Iran vs. USA – Olympic Basketball, July 28, 2021

| July 27, 2021 7:53 am PDT

After the turmoil in game #1, Gregg Popovich and his men are gifted a cupcake in game #2. No disrespect to the Iranians, but there is no version of the Americans falling to 0-2 in group play. The question is, what’s the best way to approach betting on Iran vs. USA basketball?

The matchup is so lopsided that none of the bookies are even offering a price on the money line. With that being said, there are a bevy of game props on the board to go along with attacking the spread and/or total.

Let’s take a look.

Iran vs. USA Odds 

Iran (+41.5)-105
USA (-41.5)-115
Iran to winN/A
USA to winN/A
Over 165.5-110
Under 165.5-110

When I spotted this 41.5-point spread at XBet, I’m nearly certain it was the largest margin I had ever seen in a professional basketball game. That lasted all of about 15 seconds.

After surfing these Olympic basketball odds across a bunch of sites, I noticed that BetUS had ballooned this number to 42.5. The total had soared to 166; it’s already at 166.5 at the aforementioned XBet.

Those interested in firing on quarters, halves, or team totals, be sure to shop your lines. Staying active at all of the best Olympic betting apps ensures you’ll capture the best number on the market.

Why Iran Can Cover the Spread

There’s no sense in teasing you about the potential of the underdogs winning this game. Rather, let’s focus on the prospect of backing Iran and the points.

After trailing by 21 against Czech Republic entering the fourth quarter, Iran rallied fast and furious. They outscored Czechia by 15 (32-17) in the final 10 minutes; Behnam Yakhchalidehkordi drilled seven treys on his way to tallying a game-high 23 points.

Iran easily covered the 18-point spread. In doing so, they demonstrated that they’re not here to wave the white flag when the going gets tough.

Keep in mind, Iran shot 50% from the floor in the first game and the Americans lack intensity on defense. Not to mention, Coach Pop has displayed an inability to adjust.

Why USA Can Cover the Spread

Kevin Durant spends hours scrolling through what random Joe Schmoes have to say about his game. You can bet your bottom dollar that he’s read every last word about what NBA players and analysts have spewed out about his performance against France.

Look for KD to take his frustration out on Wednesday against what’ll be a severely undermanned squad.

To further clarify how disproportionate this battle on the hardwood will be, refer to the Olympic basketball odds at any of the top sites. Check out these Olympic basketball power rankings. This is David vs. Goliath without any exaggeration.

As rich as the United States roster is with bonafide talent, there’s no iteration of the Americans taking their foot off the gas pedal. Especially after most of them laid an egg their last time out. 

Iran vs. USA Betting Pick

It’s hard to trust the product that Gregg Popovich has been rolling out in Tokyo. It’s even harder to have faith in Iran playing above expectations for the second game in a row. That’s OK, we can lock in an Iran vs. USA betting pick that doesn’t relate to which team covers.

Back the over.

Iran shot the ball poorly from outside (6/19) and only made 58.8% of their free throws (against Czech Republic). They turned it over 21 times and yet they still managed to score 78 points. Scoring 65 or more against a team that has no pride in playing defense isn’t a lot to ask.

The Americans will be busy running up and down the floor jacking up a bunch of threes – USA should have no problem eclipsing triple digits.

  • Over 165.5
Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

As a former Division I collegiate golfer, Michael Wynn loves writing about golf. He's also an expert in most of America's most popular sports, writing extensively for on football, basketball, and baseball.

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