The Olympic men’s basketball tournament is getting ready to tip-off in Tokyo. Some of the best hoopers from around the world will be vying for gold on the court, but a traditional basketball power is standing in their way.
Even after making two last-minute roster substitutions and losing two of four exhibition games last week, Team USA is bringing another stacked 12-man squad to Tokyo as it sets its sights on a 16th Olympic title. Will the country that introduced the game claim Olympic gold this summer, or will an international foe pull off a big-time upset like Nigeria did earlier this month?
Here are the betting odds, top teams and key dates for the men’s basketball tournament at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics:
Who is the favorite to win the Olympic men’s basketball tournament?
Team USA has set the gold standard for men’s and women’s basketball at the Olympics, and both squads are poised to leave Tokyo on top.
The U.S. has medaled in all 18 of the Olympic men’s basketball tournaments it has participated in, winning gold 15 times. After a disappointing showing in the 2004 Athens Games, Team USA has stood atop the podium in the last three Olympics.
Spain has also medaled in each of the last three Olympics, falling to the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 gold medal games and earning bronze in 2016. Other contenders also feature NBA talent, with Luka Doncic leading Slovenia to its first Olympic berth, Rudy Gobert headlining a veteran French squad and Patty Mills starring for Australia. Argentina is another team poised to contend for a podium position.
The other six teams in the tournament, the Czech Republic, Nigeria, Iran, Germany, Italy and host nation Japan, come in as long shots.
Here are the full odds to win the tournament, courtesy of our partner, PointsBet:
United States, -385
Czech Republic, +8000
Who is on the U.S. men’s basketball Olympic roster?
Team USA is made up of 12 NBA stars: Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo, Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant, Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday, San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee, Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
Durant (2012 and 2016) and Green (2016) are the only members of the team who have played in a prior Games, while the other 10 players will be making their Olympic debuts.
The team’s coaching staff is helmed by Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who will be assisted by Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, former Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce and Villanova men’s basketball head coach Jay Wright.
What is Team USA’s Olympic men’s basketball schedule?
Team USA was placed in Group A for the preliminary stage of the tournament. Joining them in the group are France, Iran and the Czech Republic, with each team facing each opponent one time and the top two teams in the group standings automatically advancing to the quarterfinals.
Here is the Team USA’s preliminary round schedule:
- USA vs. France — Sunday, July 25 at 8 a.m. ET (Stream)
- USA vs. Iran — Wednesday, July 28 at 12:40 a.m. ET (Stream)
- USA vs. Czech Republic — Saturday, July 31 at 8 a.m. ET (Stream)
The quarterfinals will take place on Aug. 2 and 3, while the semifinals will be played on Aug. 5. The gold medal game will tip at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 6, and the bronze medal game is set for Saturday, Aug. 7, at 7 a.m. ET.
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