Two to Watch – Olympic Basketball

This entry was posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

GB to Basketball what the US is to Cricket

In the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, the Canadians invented a new slogan – ‘Own the Podium.’ It in effect meant capitalising on home advantage – doing everything within the law (if not within the Olympic spirit) to bring home a record number of golds.

It is not know yet whether Messrs Coe, Woodward et al are embarking on a similar measure, but should they turn their gold-dreaming eyes towards basketball, we wish them all the best. Team GB are a massive 350/1 shot to bring home the Gold Medal and it should be nearer 3,500,000/1. They might have to literally own the ball (and then take it home) to get close to a medal.

It should be a procession for the USA who have won 14 of the 17 Olympic basketball tournaments they’ve entered. Star player Kobe Bryant is just one giant capable of ensuring the side retain their 2008 title.

We’re always on the hunt for value however, and in the market to be in the top three, we think we have found it. Whilst Spain are the clear second favourites (7/1) there is a market being offered on a top three finish, which essentially is a bet on who can sneak the bronze medal. We say “Alles Les Blues” at a price around 9/4.

Central to French hopes is the Franco-named Tony Parker, who is best known on these shores for once being married to Eva Longoria. Born in Brussels, but raised in Paris there were fears over his participation at London 2012 after a brawl in a New York night club just a fortnight ago left him with a cut to his eye. He has since been given the all-clear, and could galvanise this French squad into securing third.

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