Aug. 6, 2021
Olympics Best Bets for Friday, Aug. 6, 2021
Kevin Rogers returns to the Olympics hardwood on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, providing his betting analysis, score predictions, and "Best Bets" for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics basketball games.
Gold Medal Game
Bronze Medal Game
Odds per DraftKings - Subject to Change
France vs. USA
Score Prediction: USA 104, France 89
Best Bet: USA -12.5 (-110)
Team USA slipped into a 15-point hole against Australia in the semifinals only to rally for a 97-78 victory to advance to the Gold Medal game. Kevin Durant led the United States with 23 points and nine rebounds, in spite of shooting 1-of-7 from three-point range.
The three-point shooting was an issue for Team USA in the semifinals by hitting only 9-of-28 attempts, but Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum each knocked down three treys in the win.
France held off Slovenia, 90-89 to advance to the Gold Medal round, despite getting held to 43% from the floor. The duo of Nando De Colo and Evan Fournier combined for 48 points in the win for France.
In the preliminary round, France shocked Team USA, 83-76, rallying from a seven-point deficit with 3:41 remaining by ending the game on a 16-2 run.
The United States shot 36% from the floor in that loss and they have needed to dig out deep holes at various times in this tournament. In spite of this heavy number, Team USA will cash and bring home the gold medal.
Devin Booker and Team USA seeks revenge against France in Friday's Gold Medal Game of the Olympics. (AP)
Australia vs. Slovenia
Score Prediction: Slovenia 86, Australia 81
Best Bet: Slovenia -2.5 (-110)
Australia and Slovenia each went undefeated in group play as they are meeting for the first time in these Olympics. Both teams are coming off defeats with a bronze medal on the line as Slovenia was edged by France and Australia fell apart in the second half against Team USA.
Slovenia star Luka Doncic finished with only 16 points on 5-of-18 shooting from the floor, while France hit 12-of-25 three-pointers in the win.
Australia was cruising past Team USA early, but was outscored at one point, 20-0 in a brutal loss to push them down to the bronze medal contest. Patty Mills led Australia with 15 points, but they made only 15 field goals as a team in the defeat.
Doncic didn't show up down the stretch for Slovenia in the loss to France, but expect him to step up here as a short favorite and lift them to a bronze.
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