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Rio Olympics: American Basketball Men Primed to Dispatch Venezuela

As the men’s basketball portion of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro marches on, the Americans are once again proving to be head and shoulders above the rest of the world. Next up on the docket is a contest with Venezuela, one of three games on tap Monday.

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  • The exhibition match between these teams marked the only time the Americans failed to eclipse the 100-point mark in the preseason.
  • Despite having an impressive qualifying tournament last year, the Venezuelans do not have top NBA players like Greivis Vasquez in Rio.
  • The Americans went 10-for-27 from downtown against China.

The men’s side hammered the Venezuelans in exhibition play on July 29, winning by 35 points despite suffering from an inconsistent performance on the offensive end. Considering the abundance of smothering athleticism and length on defense this team possesses, the shooting doesn’t need to be operating at 100 percent in order for them to win.

The U.S.A. are 1-0 in round robin play in light of a huge 119-62 triumph over China, covering the huge spread in the process. Venezuela struggled in its opening matchup, falling to the Serbians by a score of 86-62. The Americans are massive 51-point favorites in Monday's game, and the OVER/UNDER was sitting at 168.5 at the time of writing.

Elsewhere on the hardwood, Serbia takes on Australia in a matinee tilt and France tangles with China in the evening matchup.

For a full list of Olympic-related odds, visit our Rio betting page here.

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