Four teams are still standing and three of the nations that compete in the Women’s Basketball semifinals come from group B. Nevertheless it is the winner of group A which is the overwhelming favorite for the gold medal and the United States has an excellent chance of showcasing its value in the first semifinal. It shouldn’t be too difficult for them to overcome Australia and the only question is whether they will cover the spread or not.
Past performance that punters can rely on
What happens in the group stage is not only relevant but on this particular occasion, punters can base their decisions on what the United States achieved during its first five games. Victory was secured each time by more than 23 points and it all culminated with the 91-48 thrashing of Canada in the quarterfinals. The Americans scored almost twice as much as their opponents and the Australians should already focus on winning the match for the bronze medal.
Lauren Jackson did a memorable job in the game played against China and broke the Olympic record for most points scored. She is the player that Australian fans expect to find and exploit any gaps in the United States’ rocksolid defense, but Lauren will face the best team so far. Jackson is not the only gifted player in Australia’s lineup, as Elizabeth Cambage stood in the spotlight for just as long as Laurean and help her team qualify from the group stage. Tonight though, the Americans will probably prevail by more than 22,5 points and the spread will be covered for odds of 1.90.
Pleasant memories for French women
France won group B without losing a single game, despite the fact that the Europeans needed two overtimes to defeat Australia and Great Britain. They had a much easier mission against the team which eventually finished on the second place and this should boost their confidence before the semifinal. The French women will face Russia once again and this time the result of the game counts towards more than statistics.
Last time these two teams met in the group stage, France won with ease by putting nine points between them and their opponents. Both teams had a difficult job against Turkey and the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals and moved further in the competition with a minimum advantage all three points. The difference is that while France led from minute one, the Russians won at the buzzer and were unable to cover the gaps in their defense. Bet365 and all bookmakers favor France to win once again but the odds for a straight victory are a puny 1.50 so it is worth betting on the spread of -4,5 point at odds of 1.90.