Daily Sports Betting Preview 2/2/2021: Celtics Warriors, ATP Cup, Premier League

  • The Boston Celtics are 2.5 point road favorites over the Golden State Warriors.
  • Alexander Zverev has -160 odds to defeat Denis Shapovalov.
  • Manchester United has -225 odds to beat Southampton on the three way moneyline.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to the Daily Sports Betting Preview - Tuesday edition.

First up for the Preview is the NBA matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors. Next, in the world of tennis, Alexander Zverev takes on Denis Shapovalov.

Finally, in the Premier League, Manchester United battles against Southampton.

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

NBA Betting

The Boston Celtics are one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this year, and they are currently road tripping West to visit the Golden State Warriors.

The Dubs have been inconsistent enough that they are underdogs in this matchup, even at home.

Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Spread

  • Boston Celtics -2.5 (-115)
  • Golden State Warriors +2.5 (-105)

Boston’s 18 games have given them ten wins, and intriguingly, they have the same record against the spread as they do straight up.

They are slightly worse on the road against the spread, with a 4-6 ATS record on the road, and a 6-2 ATS record at home. As road favorites, they’re even worse. They have a 1-6 ATS record as road favorites.

This could come into play in this matchup, as they are of course on the road against the Golden State Warriors.

The Dubs are 11-9 on the season, and 10-10 against the spread. What sticks out about their ATS record is that they are far better against the spread at home.

The Warriors have an 8-4 home ATS record, as compared to a 2-6 away record against the spread. In addition, the Warriors are 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games - they clearly enjoy playing at home.

One mitigating factor for the Warriors could be rest. They’re playing on two days rest in this matchup.

When playing on two days rest, the Warriors are 0-4 against the spread in their last four games.

NBA betting enthusiasts are used to seeing significant home/road discrepancies, and in this case, both teams have them.

The Celtics are worse against the spread on the road, and the Warriors are better against the spread at home.

Whether or not to assume these trends will continue is up to any individual wagerer.

ATP Cup Betting

The ATP Cup features several solid matchups on Tuesday, but perhaps the most intriguing pits Alexander Zverev against Denis Shapovalov.

Alexander Zverev is a name that every tennis bettor should be familiar with at this point. He’s one of the most promising players on the planet, and a candidate for being the face of the next generation after the Big Three are gone.

Today, he faces off against Denis Shapovalov, who is a remarkable competitor in his own right.

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While Zverev is ranked seventh in the ATP rankings, Shapovalov is only a few spots lower at twelfth.

Alexander Zverev vs. Denis Shapovalov Moneyline

  • Alexander Zverev -160
  • Denis Shapovalov +130

The moneyline for this matchup sees Zverev as a -160 favorite over Shapovalov, who clocks in at +130.

Alexander Zverev vs. Denis Shapovalov Spread

  • Alexander Zverev -2.0 (-110)
  • Denis Shapovalov +2.0 (-110)

These players have faced off five times before, with Zverev winning thrice and Shapovalov taking two wins himself.

Notably, the two wins Shapovalov has were in the last two matches they’ve played - Zverev’s last head to head win was in 2018. Most recently, in the 2020 ATP Cup Australia, Shapovalov dominated Zverev, winning the matchup 6-2 6-2.

Shapovalov is a few years younger than Zverev, and still coming into his own - it could be a trend that continues in this matchup.

Tennis betting fans have solid choices on both sides of this wager. While Zverev is higher ranked, Shapovalov’s recent wins in the head to head speak of a rising star who has figured a rival’s game out.

This should be a great match, both on the court and on the sportsbooks.

Premier League Betting

The Premier League features several matches today, but the one with the most implications for the future is between Southampton and Manchester United.

United have fallen behind Manchester City at the top of the table, and need a win in this matchup to draw level with their rivals on points.

Even with that win, they’ll have played two more games than Manchester City, meaning that their rivals will have many chances to pass them up.

Southampton, meanwhile, enter this matchup on a three match losing streak, and currently sit in 11th place in the Premier League.

They’re not in any real danger of falling into the relegation zone, but breaking their losing streak is of paramount importance.

Manchester United vs. Southampton Three Way Moneyline

  • Manchester United -225
  • Southampton +575
  • Draw +375

Looking at the three way moneyline, Southampton’s best chance of not losing is to pull off a draw, but the chances of that also seem remote.

These teams last played in November, in a matchup that saw Southampton lose away by a score of 2-3. However, in five of Southampton’s last seven PL matches, the team has failed to score even one goal.

Manchester United vs. Southampton No Draw Moneyline

  • Manchester United -650
  • Southampton +400

Manchester United at -650 odds on the no draw moneyline seems like the safest possible bet in this matchup.

This result will yield a return of about 15% to any soccer betting enthusiasts who take the easy way out in this matchup.

It’s hard to argue against anyone who does this - 15% is a solid increase in wager size, and the no draw moneyline prevents some of the downside.

Good luck!