The 2020 Summer Olympics continue in Tokyo and the action is heating up in men's basketball. On Thursday, four teams compete in semifinal action with berths in the gold medal game on the line. In the first game, the United States faces Australia. The Americans are the favorites to claim gold, but Australia remains unbeaten in Tokyo.
Tip-off is set for Thursday at 12:15 a.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook has Team USA listed as a 12-point favorite. Team USA is also listed at -700 on the money line (risk $700 to win $100), while the Over-Under is set at 181.
Before making any 2020 Olympics bets, be sure to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.
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, with the Tokyo Summer Olympics underway, Tierney has analyzed every angle of Thursday's USA-Australia men's basketball matchup to help bettors find the best betting options. Tierney is leaning on the under for the point total.
He's also identified an x-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread. You ABSOLUTELY need to see what he has to say before locking in your picks.
Who wins Thursday's USA vs. Australia matchup? And what X-factor makes one side of the spread a MUST-BACK? Join SportsLine right now to find out which team in the USA vs. Australia game you should back against the spread, all from the expert who has crushed his Olympic picks!
In the quarterfinals, the U.S. spotted Spain a 10-point lead, then rallied behind Kevin Durant to win by 14 — two above the spread. Australia was a contrasting story: The Aussies, favored by 8.5, gutted Argentina by 38 despite the absence of veteran Aron Baynes, whose Olympics was short-circuited by injury. The result, combined with the Aussies' eight-point victory over Team USA in a recent exhibition, should have them overflowing with confidence. NBA free agents often excel when trying to impress potential suitors, and Aussies standout Patty Mills could have teams lined up with contract offers when he returns to the States. In Rio five years ago, with different rosters, the Boomers fell to Team USA by 10 in a tight game until the end. Expect a rerun here.