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Why Team USA is The Team to Beat in 2016 Olympics

Team USA just had a great start by beating China. Here’s why they will take charge at the sportsbooks and bring home the gold in the 2016 Olympics.

Kevin Durant Team USA

Team USA is out to win the gold in the 2016 Olympics. Since basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936, the United States has won the gold medal 14 times which includes 5 times in the last six Olympics. The United States has a 130-5 record in 135 Olympic basketball games. The only letdown was in Greece 2004 where they settle for the bronze medal with a record of 5-3.

While the Zika virus scare has prevented Team USA’s best athletes such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and Russel Westbrook to join the fray, The Americans are still the favorites to win the gold in Rio this year. Kevin Durant, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony will spearhead the American squad which sits as a big 1600 chalk to claim the gold this month. Even without two MVPS LeBron James and Steph Curry, Team USA is an overwhelming force that could sweep the tournament.

Team USA is no doubt, favored to win the gold medal in Rio. While the Americans remain sportsbooks favorites, bettors who are looking to play it safe in betting on the tournament favorites can check some alternatives. Bettors will find value in France at +1400 and Spain at +1000 respectively.

Tony Parker France

Pau Gasol previously announced that he will skip the 2016 Olympics, but the Spaniard changed his mind and decided to suit up for Spain. Gasol is one of four NBA players for Spain, together with five players from Europe’s top basketball squad – Real Madrid. For France, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker will be joined by Boris Diaw and Nicolas Batum. The French are looking to unseat the Americans this year as well.

Pau Gasol Spain

Aside from France and Spain, OddsShark.com says that other contenders to win the gold are Argentina at +2800, Brazil at +2800, and Serbia at +2200. The 2016 Olympics basketball games will prove the be a tight uphill climb for any team as Team USA is on a roll already. Be sure to manage your bets and monitor real-time updates.

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