Olympic sporting events haven’t been big at sportsbooks but that could change as the Nevada Gaming Commission allowed bets to be placed on the 2016 Summer Olympics at casinos within Nevada. This could spread to many other casinos in different parts of the world as well as many online casinos.
This is a big deal as the men’s basketball program will certainly be a thrilling one to check out as the games get underway. The competition in this sport will certainly be strong.
Can Anyone Top the Americans?
The American team is expected to be the favorite to win in this event. However, there will be plenty of controversy as there will be 34 players who are going to compete to be on the team. These include such stars as Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Blake Griffin, LeBron James and John Wall.
Other Big Challengers
The Spanish men’s basketball team should make for a good contender. Pau and Marc Gasol are expected to be contenders to get on this team.
France should also be a good contender as the team is home to many noteworthy NBA players. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and Ruby Gobert are among the players on this team.
Australia is also a popular team worth watching. A few NBA stars can be found on the Australian team including Matthew Dellavedovand Dante Exum.
What About the Host?
Brazil will automatically qualify to play in the Olympics as it is the host country. Tiago Splitter, Leandro Barbosa and Nene Hilario are all going to play for the team. Anderson Varejao should also be playing for the team.
The men’s basketball program at the 2016 Olympics will be held from August 6-21 and will take place at the Olympic Training Center Hall 1, the first of four indoor arenas that will host a number of Olympic sports in Rio de Janeiro. This will be an appealing tournament that will be even bigger thanks to betting being made available in many spots this time around.