USA vs. France: Men’s Basketball Preview

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A fourth straight gold is on the line for USA men’s basketball, as the only thing standing in their way is the team they lost to in their first Tokyo contest.

USA and France square off in a rematch to receive the top medal at 10:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. PT.  France knocked off USA 83-76 as a 12.5-point underdog at William Hill Nevada when the two met earlier in Tokyo in a Group A showdown.

Despite trailing by double digits in their previous two games, USA has won and covered in the quarterfinals against Spain and in the semifinals against Australia. France squeaked past Luka Doncic and Slovenia in the other semifinal matchup, thanks to a Nicolas Batum last-second block.

USA opened as a 12.5-point favorite for tonight’s head-to-head at William Hill Nevada. Now USA (-1100 on the moneyline) is up to -13 over France (+700 ML), with the total residing at 175.5.

The majority of William Hill bettors like USA to cover the big number, as they’ve collected 59% of the total number of tickets and 60% of the total dollars wagered among all spread bets against France.

For moneyline and total, however, there’s more division.

France actually has the advantage in total number of tickets for moneyline at 66%, yet USA is dominating in total dollars wagered at 98%. That includes one Nevada bettor who put down $27,705 on USA ML -1100 for a total potential payout of $30,475.50.

The biggest wager on the underdog comes on the spread, where another Nevada bettor placed $3,000 on France +12.5 (-110) for a total potential payout of $5,727.30.

For the total, the over has seized 53% of the total number of tickets while the under has attracted 58% of the total dollars wagered.

When William Hill Nevada first released futures for men’s basketball in Tokyo, USA opened as the -550 favorite while France had the third-lowest odds at 15/1. Ahead of the first game, USA moved to -400 and France dropped to 10/1. One Nevada bettor put $700 on France 10/1 to get gold for a total potential payout of $7,700.

Check out William Hill’s latest odds and trends for tonight’s battle between USA and France below.

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