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Basketball at Brazil 2016 – Preview

Brazil 2016 is right around the corner and we are in for a treat with over a month of non-stop sporting events and top athletes coming our way! One of the most entertaining sports is definitely basketball due to how fast paced it is and the excitement and anticipation in waiting for a free throw, not forgetting to appreciate how much skill it takes to control a ball the way they do in basketball. At Unibet we will be offering a number of different odds on basketball, so whether you are planning on betting on the preliminary’s or just the finals we have got you covered.

Basketball groups at Brazil 2016

There will be 12 countries split into two groups ‘A & B’ participating in the Men’s Basketball events.

Group A

Group B

Australia

Argentina

China

Brazil

France

Croatia

Serbia

Lithuania

USA

Nigeria

Venezuela

Spain

For the first ten days of basketball we will be met with preliminary games which will commence on the 6th August and the starting game will be Australia Vs. France which we are currently offering odds on. Over the course of the ten days we will be seeing three different preliminary matches per day until the Quarterfinals start on the 17th August, followed by the Medal semi-finals on the 19th August, Bronze medal game on the 21st and lastly the gold medal game will take place later that day. So as you can see us basketball fans are in for a treat and you can bet on basketball with Unibet.

Basketball players to watch out for during Brazil 2016

Kevin Durant, USA

No doubt it’s going to be exciting to watch Kevin Durant hit those 3 pointers during the tournament. Kevin has recently been acquired by the Golden State Warriors so we’ll get a sneak preview of what the 2016–17 Warriors look like as KD lines up alongside Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Durant helped lead Oklahoma City to the 2012 NBA Finals, losing to the Miami Heat in five games. He played nine seasons for the Thunder organization before leaving to join the Warriors. If you are betting on basketball during the summer games we are offering competitive odds and live betting throughout the event.

Carmelo Anthony, USA

Much has been made about his NBA teams’ struggles, but at the international level, Anthony has been a consistently lethal presence for more than a decade. He’s still a perfect floor-spacing forward and now adds U.S. leadership to his accomplishments. Plus, with a win in Rio, Melo becomes the first men’s player ever to win gold at the games three times. Since entering the NBA, Anthony has been named an All-Star nine times and an All-NBA Team member six times. While playing for Denver, he led the Nuggets to the playoffs every year from 2004 to 2010, winning two division titles in that span. In 2009, Anthony led the Nuggets to their first Conference Finals appearance since 1985. In 2011, he was traded from Denver to the New York Knicks just days prior to the NBA trade deadline. On January 24, 2014, against the Charlotte Bobcats, Anthony set the Madison Square Garden and Knicks' single-game scoring record with a career-high 62 points.

Pau Gasol Sáez, Spain

One of the most successful international players ever suits up for what is likely his last go with Spain, who have won two straight silvers and return a talented, cohesive group. They’re still very much a threat, and will lean on Gasol’s interior wizardry to make a run at the medal rounds. Once again, they’ll go as far as he can take them.

Gasol is very athletic and quick for a 7-footer, allowing him to play both the power forward and center positions. He is a refined scorer in the post and midrange; his overall game is near-ambidextrous and makes it difficult for opposing teams to defend. Gasol uses a variety of midrange jumpers, hook shots, up-and-under moves, and shot fakes to score very efficiently. In addition, his foot speed relative to his size allows him to run the fast break and finish effectively. He is also a skilled passer for a big man, earning 3.3 assists per game over his career. Defensively, he is an above-average shot blocker with a career average of 1.6 blocks per game. Former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant said of Gasol, "You'd be hard-pressed to find a big with his skill set in the history of the game." With stats like that Spain could be in for a fighting chance during the games this year, if you fancy it we are offering odds on Spain Vs. Croatia.

Rudy Gobert, France

From an intrigue standpoint, the enormous Utah Jazz, center, player may be the most important player in Rio. France made a run in qualifiers without him, and since there’s no restricted area in international play, the 7' 1" Gobert can park himself around the rim for pretty much the entire tournament. If he keeps out of foul trouble, his defensive impact creates a window for France to make a run. Gobert won the bronze medal at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and the silver medal at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. In the 2012 edition, Gobert was named to the All-Tournament team alongside countryman, Léo Westermann.

Gobert was called by Coach Vincent Collet to help the French national team prepare for the tournament in 2012. He played two friendly games, scoring 8 points. He was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, where he averaged 4.1 points per game.

Dario Saric and Mario Hezonja, Croatia

Dario Saric, a 76ers draftee, has been a curiosity for NBA fans and a key player for his country at a young age. The latter, an immensely talented gunner, is due for more playing time with the Magic next year. They’re part of an extremely talented generation of young Croatian players who should properly arrive over the next several years.

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