Team USA is looking to retaliate against Australia after losing their first exhibition game 91-83 in Las Vegas. On Friday night, they get a chance to even things out and gain some momentum before the big event. It was a wake-up call for the three-time defending Olympic gold medalists despite it being an exhibition game only.
This is their second to the last exhibition game, with the last one being against Spain. Meanwhile, the Australians are looking good leading up to the Olympics with three straight wins. They claimed back-to-back wins against Argentina and the most recent win coming from a 108-69 blowout against Nigeria.
With their final contest of the exhibition stage, we anticipate more urgency from both sides as they try to seize every opportunity to practice plays and build more team chemistry before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics goes underway. That being said, NitroBetting covers the specifics of this USA vs. Australia game, including event details, Basketball odds, betting trends, and expert betting predictions. Be sure to check out for this and more sports betting odds and lines at our online Bitcoin sportsbook!
USA vs. Australia Exhibition Game Info
- When: Friday, July 16, 2021, 6:00 PM ET
- Where: Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
- TV: NBCSN
- Radio: NBC Sports Radio
- Live Stream: fubo.tv
- Basketball Odds: TBA
Why is USA a safe bet to win?
There’s still plenty of work to do before the U.S men’s basketball team shows their true potential. After losing to Nigeria in the first exhibition game followed by another defeat to Australia in their second game, they were able to find some rhythm after securing a 108-80 victory against Argentina. All five starters of the team scored double digits, showcasing their offensive prowess in the process. More than that, they put in the work on the defensive side holding Argentina to just 38.4% shooting from the field.
After a couple of disappointing exhibition games, Team USA lived up to its potential on Tuesday night, and we expect them to bring the same level of intensity. Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal recorded 17 points each, while Zach LaVine scored 15 for his team. The Americans did well from the field, ending the night with 51% shooting from the field, and were off to a good start, scoring 33 first-quarter points to set the tone. Portland Trail Blazers star guard and Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo scored 13 points and 12 points, respectively. Ultimately, this was a much-needed win for the team as they take on the Boomers the second time.
Why is Australia a safe bet to win?
The Boomers had to shuffle their lineup before playing the second game of their back-to-back set. NBA stars Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, and Aron Baynes spent their time watching the game on the sidelines. But despite the lack of firepower, or so we thought, the Australians demolished Nigeria in a 39-point victory to stretch their winning streak to three games.
A total of six players recorded double figures for the team, led by Chris Goulding’s 21 points. The Melbourne United guard shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the 3-point line as the Boomers lit up the court and hit 18 shots from beyond the arc on 62.1% efficiency.
One of Australia’s key players in the upcoming Olympics is Josh Giddey, who drained 14 points and dished out 3 assists, and 4 rebounds in 24 minutes. We expect him to make an impact alongside his teammates come Friday night as we see the star players return to the court. As he works towards his 2022 NBA Draft aspirations, we get to see the 18-year-old guard work his magic with a much more solid starting five.
USA vs. Australia Basketball Betting Trends
- Team USA won their last Olympic game against Australia by 10 points.
- Team USA is 5-2 in their last 7 games against Australia.
- Team USA is 1-2 in their last 3 exhibition games in 2021.
- Australia is 2-3 in their last 5 games against the USA.
- Australia won their last 2 games against the USA by 2 points and 8 points, respectively.
- Australia is 3-0 in their last 3 exhibition games in 2021.
USA vs. Australia Betting Prediction
This is a chance for the Australians to once again show what they are made of, and a 3-game winning streak gives the team overflowing morale and confidence coming into the game. If they can replicate what they did in their first exhibition game with Team USA, there’s a good chance they walk away with the win. However, as the Americans start to build momentum, they can put more pressure on their opponents and have the upper hand this time around.
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