Team USA Remains the Favorite for 2024 Paris Olympics Gold, Despite FIBA Setback

Despite FIBA World Cup disappointment, Team USA leads Olympic odds

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Austin Reaves and his fellow Team USA athletes faced a challenging journey in this summer’s FIBA World Cup. However, despite their lack of medals in the competition, bettors are not shying away from placing their bets on the next iteration of the team at the 2024 Paris Olympics. According to BetUS, Team USA remains the odds-on favorite (-250) to clinch the gold at next year’s Paris Games, defying their previous FIBA World Cup performance.

When examining the odds, it becomes evident that Serbia (+400) and Canada (+500) are the closest contenders. Surprisingly, the team that triumphed in this year’s FIBA World Cup, led by Dennis Schröder of Team Germany, holds only the fifth-best odds.

While Team USA boasted, on paper, the most talented and well-rounded roster in the FIBA tournament, history has shown us that experienced programs with familiar faces can sometimes outshine raw talent in international competitions. Despite this, signs indicate that Team USA is gearing up for a highly skilled lineup next season, a significant contrast from their performance during the World Cup, which many American NBA All-Stars considered a lower priority.

Rumors are circulating that Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James is contemplating a return to international competition to aid Team USA in their quest for gold once more. Furthermore, he has reportedly enlisted the help of teammate Anthony Davis and Golden State Warriors’ point guard Stephen Curry to achieve this goal. The addition of these star players could prove pivotal in Team USA’s pursuit of Olympic glory.

The star power doesn’t stop there, as Boston Celtics’ All-Star Jayson Tatum, Phoenix Suns’ All-Star Devin Booker, and Curry’s teammates from the Golden State Warriors, Draymond Green and Chris Paul, have all shown interest in joining the Olympic campaign.

The stage is set for Team USA to make a triumphant comeback in the 2024 Paris Olympics, with odds in their favor despite their recent setback in the FIBA World Cup. The addition of top-tier NBA talents and seasoned veterans may just be the formula needed to secure gold on the international stage once again.

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