USA (7-0) vs Lithuania (7-0) – WOW. Though I did say Lithuania was better than the 40/1 odds against them to start this tournament, I cannot say that I anticipated them doing this. They just clobbered Argentina, who was a favorite to win this tournament in the eyes of many, and Linas Kleiza is the sole reason why. He showed years ago in Denver that he has the ability to shoot lights out and sometimes take over games coming off the bench, but in this FIBA tournament he has shined as a starter. Through 7 games he is averaging 19 ppg and also leading the Lithuanians in rebounds, as well. It is always strange how seemingly average NBA players take over these tournaments, and Linas has just been one of many to do it.
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Here is a match up analysis and recap of the games for the top teams in the tournament. There have been some surprises so far, but overall the US team is still the odds on favorite at this point. For those of you who made dark horse bets on Brazil, Lithuania, and Serbia — Congrats. All three are looking like they have a legitimate shot at winning this thing. That said, let’s breakdown the matchups with some picks now that the tournament is rolling and pool play is through. All FIBA betting lines for this article were taken from Bookmaker and Bodog.
Here is a breakdown of the teams that have any chance at all of winning the 2010 FIBA World Championship. Rather than attempt to pick the actual team that will win this, I will highlight some of the best odds for placing what could be long shot bets, but could turn out to be the most profitable. Again, I am not suggesting the teams I pick to be good bets to be the best bet to actually win it, but rather the best payout with respect to the odds AND chance of winning.