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Women's basketball takes center stage on Monday morning at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The United States takes on France in a group stage matchup of great intrigue. Team USA is unbeaten for nearly two decades of Olympic play and is 2-0 in Tokyo. France is 1-1 to this point, but the French feature a talented squad. 

Tip-off is set for 12:40 a.m. ET. Team USA is a 13.5-point favorite in the latest USA vs. France odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 155.5. Before making any France vs. USA women's basketball picks or predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's Olympics expert, Mike Tierney, has to say.

A national sportswriter whose work appears in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Tierney has covered nine Olympic Games in person. At Rio in 2016, Tierney profited big-time. He told readers to bet over on Team USA's gold medal count (41.5) and over on Team USA's overall medal count (102.5). The result? 46 golds, 121 medals and two easy cashes.

And for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Tierney hit two of his three predictions: Germany (+200) to win the most gold medals and the United States winning under 10.5 gold medals (+110).

Now, with the Tokyo Summer Olympics rolling on, Tierney has analyzed every angle of this Team USA vs. France matchup and revealed his top Olympic women's basketball picks and predictions. He's only sharing those picks at SportsLine. Now, here are the Olympics 2020 odds and betting trends for France vs. USA:

  • USA vs. France spread: USA -13.5
  • USA vs. France over-under: 155.5 points
  • USA vs. France money line: USA -1000, France +650
  • USA: Team USA is aiming for their 52nd consecutive Olympic win
  • France: France finished second in Eurobasket this summer

Why you should back Team USA

Team USA is absolutely loaded with talent and WNBA stars at every position. A'Ja Wilson has led the way to this point, even as one of the youngest members of the squad. She is averaging 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game through two contests, and her physicality and skill is evident. Brittney Griner is a dominant force on the interior, averaging 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds with overwhelming length. Breanna Stewart is a do-it-all forward, averaging 12.0 points and 12.0 rebounds per game with the ability to play inside and outside. 

Finally, Team USA has incredible experience, with Sue Bird as one of the best passers in the world, averaging 9.5 assists per game. Diana Taurasi also provides a steady hand and, even if Team USA encounters foul trouble or has a player or two struggle, they have the depth that no other side can match in this tournament.

Why you should back France

As is the case against any opponent in the field, Team USA has a significant edge in talent. However, the Americans have appeared more vulnerable in the early stages of the tournament than many projected. The United States did win by 17 points in its last game against Japan, but that wasn't a thoroughly dominant effort, and the Americans won by only nine points in the opener against Nigeria. The Nigeria game represented the first single-digit win for Team USA in the Olympics since 2004 in Athens. 

When combining the margin of victory, the Americans are not playing at a level that laps the field as they have in the past. Beyond that, France is considered the biggest threat to the United States in this particular group, and it has a cohesive roster with experience playing together on the highest levels. Given the lack of urgency for the United States from a qualifying perspective, this could be a good spot for France. 

How to make Team USA vs. France picks in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics 

Tierney has taken a close look at the USA vs. France Olympic basketball matchup from all angles and is leaning over on the point total. He's also found a critical x-factor that has him jumping on one side of the Team USA vs. France spread. He's only sharing his top picks and Olympics 2020 basketball predictions at SportsLine

So which side of the Team USA vs. France spread is a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to get Mike Tierney's predictions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, all from the renowned sportswriter who's covered nine Olympics in person and cashed big in both 2016 and '18, and find out.