When it comes to the Olympics, there is no sport more popular for sports bettors than basketball. Given the 2021 Tokyo Games will take place right after the NBA Finals, this makes for a perfect transition for basketball fans and bettors alike. As is custom for any major sporting event, there are futures markets to be wagered on ahead of the start. For the 2021 Olympics, this is no exception. Sportsbooks have posted odds to win the gold for basketball in this summer’s Olympic Games.
Let’s take a look at the latest men’s basketball gold medal odds, some top contenders to win the tournament for the Tokyo Games, and our 2021 Olympics betting picks for the sport of basketball.
Olympic Basketball Gold Medal Odds – Tokyo Games
Here is a look at the latest odds to win the gold medal for basketball at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Of course, the USA basketball team is favored at -335 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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2021 Olympic Basketball Contenders
There are some sure contenders for this year’s Tokyo Games as many top basketball countries will battle for gold. Here is a look at the top contenders to win the gold medal in basketball for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
USA Basketball Gold Medal Odds
To no one’s surprise, the USA men’s basketball program is the heavy favorite in the 2021 Olympics for the Tokyo Games. With a roster sporting some of the best basketball players in the entire world, including a full roster of NBA starters and All-Stars, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
The US men’s basketball team is -335 at DraftKings Sportsbook, and sports a roster including:
- Kevin Durant
- Damian Lillard
- Devin Booker
- Jayson Tatum
- Bradley Beal
- Khris Middleton
For the first time in a few Olympics, the US has a blended team of players that fit, as they are well-rounded with Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green, Jrue Holiday, and Kevin Love to go along with top NBA stars and scorers. Without a doubt, the US should win the gold medal as evidenced by their -335 price. Here are some highlights from the 2016 Olympic team.
Serbia Olympic Basketball Odds
Should USA be upset, Serbia at +1100 is a possible winner. With that said, without Nikola Jokic it will be tough sledding for the Serbian team. With other impactful NBA players along with some talented Euroleague players such as Vasilije Micić, Serbia is set to perform on the world stage. If Jokic had played, Serbia would likely be close to a +400 price or better.
Nikola Jokic announces he won’t be available to play for Serbia in the Olympics, citing the need for his body to recover after a grueling stretch of basketball. https://t.co/tJ6tvn8ti8
— Mike Singer (@msinger) June 16, 2021
France Gold Medal Odds – Tokyo Olympics
The final team worth wagering on at value on DraftKings Sportsbook is France at +1700, who has a roster loaded with NBA talent. Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, and Nicolas Batum will highlight the roster but some talented secondary players such as Nando De Colo, Thomas Heurtel, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, France is as deep as roster as anyone in the OIympics. With other countries lacking a true big man, Gobert could be in for a terrific tournament which certainly benefits the French.
Rudy Gobert and 4 other #NBA players are in the France MNT 12-man roster for the Tokyo #Olympics.
The NBA players could be forced to miss the tournament if they’ll have to play in the Finals.
France is among the 12 teams that will compete in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8 pic.twitter.com/QvCxauJUcS
— Davide Chinellato (@dchinellato) May 20, 2021
Betting Picks – Olympic Basketball Gold 2021
With the Olympics on the horizon, here are our futures picks for who could win the gold medal for basketball in this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
- USA -335
- Serbia +1100
- France +1700
Yes, there is a lot of juice but this USA basketball roster is far and away the most talented for this year’s Olympic games. Does that mean they are a lock? Not exactly, as -335 paired with Spain at +800 means there are some outcomes where USA does not win the gold, but with Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard, and other top NBA players on the roster, this is USA’s gold medal to lose.
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