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It hasn’t quite been a cakewalk for the Americans so far at the Olympic men’s basketball tournament in London, but no team has been able to hang with them over four quarters through their first six games at the event. They’ll try to keep it that way on Friday as they take on Argentina once again as a betting favorite in their semifinal matchup.
The United States managed to pull away from Australia (although not quite cover a posted 33.5-point spread) in their quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday, expanding on a 14-point halftime lead to take a 119-86 victory and advance to Friday’s semifinal round.
The Americans, at 1/20 to win gold on the basketball lines at Bovada heading into the quarterfinals, once again got balanced scoring against Australia with six players in double-digits in the game –Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Kevin Love. Only Anthony Davis was held off the scoresheet in that victory.
Now the USA gets a second date with Argentina, who they already beat 126-97 on Monday in a game they only led by a single point at halftime. Argentina covered the 2.5-point spread in their 82-77 win over Brazil in their quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Spain beat France 66-59 and Russia got past Lithuania 83-74 in the other two quarterfinal games on Wednesday, so now the Spaniards will play the Russians on Friday for a chance to advance to Sunday’s gold-medal game.
Entering the quarterfinals Spain was at 12/1 to win the tournament, and they were favored by 5.5 points against France. Russia, which had been listed at 20/1 odds to claim the gold, managed to cover a 7-point spread on the Olympic lines at Bovada in the quarterfinals.