USA men’s basketball looking vulnerable, still quarterfinal favorite vs. Argentina

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So much for being the only Olympic men’s basketball superpower – Team USA has been less than the sum of their parts after winning their last two games in Rio de Janeiro by only three points apiece.

Team USA’s margin of victory thus is 23.4 points, well below the respective 38.2 and 32.2 of their 2012 and 2008 counterparts. However, with the quarterfinals set for Wednesday at Carioca Arena, the Americans remain the -2000 favorite to win the gold medal at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The gold medal futures board includes Spain at +1400, Australia at +2000, Serbia at +2200 and Lithuania at +2500.

The Americans are 23-point favorites for their quarterfinal against Argentina, and the total is 190.5. A team with Kevin Durant, Paul George and Draymond Green should win, but a cover might be daunting for a team that has yet to establish continuity. Argentina, bolstered by crafty NBA veterans such as Carlos Delfino, Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni and Luis Scola, has potential to stick around for three or more quarters.

Back-to-back silver medalist Spain is a 5.5-point favorite against France in the matchup that will decide who faces the U.S.-Argentina winner in the semifinals. The total is 154.5 points.

With Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, Spain excels at getting and making open looks on offense. They are suspect defensively, and France with San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker – whose minutes have been rationed in the tournament – is capable of dictating the pace. With Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw, France can also play physically.

On the other half of the bracket, Serbia is a 5.5-point favorite against arch rival Croatia, with a total of 157 points. The x-factor might well be Denver Nuggets F Nikola Jokic, who went off for 25 points when Serbia gave Team USA a scare last round. In a matchup of developing bigs, Jokic is just more polished than Croatia’s Dario Saric, who is joining the Philadelphia 76ers after the Olympics.

Patty Mills-fueled Australia is a 3.5-point favorite against Lithuania. The total is 158. Australia has overachieved so far in Rio, whereas Lithuania has underachieved. Mills and Matthew Dellavedova supply the 1-2 punch at point guard that is a necessity in international hoops. Dellavedova will probably be trusted to try and slow up Lithuania PG Mantas Kalnietis.

Each men’s semifinal is on Friday. Team USA has won five of six gold medals since 1992.

2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing: TV schedule, how to watch online, event times, dates and more

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Freestyle Skiing at the 2022 Winter Olympics takes place from Sunday, February 6, through Friday, February 18 in Beijing, China. See below for the full 2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing schedule as well as additional information on how to watch and stream every moment of the Beijing Winter Games live on NBC and Peacock. Sign up for Peacock here and watch every event at the 2022 Winter Olympics live!

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The Freestyle Skiing competition takes place at Genting Snow Park located just under 100 miles northwest of Beijing in the Zhangjiakou zone and at the Big Air Shougang in the Beijing Zone. The Big Air Shougang is the world’s first-ever permanent venue for big air and will serve as the home for future sports competitions, athlete training purposes, and cultural and civic events after the Beijing Winter Games.

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2022 Winter Olympics Freestyle Skiing TV Schedule:

If you’ve missed any of the action you can find access to all of the Freestyle Skiing replays here!

How to watch Freeski Halfpipe & Ski Cross, Moguls, Big Air, Aerials & Slopestyle at the 2022 Winter Olympics

Event Date/Time How to watch
Women’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/7/2022 9:00 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Big Air Final 2/8/2022 10:00 p.m. EST  NBC Olympics and Peacock
Mixed Team Aerials 2/10/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/12/2022 9:00 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Aerials Qualifying 2/13/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/13/2022 8:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Qualifying 2/13/2022 11:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Aerials Finals 2/14/2022 6:00 a.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Freeski Slopestyle Final 2/14/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Aerials Qualifying 2/15/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Aerials Finals 2/16/2022 6:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 9:90 p.m. EST NBC Olympics and Peacock
Women’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/16/2022 10:30 p.m EST NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Qualifying 2/16/2022 11:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Women’s Ski Cross Finals 2/17/2022 1:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Women’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/17/2022 8:30 p.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Ski Cross Qualifying 2/17/2022 10:45 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com
Men’s Ski Cross Finals 2/18/2022 1:00 a.m. EST NBCOlympics.com and Peacock
Men’s Freeski Halfpipe Final 2/18/2022 8:30 p.m. EST USA Network and NBCOlympics.com

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How to stream the 2022 Winter Olympics on Peacock:

Peacock will be the streaming home of the Beijing Winter Games offering live stream coverage of every single event–that’s over 2,800 hours of Olympic action. In addition, to live stream coverage of every event, viewers will also be able to enjoy the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more. Click here to sign up.

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How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC:

For the second consecutive Winter Games and third overall, NBC will broadcast its primetime Olympic show live across all time zones.

What time does primetime coverage begin each night on NBC?

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 pm ET
  • Sunday: 7:00 pm ET

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Be sure to follow OlympicTalk and NBC Olympics for the latest news and updates about the Beijing Winter Games!

How to watch, stream the 2022 Winter Olympics live on NBC and Peacock

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The 2022 Winter Olympics officially began with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, February 4, and run through Sunday, February 20 in Beijing, China. Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch the 2022 Winter Olympics live!

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Nearly 3,000 athletes from roughly 95 countries are expected to compete in the 2022 Games which will feature a total of 109 medal events across 15 sports. The following seven new Olympic events have been added to the program: Women’s Monobob, Men’s and Women’s Big Air (Freestyle Skiing), Mixed Team Snowboard Cross, Mixed Team Aerials, Mixed Team Short Track Relay, and Mixed Team Ski Jumping.

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NBCUniversal will present a Winter Olympics record of over 2,800 hours of coverage, see below for additional information on how to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC and Peacock. If you’ve missed any of the action, we’ve got you covered with the best moments from the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on NBC:

For the second consecutive Winter Games and third overall, NBC will broadcast its primetime Olympic show live across all time zones.

What time does primetime coverage begin each night on NBC?

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 pm ET
  • Sunday: 7:00 pm ET

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How to watch the 2022 Winter Olympics on Peacock:

Peacock will offer live stream coverage of every event of the Beijing Winter Games (sign up here). Viewers will also be able to enjoy the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, NBC’s nightly primetime show, full replays of all competition available immediately upon conclusion, exclusive daily studio programming, medal ceremonies, extensive highlight clips, and more.

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What extra Olympic content can I watch on Peacock?

Starting on February 5, Peacock will feature four exclusive shows that will provide highlights, interviews, and expert analysis exclusively through the Olympic Spotlight Channel:

The Olympics Show (8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. ET)  is a live studio show that will highlight the biggest, must-see moments, feature athlete interviews, and preview upcoming events.

Olympic Ice (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. ET) will be essential viewing for figure skating fans, featuring in-depth analysis of one of the Winter Games’ most popular events, including competition highlights, interviews with Team USA athletes, practice reports, and scoring breakdowns

Winter Gold (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET) will provide a comprehensive look at the most compelling performances of the day so that fans never miss a minute of action.

Top Highlights 8:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m. ET) will give fans even more memorable moments and highlights throughout the day.

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What about the Super Bowl?

Super Bowl LVI will take place on Sunday, February 13 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles. The 2022 Winter Olympics will both precede and follow NBC Sports’ coverage on NBC and Peacock. Programming from Beijing will begin at 8:00 a.m. ET and continue until Super Bowl pre-game coverage begins at 12:00 p.m. ET. Following post-game coverage, the Winter Olympics resume, including live figure skating and bobsled among other sports.

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Be sure to follow OlympicTalk and NBC Olympics for the latest news and updates about the Beijing Winter Games!