The USA squad is a 42-point favorite over the Nigerians, who boast three current/former NBA players
The Americans destroyed Tunisia on Tuesday, winning by 47, but failed to cover the 55 points spread. Oddsmakers have lowered their expectations, setting the point spread at 42 points and 168.5 total for Thursday’s clash with Nigeria.
The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team took a while, but eventually put on the show fans came to for, downing Tunisia 110-63 on Tuesday night. Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s decision to start his reserves in the second half opened up a relatively close game that saw the Americans only leading by 13 at the half. Six players scored in double figures and the squad improved to 2-0 in the tournament.
Nigeria is coming off a 19-point defeat to Lithuania to drop its overall record to 1-1 in the tournament. Former NBA players Olumide Oyedeji and Ike Diogu dropped nine and 12 points respectively, while the Hornets’ Al-Farouq Aminu had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Nigerians edged Tunisia 60-56 in their Olympic opener.