Sportsbook Lines: Team USA vs. Nigeria

Two down and Team USA's next victim awaits in the wings for a Thursday night matchup in London. The 2012 Olympic basketball tourney resumes for the Americans at 5:15ET with the U.S squad beating... I mean meeting Nigeria. The "contest" can be seen nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

You may want to tune in early, as this could get ugly fast. After a slow start versus Tony Parker and his compatriots from France in the first group A game on Sunday, the United States pulled away for a 98-71 victory. Kevin Durant led the way as he had done in a few of the Olympic tuneups by scoring 22 points. LeBron James didn't feel like scoring so he dished out 8 assists to teammates while attempting only 6 shots.

Another slow start was on tap Tuesday against Tunisia, as Team USA only lead by 13 at the game's midpoint. You say only 13? Yes, considering the U.S. was a 54 point favorite. They failed to cover, eventually winning by "only" 47, 110-63. Check the Sportsbook Odds for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Coach K went with the reserves in the 2nd half insisting that was the plan all along. Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love each had 16 points and even Anthony Davis got into the act with 12. Durant contributed 13.

Perhaps this group of NBA stars should shoot more threes during the pregame warmup to avoid the early misses seen in both of the first two affairs. They missed their first 6 from beyond the arc on Sunday and followed that up with an 0-8 showing to begin the game Tuesday.

Nigeria has some peripheral NBA talent with players like Al Farouq Aminu who was selected eighth in the 2010 draft by the L.A. Clippers. Ike Diogu was also a former top ten NBA pick and appeared in 225 games. Then there's Tony Skinn who played for George Masons 2006 Final 4 team. Start your Online Sportsbook action on the Olympic Games

They did win their opener by 4 over the same Tunisia team the U.S. beat by 47. Nigeria was beaten by Lithuania in its last contest, 72-53.

Team USA is a 42.5 point favorite to win against the Nigerians. The over/under is 168 total points.

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