Daily Sports Betting Preview 01/05/2021 – St. Louis Blues, Karen Khachanov, CS:GO Odds

  • The St. Louis Blues are +120 betting underdogs to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • Karen Khachanov has -105 odds to beat Steve Johnson by more than 4.0 games.
  • Navi Junior has +115 odds to take Game 1 against Astralis Talent in the WePlay Academy Season 3 match.

ST. LOUIS – There are plenty of betting opportunities across the board on Wednesday with NHL, tennis and eSports odds available to take advantage of.

NHL Odds: St. Louis Blues Vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

One of the more intriguing games on the NHL slate is between the St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite St. Louis seemingly being the better team, online sportsbooks are favoring the Penguins by a slight margin.

Blues vs Penguins Moneyline Odds

  • St. Louis Blues +120
  • Pittsburgh Penguins -140

The Blues are among the best offensive teams in the league, ranking fifth in the NHL with their 3.45 goals per game while the Penguins rank 11th with 3.16 goals per game. However, the two practically swap with one another as Pittsburgh allows the fifth-fewest goals while St. Louis allows the 11th fewest.

They also have opposing strengths that could ultimately decide the game. The Blues have the league’s third-best power play, scoring on 29.5% of their chances.

However, Pittsburgh has the best penalty kill in the league, preventing a goal on 91.0% of their short-handed opportunities. Given the seemingly level playing field between the two, the Blues have more value given their plus-money odds.

Tennis Betting: Karen Khachanov Vs. Steve Johnson

Karen Khachanov is simply a much better tennis player than Steve Johnson as the ATP world rankings would suggest. The spread provided by tennis betting sites may be a little low considering the difference in talent between the two.

Khachanov vs Johnson Spread Odds

  • Steve Johnson +4.0 -125
  • Karen Khachanov -4.0 -105

Khachanov won 82% of his service games and 22% of his return games in 2021 while Johnson took home 81% of his service games and just 17% of his return games.

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Neither player is elite on return, but if Khachanov even gives a little bit of effort he should be able to find a break or two throughout the match that would allow him to at least push this number in the worst case scenario.

CS:GO Odds: Navi Junior Vs. Astralis Talent

While some may believe betting on the WePlay Academy League may be a shot in the dark, it’s actually just a low enough level of gameplay to find great value in the odds while still having something to base it off of. Those betting on eSports can find Navi Junior as the underdog despite possibly being better than Astralis Talent.

Navi vs Astralis Game 1 Moneyline Odds

  • Navi Junior +115
  • Astralis Talent -150

Navi Junior placed second in the WePlay League Season 2 tournament, meaning there’s no reason they can’t repeat their performance this time around in Season 3.

Astralis Talent have been playing better as of late, but their track record as a whole has a lot of poor finishing positions, especially when playing against better teams. Navi Junior is a proven team while the same can't be said against their opponent.

Given the plus-money odds attached to their name, Navi seems to be the bet to make.