April Ross and Alix Klineman of Team USA take on Australia's duo of Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar on Thursday night in the women's beach volleyball golkd medal match at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Ross will look to complete her set of medals by adding gold to the silver she won at the 2012 London Olympics and the bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics when she was paired with other teammates. Clancy and Artacho del Solar, ranked fifth in the world, are looking to pull off yet another upset. The duo stunned the No. 1 ranked team from Canada in the quarterfinals, defeating Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12.
First serve is set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Klineman and Ross are listed as the -187 favorite in the latest 2020 Tokyo Olympic women's beach volleyball odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while Clancy and Artacho del Solar are the +138 underdogs. Before you make any 2020 Olympics bets or Tokyo 2020 predictions, be sure to see what SportsLine Olympics expert Mike Tierney has to say. (To keep up with how the Americans are faring at Olympics 2020, check out our medal tracker)
A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. For Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet Over on Team USA's gold-medal count (41.5) and Over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.
And for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning Under 10.5 gold medals (+110).
Now, Tierney has analyzed Thursday's women's beach volleyball final from every angle to help bettors cash in at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Head over to our 2021 Olympics page for more analysis and updates)
He has identified an X-factor that has him jumping all over one team on the money line. You ABSOLUTELY need to see what he has to say before locking in your picks.
Who wins gold in Thursday's 2020 Tokyo Olympics women's beach volleyball final? And what X-factor makes one team a MUST-BACK on the money line? Join SportsLine right now to find out which team you should back in the women's beach volleyball final, all from the expert who has crushed his Olympic picks!
Women's beach volleyball final
April Ross and Alix Klineman (USA) vs. Mariafe Artacho del Solar and Taliqua Clancy (Australia)
Wait, hasn't the Aussie duo defeated the Americans in three out of five meetings? Yes, but the setting has never been for Olympics gold. Ross, 39, already sports a silver and a bronze from the past two Games. She and Klineman, 31, own the experience edge against the 20-somethings from Down Under. Klineman converted late from indoor to beach volleyball, and the transition with her new partner took time. Now, they seem a perfect fit, having dropped just one set in the tournament. The fifth-seeded Aussies have only lost two but have benefited from a smooth road to the finals, with the top seed being eliminated early. The U.S. pair trained for a week in the sticky Orlando weather, which prepared them for the boiling conditions that await.
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