Rio 2016: SPF Experts Offer Olympic Basketball Betting Picks
The SPF Experts will be breaking down the Olympic play and providing their best Olympic basketball betting picks.
Many of the top NBA players have opted out either due to injury, rest or the threat of the ongoing zika virus. Still, team USA appear to be in great shape with a balanced and experience roster full of talent, as he team looks for its 15th olympic gold medal.
Team USA is leaving a ton of talent at home with Stephen Curry, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook turning down their invites. Even without the biggest stars in the NBA, Team USA has enough firepower to aim for Gold and Coach K will be sure to have his team ready.
The rest of the field can take hope that Spain pushed the Americans in the past two Olympic finales, coming up short by 11 and seven points. However, the Spanish must compensate for the absence of injured Marc Gasol.
Australia’s premier player, Andrew Bogut, is hindered by an ailing knee.
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Gasol is one of four NBA players on Spain’s national team, which also features five players from Europe’s top basketball team, Real Madrid.
France’s national team in 2016 will feature five NBA players, led by veteran guard Tony Parker, Utah Jazz teammates Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert, and Charlotte’s Nicolas Batum. Batum enjoyed career highs in points per game (14.9) and assists per game (5.8) in his first year with the Hornets last season.
Fact: In 135 Olympic basketball games all-time, the United States is an astounding 130-5, which includes five 8-0 runs over the last six years. The one glaring exception to the United States’ basketball dominance came in 2004 in Greece, when that group went an embarrassing 5-3 in eight games and settled for a bronze metal.
The SPF Experts are eager for the Olympic games to get underway and this will be a great opportunity to make some bonus money on the hardwood.
All Men’s Olympic Basketball picks will be released the night before the action and only the top picks of the action will be released.