Tokyo Olympic 2020 Men's Basketball Semifinals Odds & Parlay Predictions at 15 for 1 Payout
Wednesday, August 04, 2021
by LVSB Team

Australia Looks for an Upset over USA, Slovenia Hopes to Continue Cinderella Run vs France

Tokyo Olympic 2020 Men's Basketball Semifinals Odds & Parlay Predictions at 15 for 1 Payout

The semifinals of the Men’s Olympic Basketball tournament has the potential to provide us with the best games of the tournament to this point.

USA beat Spain 95-81 in a game that was not as one-sided as the score would indicate. Spain got off to a hot start, leading by double digits in the first quarter while the US side missed a string of three-pointers and post ups. USA found its game in the second quarter and were ready to break away in the third, building a double digit lead. Spain once again with tenacious defense went on a late run to make it a six-point affair heading into the fourth quarter.

Eventually, the US attack was too much, but at the end of the day, Spain may have shown a blueprint for how to beat the US with tenacious defense and an ability to put the US shooters in uncomfortable spots on the floor.

Spain’s main issue is that its best players are mostly in their 30s and they did not have the stamina to keep it going for four full quarters.

Australia features a core of four starters with a solid to excellent NBA track record led by Patty Mills at the point, Dante Exum, Jeff Green and Joe Ingles. Overall, they are younger than the Spanish team and they have yet to lose in the tournament. They also beat the US during a tune-up game before coming to Japan.

Last time out, they handled Argentina with ease 97-59 in what was their most complete game of the tournament. If they can replicate that effort and defense then they might be able to give the US a real run for their money.

Slovenia, led by the electric Luka Doncic has been the surprise team at the Olympics, yet to lose a game. In fact, Slovenia has never lost a game with Doncic representing his country, dating back to the EuroBasket tournament of 2017.

Their biggest win of this tournament was their opener, over a Spain team ranked second in the world and the favorite to face off against the US in the final. Instead, the Slovenians went on a late run to defeat their European rivals 95-87.

And it was the one game where Doncic’s shooting wasn’t what led the team to the win. Instead, his teammates helped pick up the slack, proving they are more than a one-man show.

France has arguably been the best team in the tournament. They toppled the mighty Americans in their opener and haven’t looked back since. On Tuesday, they beat Italy 84-75, coming back from a first quarter deficit to win the day.

The team is led by Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum.

Doncic, who plays for Dallas and Gobert who leads Utah have played many times over the past couple of seasons. Last year, Doncic averaged 28.6 PPG against the Jazz, higher than the 27.7 PPG he averaged overall.

Keep on reading to see our picks.

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Thursday, August 5, 2021
USA vs. Australia (Peacock, 12:15 am ET)
USA -11½ O/U 180½

Australia is brimming with confidence based on the way they’ve improved their game every time out. They should also be buoyed by the fact that they beat the Americans just before the tournament started. I think they’ll cover in this one against a US side that still hasn’t played their very best for a full game and we’ll have a close one to the end.
The Pick: Team USA 101-93
Australia +11½ (-105) & Over 180½
A $50 Parlay Bet will return $136 in Profit


Thursday, August 5, 2021
Slovenia vs. France (Peacock, 7:00 am ET)
Slovenia -2½ O/U 174½

I expect another terrific game for Doncic and paired with his compatriot, Zoran Dragic they should be able to dominate through the pick and roll. But Gobert is a monster at both ends and France has more talent all around. Expect another close one.
The Pick: France 89-86
France +125 & Over 174½
A $50 Parlay Bet will return $164 in Profit

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