Team USA’s Odds Change After Bradley Beal Ruled Out For Olympics Due To COVID
Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards.
Bradley Beal has been ruled out of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Thursday after entering coronavirus protocols the day prior.
Jerami Grant, another Team USA player, has also been placed under the same protocols “out of an abundance of caution.”
Futures odds on the U.S. men’s national basketball team to defend their gold medal have been removed from BetMGM and PointsBet. The line remains at -550 at DraftKings. Meanwhile, at FanDuel, the line has moved to -370.
Beal will likely be replaced on the 12-man roster by a member of the “Select Team” who has played substantial minutes in warmup games. One of those players could be either San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland or the Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey.
The play status of Team USA’s Bradley Beal is in question after he was placed under health and safety protocols, The Athletic reported Wednesday.
It is unclear how long Beal will be out of commission, but ESPN reported that there is a possibility he could miss the Tokyo Olympics.
Team USA has not confirmed that Beal is the one undergoing health and safety protocols.
It was not immediately clear if Beal tested positive for the coronavirus or if this is the result of contact tracing protocols.
The odds for Friday’s exhibition against Australia have changed substantially as a result of the news. At FanDuel, the U.S. are now just 12-point favorites after opening as 16.5-point favorites.
At DraftKings, the odds for Team USA’s first Olympic group stage game against France have moved from -15.5 to -15.
Futures odds have not changed at any of the major sportsbooks, but expect them to if Beal is officially ruled out of any game.
Without Beal, much of the scoring onus will fall on Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard, with Jayson Tatum taking the bulk when the backups are in.
Team USA will be able to replace Beal on the 12-man roster if he is ruled ineligible. Three players from the “Select Team” have played substantial minutes in warmup games: the San Antonio Spurs’ Keldon Johnson, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Darius Garland and the Detroit Pistons’ Saddiq Bey.
Beal finished second behind Stephen Curry as the NBA’s leading scorer in the 2020-21 regular season. He finished the year averaging 31.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists while averaging 34.9% from three per game.