It’s hard to believe, but there will only be two players on the United States Men’s Basketball team heading to Rio that have played in a prior Olympics. Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony will look to lead a team that’s got plenty of NBA star power, but lacks the superstar names of LeBron James, Chris Paul, Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook. Joining Anthony and Durant in Rio will be Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, Paul George, Jimmy Butler, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan. The United States is -900 favorites to bring home the gold.

How will Brazil’s soccer team rebound from its disappointing Copa America performance? The Brazilians have never hid what their summer plans were – They’ve put all their efforts into winning the gold medal at home, and were not concerned with what happened at Copa America. But still, getting eliminated in the group stage was surely not on the agenda. In fact, Brazil fired its manager after failing to advance to the knockout stage. Can Brazil regroup and capture the only global soccer championship that eludes them? Despite their poor Copa America performance, the Brazilians remain +250 favorites to win the gold medal. Odds below are courtesy of the South Point Casino in Las Vegas…


Jay Richards

Freelance sports writer for a number of local, regional, and national outlets. Owner of a 2014-15 Ohio State National Championship ticket at 75-1. Thank you, Urban Meyer, for funding that vacation to the Bahamas. Proud Penn State graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders' Black Hole.

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