If seven turns out to be an unlucky number for the basketball version of the USWNT in the Tokyo Olympics, it would be a massive upset. Regulated sportsbooks in the United States have USA women’s basketball odds up, and the stars and stripes are huge favorite to win another gold medal.
Based on the depth and talent on the roster, it’s easy to see why books have set their odds the way they did. Barring any untimely injuries, the team is also loaded with international experience.
Team USA Women’s Basketball Roster
The USWNT is stacked with nothing but WNBA legends and young stars. The US roster looks like this:
- Washington Wizards guard Ariel Atkins
- Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird
- Washington Wizards center Tina Charles
- Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier
- Phoenix Mercury forward Skylar Diggins-Smith
- Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles
- Las Vegas Aces guard Chelsea Gray
- Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner
- Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd
- Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart
- Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi
- Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson
If Team USA claims gold this year, it will make both Bird and Taurasi the first Olympic basketball players of any gender to win five gold medals in the sport.
Other players with Olympic experience include Fowles. Fowles has three golds under her belt already. Charles is on her third Olympic team and Griner has made the roster for the second time.
The team’s head coach, Dawn Staley, was a player when the US won gold in 1996, 2000, and 2004. Staley was also an assistant coach in 2016. On her staff are Dan Hughes and Cheryl Reeve, both of whom have won WNBA titles as head coaches.
USA Women’s basketball odds for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
The bevy of credentials makes the USWNT a gigantic favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook. Team USA has an implied probability of nearly 93% to win the gold medal.
Australia was the last team to win a FIBA World Cup other than the United States, claiming the cup in 2006. The Australians also took silver in that tournament in 2018. Here are the top-10 teams on the odds board.
Puerto Rico and Korea both have odds of at least +50000. Check out the complete odds at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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How to watch USA basketball
Team USA is in Group B with France, Japan, and Nigeria. Their schedule for group play, with tip-off slated for 2:40 p.m. each day, goes:
- July 27: USA v. Nigeria
- July 30: USA v. Japan
- Aug. 2: USA v. France
The top-two teams in the group standings advance to the knockout round. The quarterfinals make up the action on Aug. 4 and 5. Aug. 6 will see two semifinals games. The last two teams standing will then decide the gold on Aug. 8 after the bronze medal game on Aug 7.
Fans can find live coverage of the games on NBC and its streaming platform Peacock.
Full Tokyo Olympics Women’s Basketball Field
The road to a potential seventh consecutive gold in women’s basketball for Team USA starts on July 27. The 12-team field is set. The competing nations are:
- Puerto Rico
Several players that WNBA fans are familiar with will be among those teams. For example, Washington Mystics star forward Emma Meeseeman will represent her native Belgium, and Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage will take the court for Australia.