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The men’s United States basketball team is heavily favored to win the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
That quest will get underway on Sunday, July 29, when Team USA will take on France in their opening game. And the United States are big favorites heading into the game.
Now, this team might not be as good at the 1992 Dream Team, but with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and company, they are on paper the most dominant force in the Olympics hands down. And the betting line for the game with France reflects that.
London Olympics Men’s Basketball betting odds available at Bovada Sportsbook have set Team USA as 25.5-point favorites over France in the game. It is the biggest line differential in the first round, but not by as much as we first thought. In fact, Spain is favored over China by 21 points. Spain comes into the 2012 Olympics as the favorite behind Team USA. Though in the last exhibition match up before the Olympics, Team USA dominated Spain.
But when it comes to the game against France, the United States will need to win by at least 26 points to cover the betting lines. For France to cover, a loss by 25 points or less is needed. If you are a bettor who likes to get a lot of points, this could be the game for you. But then again there is a reason why Team USA is favored by this amount.
The squad definitely seemed like they are playing well together coming into London, and they will be looking to make a statement right out of the gate on their journey towards another gold medal.
The United States and France tip off at 9:30 am ET on Sunday.
Below, we have the full betting odds for this match up, as well as all of the other men’s and women’s opening games beginning this week, so be sure to check them out and see how all of the countries stack up.