Olympic Basketball is always one of the premier events of the Summer Olympics, and Tokyo 2020 is no exception. With some of the best players in the world competing for a medal, Olympic basketball has provided some great sporting memories.
The twelve-team basketball tournament will be divided into three groups of four, after which the top two teams from each group, plus, the two best third place finishers will play in the quarterfinals in a knockout round format to decide the top three teams.
The United States has won 15 gold medals and are looking to win their fourth gold medal in the Tokyo games. There are other tough teams that will look to dethrone Team USA and they are Australia, Spain, and Slovenia to name a few. Here are the top 5 picks to win the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Men’s Basketball tournament as per DraftKings.
Team USA (-320)
The mega favorites to win a medal and win the whole thing, Team USA has some of the biggest stars in the world of basketball and considering that LeBron James and Stephen Curry aren’t there that’s saying something. The roster includes: Kevin Durant, Jerami Grant, Draymond Green, Zach LaVine, and Damian Lillard. Team USA is in prime position to win the whole thing.
Australia is in search of their first ever medal and they certainly have a roster that can do it. Australia finished fourth in the FIBA World Cup in 2019 and with a roster that boasts Chris Goulding, Patty Mills, Joshua Benjamin Green, Joe Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, and Nathan Sobey, the Aussies are ready to take home the gold and could be a good opposition for Team USA.
The FIBA World Champions are prime for a medal but are third when it comes to gold. That could be risky considering the roster the Spanish team has and their recent accomplishments. Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, and Ricky Rubio are three of the many talents Spain will have on display in Tokyo.
Slovenia could be a dark horse and while they may not be prime contenders for a gold medal, they could sneak a silver or bronze. Luka Doncic is the team's unquestionable star and their never say die attitude could surprise many in Tokyo.
France are still a force to be reckoned with, after finishing third in the FIBA World Cup, they will look to come home from Tokyo with a medal. France also has some notable NBA players in Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum, Evan Fournier, and Frank Ntilikina.