Pick Team USA to Cover vs. Finland in FIBA World Cup Opener

Friday, August 29, 2014 6:28 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 6:28 PM UTC

Team USA begins pool play at the FIBA World Cup on Saturday when they meet Finland at 3:30 PM ET. The game will televised on ESPN where they’re a 35.5-point favorite on the FIBA World Cup odds

<p><strong style="line-height:1.6em">Finland vs USA</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">Saturday, August 30</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em">th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em"> – 3:30 PM ET</span><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">Odds: USA -35.5</span><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">Total: 183</span></p> <p><br /> <strong style="line-height:1.6em">What’s Team USA Made Of?</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">So by now, you’ve probably heard that there’s no<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-basketball/news/lebron-james-cavaliers-season-props-a-48123/" target="_blank" title="LeBron James &amp; Cavaliers Season Props"> LeBron James</a>, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant or Blake Griffin. Yes, they all decided to skip the FIBA festivities in Spain. You probably also heard about that Damian Lillard was cut and Paul George suffered a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/injuries-betting-odds-mount-team-usa-fiba-world-cup/48715/" target="_blank" title="Injuries &amp; Betting Odds Mount for Team USA in FIBA World Cup">grueling leg injury</a>, that will keep him sidelined off the roster (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-basketball/news/how-will-absence-paul-george-affect-pacers-a-48423/" target="_blank" title="How Will the Absence of Paul George Affect the Pacers? ">and the Indiana Pacers roster too</a>). So who’s left?</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Even with all of those subtractions, the Americans are still favored to win the FIBA World Cup at -185. They’re an extremely heavy favorite to win Group C at -2400. That’s because their roster is still fully-loaded with all sorts of talent.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">The starting lineup should look like this: Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried and Anthony Davis. Off the bench, they’re looking at guys like Derrick Rose, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, DeMar DeRozan, Mason Plumlee, DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Yeah, life is not bad for Team USA. In Group C, they shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever. They’ll share the space with the Finland, Dominican Republic, New Zealand, Turkey and Ukraine. Turkey is likely to be the toughest opponent but really, this is a lineup of cupcakes. The U.S. shouldn’t stumble until the knockout phase when they might get challenged by someone like Lithuania or Australia.</span></p> <p><br /> <strong style="line-height:1.6em">The Matchup With Finland</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">USA will start with Finland on Saturday and then play Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine all before September 4</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em">th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em">. Finland, as you might recall, sent <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nhl/who-will-win-sochi-2014-winter-olympics-men-s-hockey/37256/" target="_blank" title="Recap this article the 2014 Winter Olympics Men’s Hockey">USA hockey home without a medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Soch</a>i. It’s quite likely that the Americans avenge that loss in basketball.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">They have to win by 36 points for you to cover the bet, which is clearly a big number, but that’s going to be the biggest story here. If they lose straight-up tomorrow, it might be the apocalypse. Don’t worry; that’s not going to happen.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">Finland doesn’t have much on its roster – especially with Drew Gooden getting denied being part of the team. The only other players that NBA bettors might recognize is Petteri Koponen, who was the 30</span><sup style="line-height:1.6em">th</sup><span style="line-height:1.6em"> overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft but never did anything in the NBA, and <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/nba-basketball/free-picks/are-cleveland-cavaliers-overvalued-nba-futures-odds-a-48983/" target="_blank" title="Are Cleveland Cavaliers Overvalued in NBA Futures Odds?">Cleveland Cavaliers</a> sharpshooter Erik Murphy, who played just 2.6 minutes per game with <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/cavaliers-bulls-set-battle-eastern-conference-supremacy/48813/" target="_blank" title="Cavaliers &amp; Bulls Set to Battle for Eastern Conference Supremacy">the Chicago Bulls</a> last season.</span></p> <p><span style="line-height:1.6em">This is a complete mismatch of epic proportions and that being the case, laying the points does make sense. This is an American team constructed of a lot of new first-time faces and they’ll be looking to put on a shot. It’s a guard-heavy team too, so they should be able to get out and run a lot. Lay the points here.</span></p> <p><strong>FIBA Pick: <span style="font-size:10pt;line-height:107%;font-family:Arial, sans-serif;font-weight:normal;background-image:initial;background-attachment:initial;background-size:initial;background-origin:initial;background-clip:initial;background-position:initial;background-repeat:initial"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=120&amp;book=5Dimes" target="_blank" title="Bet at 5Dimes">USA -35.5 at 5Dimes</a></span></strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p>
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