Olympic Basketball Betting: Team USA to Beat Nigeria
|Written by Gaby Varji|
|Thursday, 02 August 2012 13:33|
So far Team USA has been unbeaten in the Men’s Basketball Olympic tournament. This afternoon they will take on the Nigerian team and they hope to keep their winning streak on the same track. Odds show that Team USA is the favorite for this game at -42 points. FIBA rankings show that Nigeria is the 21st ranked team. There is a huge gap between these two teams. First of all, FIBA rankings have the US team as # 1. They are currently adding up 852 points in the ranking system for FIBA and Nigeria is only at 67.6.
After losing against Lithuania, the Nigerian team is hoping to recover or at the very least give the US team a very hard time and avoid them covering the spread for the game. Against Lithuania they lost by 19 points. Nigeria has the experience of former NBA players such as Olumide Oyedeji, Ike Diogu and Al-Farouq Aminu who altogether added up a total of 33 points and 11 rebounds. They also have Al-Farouq Aminu’s brother who is a great asset to the team. In their last game he managed to score 10 points and 6 boards. However this fact will not be enough to win against the US.
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With 17.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. It has been Kevin Durant who has led Team USA in scoring in the last two games they played. Stats show that the US percentage of shooting as a team is at .521 from the field .360 on three pointers. On the contrary Nigeria is showing numbers substantially below the US. In shooting percentage they are at .286 from the field and .229 in three point shooting.
Handicappers at BSN Sports blog believe that this match will be a very easy one for the US team and that it will basically be a tune-up match and although anything can happen in the world of sports, it is safe to say that Nigeria will not an upset for Team USA.
Spread: USA -42