Now you're in my territory $$$
Any team that makes the final 8 will play the same amount of games (even if you lose a quarter you will play classification games)- so these should be the teams you look at for most points. Other teams will play 1 or 2 games less depending on where they get knocked out.
Whilst Giannis is the favourite and should be, he hasn't been putting up mammoth numbers in warm up games. Teams can pack the paint, and whilst he will obviously be top 5, he may not dominate scoring wise. Same with Kemba. USA have such an even spread, and players can often come in and drop 20 out of no where so it reduces their spread. I kind've feel the same way with Serbia and maybe Spain.
I've avoided him on gone a few others for some small bets, hoping the stars (above) don't have as huge an output as expected. My small bets and the price I got.
Rubio ($29)- been killing it in warm up games (numerous 20+ games), and Spain don't have that many scorers. They are however very deep and spread.
Willy Hernagomez- ($70) real smokey- had a few near 30 point out puts in warmups. Will play pretty heavy minutes and get his chances
Cedi Osman- ($67) I think Turkey will get likely get eliminated pre-quarters, but if they sneak through he'll be the one carrying the scoring load.
Luis Scola- ($71)the most consistent scorer in the world. Been putting up around 20ppg in warm ups and obviously in previous tourney's he's been up there. Depending on ARG success, he could factor in.
Mills- ($14) no description needed. He'll be top 3.
I think all those players (except Hernagomez likely) will average around 20ppg, and then it becomes a bit of a toss up.
A few other bets I put on (and you'll see I like a long odds bet):
Venezuela to win group A ($8.50). Weak group, admittedly haven't seen much of China and you never know, but Venezuela are a small undersized team of hustlers and shooters that could jump a team like China or Poland, and get the points differential up if it's a three way 2-1 tie.
Russia to be eliminated in quarters ($5). Group B is Russia/ Argentina/ Nigeria, and whoever of those 2 gets through will then play group A (above), who you'd think they will smash. A weakish team like Russia (or Nigeria) could slip into the quarters, where I don't feel like they can beat anyone else (Serbia or Spain). Russia also came into some good play later in the warm ups.
Jokic MVP ($7.50)- I feel like if Serbia win the tournament, Jokic will be MVP. He does everything on the court, so even if other players shine on the scoreboard, I'd back him on MVP. I favour Serbia to win the tourney, so this was my value bet for that.
And Boomers to win. Obviously