Guide to Olympic Basketball Online Betting

Published July 27, 2012 by OCR Editor

Guide to Olympic Basketball Online Betting

2012 Summer Olympics Basketball Betting: Where to Bet?

Basketball has always been a big Olympic discipline, from the classic US-USSR battles of the 1970s and 80s through, to the American Dream Team that appeared at Barcelona 1992. London 2012 will be just as huge.

London 2012 Basketball

Twelve men's and women's basketball teams are competing for Olympic glory at the newly built 12,000 seat Basketball Arena and the existing 02 Arena in London between July 28 and August 12. The United States men's and women's teams are both defending the current gold medal championships.

FIBA international rules are used at the Olympics, which means that games last for 40 minutes - split into four 10-minute quarters. Both tourneys begins with a preliminary stage of two groups of six, followed by semi-finals between the four best teams and a final that will decide the gold and silver medallists.

Where to Bet

As with all the Olympic disciplines, William Hill, bet365 Sports and 888sport are all offering betting on basketball tournament results. Hill is offering customers access to all basketball wager options through its pull-down menu. Just click men or women, basketball, and then choose what you would like to bet on.

William Hill Sportsbook has online betting on gold medal winner, finishing position, group A and B winner, podium finish, tournament head-to-head (involving selected countries), and then individual match betting. It is also offering betting on who will outright win if the US is excluded - making the field more open.

Selected Odds

William Hill is paying 1/6 on the US winning the men's tournament. But the odds for Outright without USA are as follows: Spain, 4/9, France, 13/2, Argentina, 9/1, Russia, 10/1, Brazil, 14/1, Lithuania, 20/1, Australia, 28/1, Team Great Britain, 80/1, Nigeria, 100/1, China, 150/1, and Tunisia, 700/1.

The women's basketball is just as clear-cut, with the US 1/10 to win gold and 1/200 to have a podium finish. Other odds for podium finish are as follows: Australia, 4/11, Russia, 2/5, France, 9/4, Czech Republic, 4/1, Turkey, 5/1, Brazil and China 10/1.

The Team GB men's team is 66/1 to win a bronze medal at home, and 40/1 to finish fourth and lose the bronze playoff. Realistically it won't progress past the group stage, and is paying 6/5 to finish between fifth and eighth (after classification matches) and 4/7 to finish in the tournament's bottom four teams.

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