This week is a big one for the basketball players at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as they head out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds. The quarterfinals are here on both the men’s and women’s side of things, with the men getting started first on Monday night, while the women will see their quarterfinal games start on the 4th. There are some definite favorites on both sides, but we have already seen some surprises. Will that carry over into the knockout stages or will the cream rise to the top now that the games take on a whole new level of importance? Let’s look at both, men and women tournaments to see how things are shaping up so you can continue betting against the Olympics Betting odds.
Olympics Basketball Women’s and Men’s Quarter-Final Matches
The general consensus was that the American men would roll to their 5th consecutive gold medal, but they have not looked particularly good throughout this tournament, dropping a game to France in the group stage. The US will face Spain in the quarterfinal matchup and will be favorites given that they are a perfect 12-0 in games versus Spain. This one, though, might be closer than a lot of people expect.
The Australians are looking for their first Olympic medal in basketball, but they are going to have a tough path to the final 4, as they will need to get past Argentina, with the winner of that game potentially meeting the U.S. Argentina are one of the oldest squads in the tournament, but they are also the last team other than the United States to win gold.
On the other side of the bracket, we have Slovenia squaring off against Germany. Slovenia looked very good in the group stage, going unbeaten in their 3 games. They will be hoping that Luka Doncic continues to deliver the goods.
France, who beat the U.S. and also went unbeaten in group play, will go against Itayl in what is likely to be a bit of a defensive tussle. Neither of these two teams light things up on the offensive side of the court, so expect a tight one.
At the time of writing, we are still waiting to see how the quarterfinals will shape up, as there is one more group game to be played on Monday night. What we do know is that 7 of the 8 teams moving on have been decided. The final games sees Australia and Puerto Rico go head-to-head, with Canada waiting in the wings to see if they will land one of the two 3rd place finisher spots.
The seeds for the quarterfinals are China, the US, and Spain, all of whom went unbeaten through the group stage. Belgium will also be seeded after finishing 2-1.
The unseeded teams are Serbia, Japan, and France, with that final spot just waiting to be filled on Monday night. Once we know who that final team is, we will know who will face who in the quarterfinals. You do have to say, though, that the American women look like the team to beat at this point.
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