The United States men's basketball team continues its quest for gold on Thursday afternoon by taking on Nigeria in Group A action. The preliminary round game is scheduled for a 5:15 p.m. EST start time and it will be televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. 2012 Olympics Basketball USA vs. Nigeria Odds and Picks have the Americans as massive favorites at -42 points with the total for the game set at 168 points.
The Americans return five players from the 2008 Olympians in Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams. Newcomers to the team this year include Tyson Chandler, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Andre Iguodala, and Kevin Love, making them an obvious choice to be the best team assembled in the world. Not many people are expecting any team in the Olympics to even cause the Americans problems in the 2012 Summer Games as the USA is still the massive favorites to win the Gold medal this year in Great Britain.
In United States' first game of the pool play, they were 24.5 point favorites over France and went on to beat down on the French 98-71 in a contest that was a decent matchup in the opening half before it got ugly in the second half. Argentina is the only other team in the Olympics that has scored more points than the Americans in a single game, beating up on Lithuania 102-79 in their first pool play matchup of the Games.
The second game saw the American men struggle in the first half from pulling away from Tunisia, but ultimately winning by almost 50 points. A massive 39 point third quarter allowed USA to pull away for good en route to a bashing of Tunisia. Nigeria beat Tunisia, but was beat up by Lithuania in their second game. It's not going to get any better tonight as the Americans will more than likely push 100+ points again and dominate the Nigerians by covering the point spread.
2012 Olympics Basketball USA vs. Tunisia Odds:
USA -42 (-110), Over 168 (-110)
France +42 (-110), Under 168 (-110)
Thursday, August 2, 2012 Olympics Basketball Schedule and Odds:
France (Group A) -7, Over 151.5
Lithuania (Group A) +7, Under 151.1
Australia (Group B) -8.5, Over 148.5
China (Group B) +8.5, Under 148.5
Argentina (Group A) -24, Over 151
Tunisia (Group A) +24, Under 151
Brazil (Group B) +6, Over 146.5
Russia (Group B) -6, Under 146.5
Spain (Group B) -17, Over 156.5
Great Britian (Group B) +17, Under 156.5
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