Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Summer Olympics Men’s Basketball: Australia vs. Nigeria odds, picks and prediction

In Summer Olympics Men’s Basketball action Sunday, Australia and Nigeria play in a 4:15 a.m. ET tip-off at Saitama Super Arena. Below, we preview the Australia vs. Nigeria odds and lines, and make our best Summer Olympics bets, picks and predictions.

Australia has several current or former NBA players on its roster, including Aron Baynes, Matthew Dellavedova, Joe Ingles, Patty Mills and Dante Exum. Australia took care of business against the United States in a tune-up match. The Boomers have a lot of international experience, and that will help them shine through.

Nigeria also shocked Team USA in an exhibition game leading up to the Olympics. This team is led by former NBA head coach Mike Brown, and Josh Okogie and Jahlil Okafor are NBA veterans.

Australia vs. Nigeria: Odds, spread and lines

Odds via BetMGM ; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated Saturday at 6:40 p.m. ET.

  • Money line: Australia -400 (bet $400 to win $100) | Nigeria +300 (bet $100 to win $300)
  • Against the spread/ATS: Australia -8.5 (-110) | Nigeria +8.5 (-110)
  • Over/Under: 172.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)

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Australia vs. Nigeria: Odds, lines, predictions and picks

Prediction

Australia 93, Nigeria 86

Money line (ML)

Australia (-400) will cost you four times your potential return, and that’s risky in the Olympic opener against a good Nigeria side which showed how dangerous it can be in exhibition play.

AVOID.

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Against the spread (ATS)

NIGERIA +8.5 (-110) should be able to keep it within four buckets in this Group B opener.

Yes, the Aussies have a lot of NBA talent, but it’s not exactly like it has a star-studded roster. Australia has a lot of role players and its success depends largely upon its long-distance shooting, too.

Over/Under (O/U)

OVER 172.5 (-105) is worth a roll of the dice in this group-play opener. Australia has a solid perimeter team, and Nigeria should be able to find plenty of space in the middle and down low. This could be a very interesting end-to-end game.

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