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When does Olympic basketball start?

The tournaments run July 25- Aug. 8. The men's group stage ends Aug. 1 with the quarterfinals beginning Aug. 3, the semifinals set for Aug. 5 and both medal games scheduled for Aug. 7 — though the gold medal game will air on Friday, Aug. 6 in the United States. The Washington PostBasketball at the Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, favorites, what to know

When is the opening ceremony for the Olympics 2021?

NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented coverage of the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23, creating a full day of Olympic programming on NBC that culminates in what is always one of the most-watched nights in television with the primetime presentation of the Ceremony. NBC ChicagoWhen Do the Tokyo Olympics Start in 2021?

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Zach LaVine clears health and safety protocols, will join U.S. Olympic men's basketball team in Tokyo on Thursday

ESPN 22 July, 2021 - 01:10am

He will join the rest of the U.S. Olympic team in Tokyo on Thursday afternoon. The Olympics begin Friday, with the U.S. set for its first pool-play game on Sunday against France.

The Chicago Bulls star was the third player to be affected in the past week, as Bradley Beal had to leave the team because of the protocols and Jerami Grant was in contact-tracing quarantine for four days.

LaVine had started the past two exhibition games in place of Beal and looked strong through the Olympic run-up. He averaged 10.3 points in the four exhibition games, third on the team behind Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant, and had several impressive transition dunks.

Team USA will also be joined by Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker, whose teams were playing in the NBA Finals that concluded Tuesday night. The three players will be on a private plane to Tokyo departing Friday, sources told The Undefeated's Marc Spears, and are expected to arrive in time for Sunday's opener.

Olympics betting: Team USA basketball odds plummet after shaky showing in exhibition play

Yahoo Sports 22 July, 2021 - 01:10am

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Team USA dropped exhibition contests to both Nigeria and Australia before rebounding with victories over Argentina and Spain. Before the exhibition games began, Team USA was a heavily favored -1000 to win the gold medal at BetMGM, meaning a bettor would need to bet $100 to win $10.

There has been a steady drop since.

Following the Nigeria loss, Team USA’s odds dropped to -800. After the Australia loss, the odds fell to -600. Now with their opening Olympic game just four days away, Team USA is listed at -350 at BetMGM.

That still makes Team USA a significant favorite, but it’s quite a drop from where the odds were just a few weeks ago. Team USA isn’t a very popular bet, either. According to BetMGM, Team USA has received 5.1% of the bets and 7.7% of the money.

The most popular team among bettors is Australia, whose odds have jumped from +2000 to +750 — the second-best behind Team USA. Australia has attracted 44.9% of the bets and 54.3% of the money and is the biggest liability for the sportsbook.

Other big liabilities for BetMGM are Slovenia, which is of course led by Luka Doncic. Slovenia is listed at +2000 and has received 15.2% of the bets and 14.6% of the money. Nigeria, which has a roster full of NBA players, is listed at +2500 and has received 10.1% of the bets and 11.4% of the money.

USA: -350 (2-7, win $2 when you bet $7)

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