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How the public is betting women’s basketball futures at the 2021 Olympics

Team USA is the massive favorite to win the gold medal according to bettors.

Nigeria v United States
Sue Bird of the USA Basketball Womens National Team looks on during the game against the Nigeria Women’s National Team on July 18, 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Team USA enters the Summer Games looking for a seventh straight gold medal in women’s basketball, with veterans Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi leading the squad. The last time the Americans failed to win gold was 1992, making Team USA the clear favorite in Tokyo. Below is a look at the betting splits at DraftKings Sportsbook for an event where the Americans are massive favorites.

2021 Tokyo Olympics women’s basketball gold medal betting splits

Even at -1100, bettors are not picking against Team USA. A whopping 95 percent of all bets at the sportsbook are going red, white and blue with 70 percent of the money attached. There’s a decent amount of dollars coming in on Nigeria’s women’s team, but that’s likely due to the risk-reward factor that comes with odds at +10000.

There are small amounts coming in on Australia, Japan and Serbia, but those bets are barely registering against the slips coming in on the Americans. WNBA star Liz Cambage leaving the Australian team ahead of the Olympics after reportedly having a dispute with teammates and officials has likely moved some bettors off Australia.

These splits show the massive implications of the United States potentially not winning the gold medal. There isn’t a lot of action going against the Americans, but it only takes one upset in the gold medal match to change everything.

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