Daily Sports Betting Preview 4/7/2020: League of Legends and Table Tennis

  • Even post Covid-19, the sports betting world soldiers on, although it looks a bit different.
  • OMG is favored over Suning Gaming in the Chinese League of Legends Pro League.
  • The Russian Table Tennis Pro League brings over 30 matches to the betting slate today.

MOSCOW, Russia - Today’s edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview covers some mainstays of the Preview in the post COVID-19 world.

First, the Preview checks in with the League of Legends Pro League, or LPL, from China. The LPL is one of the top flight competitions in the esports realm.

Today’s Preview closes out with an examination of the Russian Table Tennis Pro League, which brings a ton of volume to the betting slate.

Without further ado, let’s get started!

League Of Legends LPL Betting

The LPL, China’s top-flight League of Legends competition, is home to some of the best teams in the world. The last two world champions have come from this league and they still play in this league today.

Due to time differences, the games tend to air in the wee hours of the night for USA sports bettors, which makes it all the more important to get your bets in during the day.

For example, there are three matches upcoming in the LPL - and they start broadcasting at 11:00 p.m. PST tonight.

For those who are unaware, League of Legends gaming tends to involve best of 3 competition. This affects the esports’ betting lines in a few ways.

First, the spreads tend to be similar to puck line spreads - the favorite is handicapped by -1.5 games, the underdog receives the opposite handicap of +1.5 games. Bets are then taken on those lines - there is no attempt to get even action on both sides, simply just a puck line style of betting.

The second main impact is that the over/under lines are based on how many games a series will go - and are almost invariably set at 2.5 games. Since each series is a best of three format, they can end in two games, or they can end in three games.

Today’s LPL action brings three matches to the betting slates of esports bettors across the world.

The most interesting game being played today is probably the game between Suning Gaming and Oh My God, more commonly known as OMG.

OMG are a mainstay of the Chinese League of Legends scene, and are favored in this matchup over Suning, with -230 odds on the moneyline, compared to Suning’s +165.

The spread, of course, handicaps the favorite with -1.5 and the underdog with +1.5. In this case, Suning (+1.5) has -190 odds, while OMG (-1.5) has +135 odds.

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The Over/Under for how many games the match will take is set at 2.5, as always. The Over has even odds at +100 while the Under is a favorite at -140.

This is interesting - OMG is a favorite, but not enough of one that they are favored at -1.5 games. Despite this, the Under 2.5 is still favored over the Over 2.5, which implies that the series is somewhat likely to end in 2 games.

If OMG wins 2-0, they will cover both the -1.5 spread and the Under 2.5. If they win 2-1, or if they lose, they will cover neither.

The margins in this match are razor-thin, and absolutely worth examining for any aspiring esports bettor.

Russian Table Tennis Pro League Betting

The Russian Table Tennis Pro League is likely well known to longtime readers of this column - it’s become a fan favorite in a post COVID-19 world.

The reasons for its ascent are simple. First, it’s still running - bettors can’t bet on events that have stopped. Second, it provides an avenue for quick and easy volume betting, which is exceedingly rare in a post COVID-19 betting scenario.

There are over thirty matches taking place in the Pro League today, as there are on many of the days it is running.

The matches run all day, throughout the day, and the latest one starts at 6:20 p.m. EST. The basic idea behind the tournament, as far as sports betting goes, is that it can fill up an entire day on its own.

One other thing that the Pro League highlights is that live betting can be important. A favorite going down early can be had for better odds, for example.

Many of the online sportsbooks that host Pro League betting will also offer live betting options on each of the matches, so the competition is definitely worth checking out.

There are a lot of betting opportunities out there for the savvy sports bettor, even in a world where many sports leagues have shut their doors for the time being.

It can be important to find those opportunities where they are available - and the Pro League is certainly rife with betting lines.