Daily Sports Betting Preview 12/28/2020: Lakers Vs. Blazers, Everton Vs. Manchester City, PDC World Championship

  • The LA Lakers are favored by 3.5 points over the Portland Trail Blazers.
  • Manchester City has -200 odds to defeat Everton on the three way moneyline.
  • There are three solid matchups in the PDC World Championship today.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to this Monday edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview!

Today’s Preview starts off with a look at the NBA matchup between the LA Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers. Then, in the Premier League, Everton faces off against Manchester City as both teams look to make up ground on Liverpool.

Finally, the PDC World Championship brings several games to the table today for darts betting enthusiasts.

There’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

NBA Betting

The first few days of the 2020-2021 NBA season have been frenzied and hectic, with most teams putting in up and down performances.

The LA Lakers are early title favorites after winning it all last year, and their 2-1 record so far belies the fact that their odds are genuinely quite short at the moment. The Lakers are +250 to win the NBA Championship only three games into the season!

The next closest competitor, the Brooklyn Nets, sits at +525.

The Portland Trail Blazers had a lot of hype going into the season, with Charles Barkley betting $100,000 that the Blazers make the NBA Finals.

That’s a longshot bet - the Blazers are currently +1800 to win the Western Conference and make the NBA finals.

These two teams are both regarded highly, and are set to face off on Monday night at 10:00 p.m. EST.

LA Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers

  • LA Lakers -3.5 (-120)
  • Portland Trail Blazers +3.5(EVEN)

The matchup looks closer on paper than many might imagine, and this is due to the potential absence of LeBron James from the floor for the Lakers.

James, still likely the best player in the league, tweaked his ankle and then reaggravated it against the Minnesota Timberwolves. In other words, NBA bettors should keep an eye on the injury reports before the game, as well as any information available about James’ condition.

He’s the most important player on the team, and if he’s unavailable - or only available on limited minutes - that’s important information to know.

Premier League Betting

Everton and Manchester City both celebrated when league leading Liverpool was forced to a draw by West Brom on Sunday.

Everton can draw level with the league leaders with a win today, while City would vault themselves into second place. Everton, on 29 points, currently occupies that spot, with City sitting in sixth place with 26 points.

Both of these teams are still in the thick of the title hunt, and this game could be a pivotal one in their respective campaigns.

Everton vs. Manchester City

  • Everton +650
  • Manchester City -200
  • Draw +400

One may ask, if both of these teams are in the title hunt, why the odds on the matchup are still so lopsided.

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The answer to that question is that Manchester City is, at this point, one of the reigning powers of the Premier League. They’re consistently in title contention, they spend an extremely large amount of money to get there, and they’ve won the league multiple times in the past decade.

Everton, on the other hand, are traditionally a mid table team, although they’ve had good seasons before. This one seems a bit different, however, as they’re genuinely in second place right now.

One thing to note - the gap between second place Everton and ninth place Southampton is only four points.

The no draw line makes the perceived gap in talent and class between the two teams even clearer.

Everton vs. Manchester City

  • Everton +450
  • Manchester City -800

First things first: that is a tough vig on the no draw moneyline for this matchup. Everton bettors get a payout at +450, while City backers have to pay in almost double at -800.

The matchup itself comes down to whether or not one has faith in Everton’s results this season compared to their traditional standing in the league. Everton has been electric this season, but historically, City has their number. The last five matchups between these two teams have resulted in City victories.

So, what’ll it be? History or current standings?

Soccer bettors will find out at 3:00 p.m. EST on Monday.

PDC World Championship Betting

The PDC World Championship brings three matches to the table for darts bettors on this fine Monday - at least, of the matches that air at reasonable times for US bettors.

First, Gary Anderson takes on Mensur Suljovic at 1:15 p.m. EST.

Gary Anderson vs. Mensur Suljovic

  • Gary Anderson -165
  • Mensur Suljovic +125

Anderson is a mild favorite at online sportsbooks with -165 odds, while Suljovic is a solid underdog (+125).

Then, Gerwyn Price takes on Brendan Dolan at 2:15 p.m. EST.

Gerwyn Price vs. Brendan Dolan

  • Gerwyn Price -650
  • Brendan Dolan +400

The famous Price is a big time favorite in this matchup, with -650 odds to win it, while Dolan sits as today’s biggest underdog at +400.

Finally, Glen Durrant faces off against Daniel Baggish at 3:15 p.m. EST.

Glen Durrant vs. Daniel Baggish

  • Glen Durrant -260
  • Daniel Baggish +205

Durrant is a -260 favorite, putting him in between Anderson and Price in terms of how favored he is. Each of these matchups presents a solid betting opportunity for those who wish to take a shot on darts betting.

Happy Betting!