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Dunk on the odds as the games fire up!

Dunk on the odds as the games fire up!

Olympic Men’s Basketball SF

      Betting odds will surely heat up as the Olympic Men’s Basketball approaches its gold medal match. The Americans are still the odds-on favourites to snag the gold medal, but their form during the group stages surely exposed a lot of the weaknesses of Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad. Their semi-final confrontation against old rivals Spain could give them quite the challenge.

      On the other side of the bracket is an exciting clash between Australia and Serbia. Both nations boast top-quality talent and their match will be one sports betting forums and betting websites will talk about for days. Get cozy in your seats and flex your betting muscles as the remaining basketball games will surely take your breath away.

Australia vs Serbia

Serbia were able to fend off a resurging Croatia led by Orlando magic forward Mario Hezonja and New Jersey Nets forward Bojan Bogdanovic. Despite letting go of a 14-point 3rd Quarter lead, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and company managed to hang on by the skin of their teeth. They cannot afford to play sloppy D against an Australia side that is in top form. Top defensive assignments would be Patty Mills, Aron Baynes, and Matthew Dellavedova. Andrew Bogut will crash boards if not taken care of, and Joe Ingles is always there to pick up the scoring. Moreover, Australia’s pesky defence held Jonas Valinciunas and Lithuania to a low scoring total of 64. Aleksandar Dordevic will have his hands full in trying to stop the Boomers’ rampage.

Spain vs USA

The Americans may have been all over the place during their first few matches, but they definitely sent a message when they crushed Manu Ginobili’s Olympic dreams. The Americans easily cruised over Argentina 105-78. Kevin Durant got out of his shell during the group stage, scoring a game-high 27 points. He was also well as under the net when hustling for rebounds. Paul George was US’s kingpin on the offensive and defensive end, netting 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. Team USA will still pose problems for an aging and incomplete Spain squad. However, la Roja still have enough firepower to fight the Americans despite the absences of key players Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka. Pau Gasol will always demand attention and will score at will if the defence sleeps on him. Young guns Nikola Mirotic and Willy Hernangomez are more than happy to help the 36-year-old in scoring. NBA vets Ricky Rubio, Jose Calderon, and Rudy Fernandez are more than happy to hold down USA’s speedy guards. It will be an interesting match to see, and we might be treated to a high-scoring game.





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