- Team USA is favored to win the gold medal in basketball with -375 odds.
- France has +1700 odds to win the gold medal.
- Greece has +2500 odds to win gold at the Olympics.
- Canada has +7500 odds to win the gold medal at the Olympics.
LAS VEGAS — With the Summer Olympics just around the corner, the hottest show of the summer is getting ready to begin which is Team USA basketball.
The men’s basketball team is highlighted by superstars such as Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, Devin Booker, Bradley Beal, and more.
A standard to uphold. A legacy to build on.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) June 28, 2021
With so much star talent on the team, legal sports betting sites have Team USA heavily favored to walk out of Tokyo with the gold medal, however, some other countries have strong teams as well and could potentially match up with the red, white and blue.
Olympic Basketball Odds To Win
- USA -375
- Serbia +900
- Spain +900
- France +1700
- Australia +2500
- Greece +2500
- Lithuania +2500
- Argentina +3000
- Slovenia +4000
- Croatia +5000
- Turkey +5000
- Venezuela +5000
- Canada +7500
The first team that could give the United States a run for their money with their Olympic odds are the French National Team.
Team France is highlighted by plenty of NBA talent such as three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Rudy Gobert, L.A. Clippers forward, Nicolas Batum, and Boston Celtics guard, Evan Fournier amongst others.
With so much NBA talent on their team leading the way, it is hard to see the French team being beaten easily by the U.S. Not to mention, the LNB Pro A-League has been ranked in the top 10 for the toughest leagues in the world outside of the NBA which speaks volumes on its own.
That being said, bettors can certainly make money betting on France in single games throughout the Olympics and possibly even to win the gold medal.
The main reason that the Greek National Team could give Team USA a deep run for their money is because the former 2-time MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, Giannis Antetokounmpo has made it known that he intends to join his home country in Tokyo upon finishing the NBA season.
“His goal is to be at Tokyo—Whenever he can be available and healthy, he will play for the National Team,” said Antetokounmpo’s agent, Giorgos Panou.
Right now though, Giannis is dealing with a knee injury that he suffered in the Eastern Conference Finals and could be in jeopardy of missing the Olympics. If that is the case, the United States will not have a problem, if he does play, expect Team USA to target him on the defensive end.
Despite their longer odds situation, bettors should not shy away from taking a risk on this Canadian Team. It is loaded with NBA talent with the likes of RJ Barrett, Andrew Wiggins, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Dwight Powell, and more.
Now, these players might not be considered superstars in the NBA, however, being that they will be the go-to options in the Olympics could light a spark under them that they need to get their offense rolling.
With that said, these players have big enough roles in the NBA to understand what it is like to take over a game. All in all, bettors would cash out big taking the risk on Canada in single games and even bigger if they win the gold medal.
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Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.