UPDATE: Team USA lost 91-83 to Australia. Damian Lillard led the US with 22 points. Patty Mills led Australia with 22 points.
USA basketball kicked off its exhibition schedule with a shocking 90-87 defeat at the hands of Nigeria. The winners shot 20 of 42 from three-point range in the upset, forcing Team USA to go back to the drawing board as it looks to capture a fourth consecutive gold medal in the sport at the Tokyo Olympics. This was only the third exhibition loss for Team USA since 1992.
Up next is a matchup against Australia, a country with plenty of basketball talent and a strong domestic league in the NBL. Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons isn’t participating, but Patty Mills, Joe Ingles, and Matthew Dellavedova are some familiar names for NBA fans on the roster.
Here’s how bettors and fans can tune into the action.
USA vs. Australia
Date: Monday, July 12
Time: 8 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBCSN
Expect Team USA to look significantly better in this contest, especially after a humbling loss in the first exhibition game. The Americans will still be missing Devin Booker, Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday due to the NBA Finals taking place, but should still be able to get a win.