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How to watch Olympics women’s basketball Tuesday, July 27

Australia, Belgium, China and Puerto Rico keep the hoops action going.

Australia Opals v United States
Ezi Magbegor of the Australia Opals looks to pass against the United States during an exhibition game at Michelob ULTRA Arena ahead of the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 16, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Australia defeated the United States 70-67.
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The 2021 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is set to begin on Friday with the opening ceremonies. But the Olympic basketball competition for the women will not begin until Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.

Australia is the headliner for Tuesday’s games, which begins at 4:20 am ET. The Opals will not have WNBA All-Star center Liz Cambage, who withdrew last week due to mental health reasons. The Australian women’s team will open up group play against Belgium. The Opals have -220 odds to win Group C and second-best odds to win a medal at +220, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

Women’s basketball Olympics Tuesday, July 27

Australia vs. Belgium

Time: 4:20 a.m. ET
TV channel: TBD
Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
Spread: -7.5
Over/under: 146
Moneyline odds: Belgium +290, Australia -380

Even though the Opals do not have Cambage with them in Tokyo, they are still a formidable opponent to challenge the US for a gold medal. Australia enters the Olympics with their first test on Tuesday morning against Belgium. Australia defeated Team USA 70-67 last Friday in an exhibition game in Las Vegas. Ezi Magbegor led the Opals with 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Rebecca Allen added 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Magbegor, Allen, along with Leilani Mitchel will be looked upon to carry the offensive load for Australia.

Puerto Rico vs. China

Time: 8:00 a.m. ET
TV channel: TBD
Live stream: NBCOlympics.com
Spread: -17
Over/under: 139
Moneyline odds: China -1750, Puerto Rico +950

China has the third-best odds to win Group C (+500) and will begin group play on Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET against Puerto Rico. China last won a medal in 1992, where they captured the silver. The Chinese women’s team will look towards 21-year-old guard Yuan Li and 21-year-old center Xu Han. Han shined for China in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, averaging 13.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. There are not many teams in the summer games, who will not be able to match up with the 6-foot-9 center.