2020 Tokyo Olympics Men's Basketball: Matches to Bet On July 28th

2020 Tokyo Olympics Men’s Basketball: Matches to Bet On July 28th

The Olympics Men’s Basketball tournament continues with the second round of play on Wednesday, July 28, with four matches featuring some of the strongest national basketball teams in the world. With a lot of basketball action to follow, also come betting opportunities, which we will explore in today’s Olympics Basketball betting article.

Olympic Men’s Basketball Tournament – Wednesday, July 28 Matches Betting Preview

Nigeria vs Germany

  • When: Wednesday, July 28

Nigeria enter this match following a 67-84 loss against Australia, who handed them their second loss of the month after they’ve already beaten them 108-96 in a pre-Olympics friendly. Even though Nigeria struggled against the Aussies, they have done well earlier this month, beating Argentina (94-71) and the USA (90-87).

Germany are 4-1 in their last five outings. That run includes a loss (82-92) against Italy in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Basketball tournament opener, as well as three victories against Russia (69-67), Croatia (86-76), and Brazil (75-64) earlier this month.

Germany enters this match as +144 underdogs, which seems fair. Nigeria might have lost their Olympics opener, but it was against the in-form Australia, who are one of the main favorites to secure a medal in Tokyo.

Prediction: Nigeria to win

USA vs Iran

  • When: Wednesday, July 28

The USA are the main betting favorites to win gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics basketball tournament. That isn’t too shocking if you look at their roster; however, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee them success.

The USA enter this match following a heavy 76-83 loss against France, who defeated them in the opening round. That, however, wasn’t the first time Gregg Popovich’s men underperformed.

In the pre-Olympics friendlies, the USA lost to Nigeria (87-90) and Australia (83-91) but bounced back with two back-to-back wins against Argentina (108-80) and Spain (83-76).

Iran are 0-4 in their last four with losses against Japan (50-76), Spain (61-88, 53-96), and the Czech Republic, who beat them 84-78 in the first round of the Olympics basketball tournament.

The points spread for this match is set at 38.5 points, which may seem fair; however, with the form the USA have been showing, you could consider a smaller wager on the outsiders. Iran have yet to defeat a team as strong as the USA, and we don’t expect that to change on Wednesday.

That said, it’s not entirely unlikely that the USA will want to preserve their strength for more important matches.

Prediction: Iran +38.5 points

Italy vs Australia

  • When: Wednesday, July 28

Australia enter this match in excellent form, having won all of their last six outings. That run includes victories against Hong Kong (115-52), New Zealand (81-52), Argentina (87-84), the USA (91-83), and two against Nigeria (108-69, 84-67).

Italy managed a 1-6 record in their last seven fixtures but are 4-0 in their last four. During that stretch, the Italian basketball team won against Puerto Rico (90-83), Dominican Republic (79-53), Serbia (102-95), and Germany (92-82).

Australia are priced as the betting favorites here, which isn’t too shocking. They are in great form and have done well against teams considerably better than any squad Italy had to face recently. We like Australia with a -9.5 points handicap. 

Prediction: Australia -9.5 points

Czech Republic vs France

  • When: Wednesday, July 28

France secured a massive 83-76 victory against the United States basketball team on Sunday. It marked their first victory after a four-game dry streak, during which they lost against Great Britain (73-94), Spain (77-86, 79-87), and Japan (81-75).

France’s victory against the USA looks very good on paper; however, if you consider the form the USA basketball team has been showing of late, Les Bleus’ success on Sunday becomes far less inspiring. That is not to say that France don’t deserve some recognition for winning, but it definitely doesn’t prove that they’re now in great form.

The Czech Republic are priced as high as +365 to defeat France, which is way too high. Don’t be fooled by France’s stacked roster – they have not won anything of note since the 2019 World Cup. The Czech Republic are in good form and an excellent value bet!

Prediction: Czech Republic to win


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