Daily Sports Betting Preview 08/04/2021 – Karate Kata, Nationals/Phillies, USA/Australia Basketball

  • Sandra Sanchez is the -225 betting favorite in the women’s karate kata event at the Olympics.
  • The Washington Nationals have -112 odds to beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Team USA are 12-point favorites over Australia in the semifinals.

TOKYO – Sandra Sanchez finds herself as the betting favorite in Karate Kata while the Washington Nationals are slightly favored over the Philadelphia Phillies. Lastly, the United States and Australia meet in the Olympic semifinals for basketball.

Women’s Karate Kata

Sandra Sanchez is listed as the betting favorite on online sportsbooks in karate kata. It’s tough to argue against her as she’s been dominant in almost every event she’s taken part in. Sanchez has won the European Championship six times, is the reigning World Championships gold medalist and hasn’t seen anything less than gold in any tournament since 2017.

Tokyo 2021 - Women's Karate Kata

  • Sandra Sanchez (ESP) -225
  • Kiyou Shimizu (JPN) +175

However, that silver medal in 2017 happened because Kiyou Shimizu, the biggest threat in the competition, won the gold. While Sanchez has dominated Europe, Shimizu has controlled Asia. She has three Asian Championships, two Asian Games and two World Championships to her name.

The athletes may be closer together than the Olympic odds suggest. They’ve traded gold medals over the last two World Championships and Shimizu has the edge in the World Games department. If anyone other than one of these two were to win it would be a major upset, but based on value alone, Shimizu may be the best bet.

MLB Betting: Washington Nationals vs Philadelphia Phillies

Over the past 30 days, there isn’t a better team at the plate than the Washington Nationals. They have the top spot in the league in BA (.281), OBP (.355), wOBA (.352), wRC+ (117) and are second in SLG (.467). Any time that a team this hot is listed close to EVEN, betting on the MLB seems to get a lot easier.

Nationals vs Phillies Moneyline Odds

  • Washington Nationals -112
  • Philadelphia Phillies -108

The Philadelphia Phillies have been respectable at the plate, but they cannot match the output that Washington has had. Plus, the pitching advantage seems to side with the Nats as well.

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Paolo Espino (3-2, 3.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP) hasn’t gone more than five innings in a game this year, but has been strong in his starts nonetheless. Chase Anderson (2-4, 6.75 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) has struggled this season for Philly and has thrown just six innings after missing nearly two months of play.

Olympic Basketball: Team USA vs Australia

Team USA will look to avenge their loss to Australia in the exhibitions when they meet in the semifinals. The United States has covered every spread in their last three games and the listed differential in this game seems manageable as well.

USA vs Australia Spread Odds

  • USA -12 -110
  • Australia +10 -110

Australia has looked pretty good thus far and are coming off of a 38-point win over Argentina. The team is stacked with NBA players such as Matthew Dellavedova, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles, Josh Green, Patty Mills, Matisse Thybulle and Dante Exum so it’s no surprise the team has seen success in this tournament.

However, the United States has seemingly hit their form and will have the extra motivation from the prior loss to this team. Team USA is scary enough as it is, but a motivated Team USA might be a different beast altogether.