Daily Sports Betting Preview 4/20/2021: MLB, Euroleague, ATP Barcelona Odds

  • The San Francisco Giants have +137 odds to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Anadolu Efes has -350 odds to defeat Real Madrid in the Euroleague.
  • Rafael Nadal is a -5000 favorite over Ilya Ivashka at ATP Barcelona.

LAS VEGAS - Welcome to the Daily Sports Betting Preview on this fine Tuesday!

The Preview kicks off with a look at a solid baseball matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants. Then, the Preview looks at the Euroleague basketball matchup between Real Madrid BC and Anadolu Efes. Finally, ATP Barcelona features a tennis matchup between Rafael Nadal and Ilya Ivashka.

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

MLB Betting

The San Francisco Giants are sitting at 10-6, good for second place in the competitive NL West division. Their opponents today, the Philadelphia Phillies, are currently in second place in the NL East, although they only have an 8-8 record.

The Giants have won five of their six home games, and gone even on the road, so it’s not exactly a surprise to see them unfavored in this road matchup against the Phillies.

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies Moneyline

  • San Francisco Giants +137
  • Philadelphia Phillies -157

The Giants were not exactly expected to be in this position, with 538 projecting them for a 77-85 record. Still, 10-6 is within the range of possible outcomes for a team of this quality, which means that bettors might expect a regression from this team in the near future.

The Phillies, on the other hand, are already in the process of regressing. After winning five of their first six games, they’ve lost seven of their last ten.

San Francisco Giants vs. Philadelphia Phillies Run Line

  • San Francisco Giants +1.5 (-145)
  • Philadelphia Phillies -1.5 (+125)

The run line for this matchup is slightly in favor of the underdogs, who are being spotted +1.5 runs.

San Francisco did, after all, beat the Phillies on Monday, and they have a very reasonable shot in this game. Spotting them 1.5 runs is enough to tilt the matchup in their favor, and they could be a solid play on the run line for MLB betting enthusiasts.

This matchup airs at 7:05 p.m. EST, and will be broadcast on MLB.TV.

Basketball Betting

The Euroleague is the premier level of competition outside of the NBA, and today’s Euroleague slate is a good one.

The playoffs are in full swing in the Euroleague, and with only eight teams left, the matchups are all great at this point. In today’s featured matchup, Real Madrid will face off against Anadolu Efes in a matchup of genuinely elite Euroleague teams.

Anadolu Efes finished in third place in the Euroleague, with a 22-12 overall record, and a point differential of +254, which was the highest in the Euroleague.

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Real Madrid is the sixth seed, and while they do have a 20-14 record, they also only have a point differential of +74.

In other words, this matchup might be a bit more lopsided than a general 3-6 matchup, and especially more lopsided than the two teams’ respective records let on.

Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Odds to Win

  • Real Madrid +275
  • Anadolu Efes -350

Anadolu Efes are big favorites in this matchup, as their underlying numbers seem to indicate that they are a far better team than Real Madrid.

For a 3-6 matchup, this is remarkably lopsided - the odds for this matchup are very close to the odds for the 1-8 matchup, Barcelona vs. Zenit St. Petersburg.

Real Madrid vs. Anadolu Efes Spread

  • Real Madrid +8.5 (-110)
  • Anadolu Efes -8.5 (-110)

This trend continues on the spread, and is even more visible - this matchup actually has the same spread as the Barcelona vs. Zenit matchup, despite being ostensibly between two more evenly matched teams.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that Anadolu Efes are a wildly overqualified third seed, and that they are very likely to win this game. In terms of wagering, Anadolu Efes on the moneyline could be a solid play for basketball betting fans around the globe.

This matchup airs at 1:00 p.m. EST, and is available via FloSports.

Tennis Betting

ATP Barcelona is in full swing, and tennis bettors are in for a rare treat - Rafael Nadal in a smaller event.

Nadal is a prohibitive favorite to win this tournament, and he’s obviously a massive favorite over anyone he plays against. Still, the degree to which the online sportsbooks favor him over Tuesday’s challenger, Ilya Ivashka, is stunning.

Rafael Nadal vs. Ilya Ivashka Moneyline

  • Rafael Nadal -5000
  • Ilya Ivashka +1600

Or, perhaps not that stunning. Nadal is, after all, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the current third ranked player in the world. Ivashka, on the other hand, is ranked 111th in the world, and has never been ranked higher than 80th.

Rafael Nadal vs. Ilya Ivashka Spread

  • Rafael Nadal -7.0 (-130)
  • Ilya Ivashka +7.0 (EVEN)

Even a +7.0 spread can’t make Ivashka the favorite in this matchup, with Nadal -7.0 being favored with -130 odds.

The matchup being lopsided should perhaps be expected by tennis betting enthusiasts, who are living through the careers of some of the greatest players ever.