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Stuart Dalgleish 16th Jul 2012 - 11:51

Uphill battle for GB in the basketball

It is the seemingly impossible mission to turn over a United States basketball team at the Olympic games and London 2012 will be no different.

Team GB have a hard task in the men's and women's tournaments as William Hill rate them as 250/1 shots for men's gold, 20/1 for any medal and 500/1 for women's gold, 100/1 for any medal.

The GB men's side beat Portugal twice over the weekend to give them a huge confidence boost before the tournament.

The squad includes NBA all star Luol Deng and former New Orleans player Pops Mensa-Bonsu.

The women have been up and down, beating France narrowly but also losing out to tournament second favourites Australia recently too.

The USA have the best players in the world in their ranks as they are all at the top of their game in the NBA.

Spain have Pau Gasol who is a top player and GB have Deng but one star performer seems to not be enough against a team of them.

The USA are 1/5 to gain gold for the men and 1/10 for the women.

"The other teams may feel that the USA are potentially burdened by gaining huge favouritism but they should still win both tournaments fairly convincingly. It will be a case of aiming for Silver and Bronze for a few countries with anything else becoming a bonus," said William Hill spokesman Mark Young.

Men's Olympic Basket Ball Gold Medal Winner (Podium Finish): 1/5 USA (1/100), 4/1 Spain (2/9), 22/1 France (9/4), 25/1 Argentina (3/1), 25/1 Lithuania (7/2), 33/1 Russia (7/2), 40/1 Brazil (4/1), 100/1 Australia (7/1), 250/1 Team GB (20/1), 300/1 Nigeria (100/1), 500/1 China (25/1), 2000/1 Tunisia (200/1)

Women's Olympic Basket Ball Gold Medal Winner (Podium Finish): 1/10 USA (1/200), 7/1 Australia (4/11), 9/1 Russia (2/5), 25/1 France (9/4), 50/1 Czech Republic (4/1), 66/1 Turkey (5/1), 200/1 Brazil (10/1), 200/1 China (25/1), 500/1 Team GB (100/1), 1000/1 Angola (500/1)

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