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Team USA men’s basketball bounces back with rout against Iran

Damian Lillard led the U.S. in scoring with 21 points in a 120-66 win over Iran in Group play.

Khris Middleton #8 of Team United States high fves teammate Jayson Tatum #10 and Damian Lillard #6 during the first half of a Men’s Preliminary Round Group A game on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 28, 2021 in Saitama, Japan.     Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Team USA basketball has been under a lot of scrutiny lately (as have many athletes). The U.S. shook off some of those demons late Wednesday night by defeating Iran 120-66 in their second game of the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. now has 3 points atop of Group A, though France and Czech Republic are currently in a game right now to see who will jump up into first ahead of Team USA.

Damian Lillard led the U.S. in scoring with 21 points while Devin Booker and Jayson Tatum combined for another 30 points. Everyone on Team USA got into the game and everyone scored, six players getting into double figures. It was the type of win Team USA desperately needed, granted it was against an incredibly weak opponent.

The U.S. entered the game as 42-point favorites, covering that insane spread. The public had 58 percent of the bets on Iran to cover 42 points, which they didn’t. The over/under came in around 164 and was smashed thanks to the U.S., the public had things right there with 64 percent of the bets. USA was -9000 on the moneyline and had a large portion of the betting percentage as a result.