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Australia, Spain Main Competitors
The NBA continues to expand globally, making the competition the Americans will face as steep as it has ever been. The 12-team pool could feature as many as 50 NBA players, which would top the 46 that played at the Rio Games in 2016. Team USA leads the way, of course, with all 12 members of their team playing in the Association, but they’ll have some competition on their way to the gold-medal game.
Australia’s +850 odds at betting sites are second behind Team USA, and for good reason as we saw on Monday. They feature six NBA players, including Patty Mills and Joe Ingles, who combined for 39 points against Popovich’s team. It was also the Australians who beat the Americans in a 2019 World Cup exhibition. They’ll be a tough out despite Sixers All-Star Ben Simmons choosing to skip the Games.
Spain has two silver medals and a bronze medal during Team USA’s three-peat. They also won the 2019 FIBA World Cup and feature NBAers Pau and Marc Gasol, in addition to a handful of talented Spanish League players. Their odds sit at +1200 on the cusp of the Games.
France (available at +2600 on betting apps) knocked the United States out of the FIBA World Cup in 2019, and any team with Doncic on it will be a tough out, giving Slovenia +2400 odds to round out the top four teams behind Team USA.