Daily Sports Betting Preview 2/15/2021: Rockets vs. Wizards, Chelsea vs. Newcastle, Table Tennis

  • The Houston Rockets are one point road favorites over the Washington Wizards.
  • Chelsea has -375 odds to defeat Newcastle United on the three-way moneyline.
  • The Russian Liga Pro provides volume betting opportunities for bettors across the globe.

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

Today on the Preview, the Houston Rockets take on the Washington Wizards in NBA betting action. Then, in the Premier League, Chelsea faces off against Newcastle United. Finally, in the Russian Liga Pro table tennis league, there are dozens of matches on the betting slate.

With so much to cover, it’s time to dive in.

NBA Betting

The Houston Rockets are still looking for an identity in the wake of the James Harden trade, and enter this matchup with the Wizards at 11-15 on the season. The Rockets are 4-6 in their last ten games straight up, and the overall trend for them is slightly negative.

Their opponent on Monday night, however, is one of the worst teams in the league - the Washington Wizards, as John Wall gets a chance to go up against his former team.

The Wizards enter this matchup at 7-17 in a worse conference and are also 4-6 in their last ten games going into this one.

Houston Rockets vs. Washington Wizards Spread

  • Houston Rockets -1.0 (-110)
  • Washington Wizards +1.0 (-110)

The Rockets are favored by one point on the spread, giving them the slimmest of margins as road favorites.

They’re 7-8 against the spread on the road, and 10-16 against the spread overall, with a 3-7 ATS record in their last ten games. To add to this, the Rockets enter this matchup on a five-game ATS losing streak, having failed to cover the spread in their five previous games.

The Wizards, meanwhile, are 4-8 ATS at home, with a 10-14 record against the spread overall, and a 4-6 ATS record in their last ten games. In addition, the Wizards are 3-7 in their last ten games as underdogs.

NBA betting enthusiasts might want to target individual player props instead of either team’s spread, given how uninspiring both teams are ATS.

The Wizards might have the best player on the court in the form of Bradley Beal, who is currently leading the NBA in scoring with 32.9 points per game.

Bradley Beal Points O/U

  • Over 29.5 -130
  • Under 29.5 +100

Despite this, the team around him does not seem to be good enough to warrant betting on. Both of these teams are serial underperformers, even against the mild expectations that the spread puts on them.

Premier League Betting

Chelsea, currently in fifth place in the Premier League, is looking at a shot to jump into fourth place with a match against Newcastle United.

Chelsea is one point shy of Liverpool in fourth place, having played one fewer game than the reigning PL champions.

They’re 14 points away from Manchester City at the top of the table, and seven points away from Manchester United and Leicester City in second and third place respectively. Winning matches like this is critical for a team that desperately wants to finish in the top four and secure Champions League football for another season.

Newcastle, meanwhile, is currently 17th in the Premier League and fighting for its life to avoid relegation.

With a goal differential of -13 and a record of 7-4-12, they’re seven points clear of 18th place Fulham, and they’d like it to stay that way.

Chelsea vs. Newcastle Three Way Moneyline

  • Chelsea -375
  • Newcastle +1100
  • Draw +475

Chelsea at -375 to win outright is an intriguing wager, as moving to the no draw line from the three-way moneyline will make the bet safer, but far less profitable.

Chelsea vs. Newcastle No Draw Moneyline

  • Chelsea -2000
  • Newcastle +775

Intriguingly, these teams have not drawn against one another since September of 2015, and the head to head record since then sees Chelsea with seven wins and Newcastle with two, including a win in January of 2020.

Given this, the three-way moneyline odds could be safer than many soccer betting fans might think at first glance.

Given the trend of these teams to not end up with draws, taking the better odds on the three-way moneyline as opposed to the prohibitive no draw moneyline odds could be a solid play.

Russian Liga Pro Betting

The Liga Pro presents a solid volume betting opportunity to table tennis betting enthusiasts and to those who merely enjoy betting.

The online sportsbooks have odds on most under the radar events, including this Russian table tennis league, and in the early days of the pandemic, it was one of the only sporting events still running.

Now, bettors can look to the Liga Pro when they’re in need of betting opportunities in large volumes. Some of the most interesting odds come from matches involving Sergey Kuzmin.

Sergey Kuzmin vs. Igor Mikhaylov Moneyline

  • Sergey Kuzmin +130
  • Igor Mikhaylov -170

Sergey Kuzmin vs. Dmitriy Balakin Moneyline

  • Sergey Kuzmin +215
  • Dmitriy Balakin -290

Sergey Kuzmin vs. Sergey Burov Moneyline

  • Sergey Kuzmin +100
  • Sergey Burov -135

Note that Kuzmin is a huge underdog to Dimitriy Balakin, but only a very mild underdog against Sergey Burov. Kuzmin’s opponents also play each other in the competition on Monday, giving wagerers a chance to compare odds.

Ikor Mikhaylov vs. Dmitriy Balakin Moneyline

  • Igor Mikhaylov +170
  • Dimitriy Balakin -220

Sergey Burov vs. Dimitriy Balakin Moneyline

  • Sergey Burov -115
  • Dimitriy Balakin -115

This is where the odds get a bit intriguing. When Balakin faces off against Mikhaylov, it works out roughly as it should. Both are favored against Kuzmin, with Balakin far more favored, and thus, Balakin is favored in the head-to-head.

When Burov plays Balakin, one might expect Balakin to be favored again, given the head-to-head matchup discrepancy against Kuzmin.

However, that matchup is instead a pick ‘em, with both sides having -115 odds. This means that table tennis betting fans might want to take Balakin in this matchup or Burov against Kuzmin, as it seems to imply some discrepancy in the odds.

Good luck!

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