Daily Sports Betting Preview 12/28/2021 – USA Hockey, Notre Dame, Dota 2

  • The United States and Switzerland World Junior Ice Hockey Championship game has a total of 7.0 with -115 odds in favor of the UNDER.
  • The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are 4.0-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
  • Team Aster is a -240 betting favorite over Team SMG in the Dota 2 Huya Winter Invitational.

LAS VEGAS - There is a lot to look at on Tuesday’s betting slate, including some areas that many have overlooked.

World Junior Ice Hockey Odds: USA Vs. Switzerland

The United States and Switzerland will meet one another to finish the second day of group play in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. The USA are heavy favorites with a -2500 moneyline, but the best bet provided by online sportsbooks may be on the total.

USA vs Switzerland Total Odds

  • OVER 7.0 -105
  • UNDER 7.0 -115

A total of 7.0 goals is high for a hockey game, but not necessarily by the standards of this tournament, Canada’s game later in the day has a total of 10.0. Regardless, it may still be too high for this game specifically. Neither of these team’s first games reached seven goals as the United States totaled five goals and Switzerland totaled six. Only three of the eight games this tournament has seen more than seven goals, showing it’s just unlikely to reach this point.

College Basketball Odds: Notre Dame Vs. Pittsburgh

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are taking on the Pittsburgh Panthers on Tuesday night as both teams look for their first conference win of the season. College basketball betting sites give the Fighting Irish a small advantage, but it’s easy to say it should be larger.

Notre Dame vs Pittsburgh Spread Odds

  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish -4.0 -110
  • Pittsburgh Panthers +4.0 -110

Pitt ranks 309th out of 350 teams in field goal percentage, showing their clear and evident lack of ability to score the ball consistently. Considering defense is one of Notre Dame’s worst areas, ranking 241st in opposing field goal percentage, Pitt’s inability to shoot should help cancel out their bigness weakness.

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Expect Notre Dame to get an early lead and keep it throughout the game. Plus, the Fighting Irish may go on a big run as the Panthers simply can’t knock down shots.

Dota 2 Odds: Team SMG Vs. Team Aster

The Huya Winter Invitational matchup between Team Aster and Team SMG brings some interesting odds to the table. Despite Team SMG being the higher-ranked team in the Dota 2 world rankings, they find themselves as underdogs to the lower-ranked Team Aster.

Team SMG vs Team Aster Moneyline Odds

  • Team SMG +180
  • Team Aster -240

The team’s recent form is likely why the odds disagree with the world rankings as Team SMG has won just one of their last five matches. However, it should also be noted that Team Aster has only won two of their last five matches as well. Dating back even further, Team Aster has won just three of their last 10 games while eSports betting fans have seen Team SMG win five of their last 10.

The wrong team may be favored in this matchup and even if Team SMG doesn't win, the +180 odds seem worth the risk.