Bovada, formerly Bodog (love/hate you guys) is putting the USA-Tunisia line at 54 points. That means the USA Men’s basketball team can win by 53 points and if you took the points and Tunisia, you’d win. How did we get here?
First off, Tunisia is the only Men’s Basketball team that qualified for the 2012 London Olympics without an NBA player. That means a small cadre of non-NBA players from the smallest North African country composed of only 10,000,000 or so residents (just west of the island of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea) is taking on the NBA behemoth that is so star-packed, it’s (foolishly) stoked a debate comparing the team with the 1992 version that is the only rightful Dream Team.* So the question shouldn’t really be whether this line is too high, but rather is it high enough?
Bovada Sportsbook Manager, Kevin Bradley, told Royce Young at CBS Sports’ Eye on Basketball blog, that even with the 54 point spread, people are still wagering on the American squad.
"In my days in this business I cannot remember setting a spread so high for a basketball game with the USA 54 point favorites over Tunisia and this follows the USA women yesterday as 54 point favorites over Angola where they just missed covering by a bucket. Even with this over a half-century spread, 65 percent of the money is still coming in on the USA and the pace has been steadily increasing all morning.”
I guess Trey Parker and Matt Stone weren’t really being ironic. Lets hope Tunisia doesn’t allow the US team to cover this line because the ensuing lines will get even higher and pretty soon ‘Melo is blazing an L with some hooligan’s from the South End and Deron Williams is lavishing Kevin Love with Brooklyn merch in the hopes he’ll get to play with him in 2015.
*Kobe said what he said on purpose, but Kobe knows better than most contemporary players that this team would get destroyed by the 1992 Dream Team progenitors, and anyone that’s my age or above (born before 1984) and remembers watching those games, would agree. It’s the young bloggers/whippersnapers that furthered the whole, idiotic dialogue anyway about the hypothetical match-up. But this team is really good, possibly the best since the legends of ‘92 (although the 2008 redeem team and 1996 team could probably make a case, too)