Team USA strong favorite against Spain in Olympic basketball semifinals

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A Spain-USA matchup is expected in Olympic men’s basketball after gold-medal games in 2008 and 2012, but this time it’s taking place in the semifinal in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.

After coming under fire for showing a lack of killer instinct in the group stage, Team USA and Kevin Durant kicked their game up a notch on Wednesday with an 105-78 quarter-final blowout against Argentina, although it took until the last minute to secure a cover.

Team USA is now at -1200 (wager $1200 to win $100) on the odds to win the gold medal in men’s basketball at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, with Spain listed at +1200. Fellow semifinalists Australia and Serbia respectively stack up at +1300 and +1800.

Team USA is favored by 15.5 points against Spain for Friday, and the total is set at 187.5 points. In those two Olympic finals, their winning margins were 11 and seven points.

The teams’ shooting percentages are near-identical, but the approaches differ. Team USA, which had Durant and Paul George take over the scoring against Argentina, counts on breaking teams down with their athleticism. Spain is more about execution in the half-court, and anyone from Pau Gasol to Rudy Fernandez to Nikola Mirotic can become the go-to scorer.

The game could likely boil down to who does the better job covering their defensive liabilities without overcompensating. Spain, with slow-footed Gasol at center, has suspect low-post defense that the USA guards can attack. The Americans’ defensive intensity has often been lacking, and good passing teams such as Spain tend to take advantage of that.

In those gold-medal games, both teams scored at least 100 points.

Meanwhile, Australia is a four-point favorite against Serbia, with a total of 164.5 points. Through a backcourt combo of Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova and a commitment to rugged defense, Australia has been the second-best team in Rio, and also won 95-80 when it played Serbia in the round-robin.

It is often tough to beat a good team twice in a row, but the Boomers are fully capable. Dellavedova and PG Damian Martin are defensive stoppers who can take a team out of rhythm, and Serbia will need to show a primary scoring option beyond Bogdan Bogdanovic.

The familiarity factor, and the high stakes, might keep the score down. Ultimately, Australia should be the fresher team, since Serbia’s Bogdanovic has carried his team’s offense and it’s fair to wonder how much energy they have left after a grueling quarter-final against central Europe arch rival Croatia.

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!