USA Basketball Remains Olympic Favorite Despite Recent Struggles

April 17, 2021 Tokyo, Japan. Gold, silver and bronze medals of the XXXII Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo on the chest of the athlete.


The USA basketball team has been struggling in recent days while preparing for the Tokyo Olympics in less than two weeks. The United States, led by head coach Gregg Popovich, dropped back-to-back exhibition games for the first time since 1992 when the team started allowing professional players to participate.

Team USA dropped games to Nigeria and Australia within three days, which has led to some panic and questions about how they will fare in Tokyo.

But, in the eyes of the oddsmakers, Team USA will be just fine.

USA basketball remains the clear favorite to claim the gold medal in the coming weeks, with Australia and Spain following close behind. The biggest longshots are Japan and Iran, while Germany and the Czech Republic will also have a difficult road to the podium.

The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23, and will run through Sunday, August 8.

Who is expected to medal in Tokyo?

The complete men’s basketball odds for the 2020 Summer Games can be seen below, via

Olympic Men’s Basketball Betting Odds

TOKYO, JAPAN, JANUARY. 20. 2020: Basketball pictogram for summer olympic game Tokyo 2020


  • USA 1/6
  • Australia 9/1



  • Spain 10/1


  • France 20/1


  • Slovenia 20/1


  • Argentina 33/1


  • Nigeria 33/1


  • Italy 50/1


  • Czech Republic 80/1


  • Germany 80/1


  • Iran 500/1


  • Japan 500/1

Who do you think will be on the medal podium? Sound off in the comments section below with your thoughts and predictions.

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