Those sports investors that believe, like most of the public, that the United States are a shoe-in for the Men’s Basketball Gold Medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics then your return on investment is and will be 1-to-20 at the Las Vegas SuperBook, WestGate. Any medal but the Gold for the U.S team at this summers games in Rio will be seen as utter failure. failure.
When examining the March Madness tournament in College Basketball one of the most reliable measures of which team has the ability to take home the national championship trophy is to project the number of NBA players a school has on its roster. If the team has a duo or trio of what the experts believe to be first and second round selections in the NBA draft then they are on of those fortunate squads that can win the two games on the final weekend of the tournament then they are in turn rated in the same nature by the Las Vegas and Offshore sportsbooks in the Futures realm. The same can be said when it comes to the tourney and Odds to Win the Men’s Olympic Basketball Championship.
When it comes to the Olympics, the entire team is made up of NBA player personnel while other countries might have a duo or trio of individuals who earn a National Basketball Association salary. There are of course, exceptions to the aforementioned numbers, such as the hoopsters that represent Spain.
On any given Sunday and any given hardcourt anything can happen. The United States are an overwhelming 1-to-20 favorite to take home the Basketball Gold in Rio for good reason but there are a trio of teams that have the tools to upset the NBA All-Stars.
1. Spain, who holds the FIBA World No #2 ranking have a number of NBA players. They have finished with the silver medal in the last two Summer Olympics and have the Gasol brothers, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Mirotic and Jose Calderon playing this summer. The Spaniards has a total of eight players who currently receive a check from the NBA. I
2. Argentina is ranked No #4 by FIBA. Argentina is the last group not named the United States to win the Summer Gold and did so in 2004. Argentina has the likes of Manu Ginobli, Luis Scola, Andres Nocioni and Carlos Delfino.
3. France comes into the summer games ranked No #5 in the world by FIBA. France’s has the ability to put NBA stalwarts Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert on the floor.