The United States women's basketball team takes the floor on Monday in group play. Team USA faces France in their third and final contest during the group stage. The Americans are 2-0 in the tournament to this point and continue to operate as the overall favorite to win gold. Team USA has an ongoing winning streak of more than 50 games in Olympic competition.
Tip-off is set for Monday at 12:40 a.m. ET. William Hill Sportsbook has Team USA listed as 13.5-point favorite. Team USA is also listed at -1000 on the money line (risk $1000 to win $100), while the Over-Under is set at 155.5.
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 Monday's USA-France women's basketball matchup to help bettors find the best betting options. Tierney is leaning on the over 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.
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The road to gold has become pot-holed for the U.S. The massive favorites have failed to cover twice, beating Nigeria by just nine points and Japan by 17. The main culprit is turnovers (42). Meanwhile, France, ranked fifth internationally, is coming off a walloping of Nigeria by 25 that more than made up for an upset loss to the Japanese. Team USA plays a traditional — outdated, one might say — style that does not emphasize spacing and cuts, more common on other squads who have adopted the contemporary approach. Four French players wield WNBA experience and will not be cowed. Talent alone could lead to a seventh straight gold for the Americans, but the route won't be as smooth as in previous games.