Daily Sports Betting Preview 5/4/2020: Table Tennis, Counter-Strike, NBA Sims

  • The Russian Pro League once again adds over 40 matches of table tennis to the betting slate of bettors everywhere.
  • The CS:GO BLAST Rising event features an interesting format that changes how bettors can place bets on the esport.
  • NBA Simulations continue at many major online sportsbooks, as the LA Clippers are home underdogs to the Portland Trailblazers.

LAS VEGAS - Today’s edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview features three separate betting opportunities for the readers to enjoy.

First, in table tennis, the Preview returns to an old friend - the Russian Pro League, a competition with an astounding amount of matches per day and one that has been a great boon to sports bettors in a post-pandemic world.

Then, in the realm of esports, the Preview takes a look at the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene, with the CS:GO BLAST Rising event.

Finally, in the world of NBA simulations, the LA Clippers are significant home underdogs against the Portland Trailblazers.

As always, there’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started.

Russian Pro League Table Tennis Betting

The Russian Pro League has been a favorite of this column for a majority of the post-pandemic time period. Over the course of that time, it has provided countless sports bettors with a betting outlet and a lot of volume in their betting slates.

Today’s edition of the Pro League is no different, with over 40 matches set to be played in the Pro League today.

These matches will be happening all day - the latest of them starts at 6:30 p.m. EST, which is 1:30 a.m. in Moscow!

The Pro League matches tend to be relatively even competitions, but today’s highlighted match is a little more interesting.

The match highlighted today features a significant underdog, and is therefore an excellent opportunity for live bettors to take a look at the world of table tennis.

That significant underdog is named Vladimir Petrov, and he is set to go up against the heavy favorite, Kirill Abramov, at 5:20 p.m. EST.

Petrov has +270 odds to defeat Abramov, while Abramov enters the contest with -425 odds to win.

This is an interesting opportunity for live bettors because table tennis is so dynamic - the odds will shift significantly if Abramov stumbles early, or if Petrov finds a way to keep the match close.

Overall, as always, the Pro League provides a lot of betting volume and intrigue to bettors across the world.

CS:GO BLAST Rising Betting

The CS:GO BLAST Rising tournament features a bit of a different format to many other Counter-Strike tournaments.

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The way it works is that there are four groups, each of which plays a double round-robin - but the kicker is that all of the matches in the group stage are best of one, not best of three.

Best of three matches are core to the majority of Counter-Strike betting - spreads and over/unders are given in terms of games in the match, and since these matches are best of one, they do not have spreads or over/unders at many of the major esports betting websites.

In other words, this is a high octane tournament - the matches will be quick, heads up affairs, and bets will be placed on the moneyline.

In today’s highlighted match, Endpoint takes on Tricked, in one of the more even contests of the day.

Endpoint enters the match with -170 odds, making them a favorite, but not a heavy one. In fact, of today’s matches, Endpoint in this match is the favorite with the third shortest odds.

Tricked, for their part, enter the match with +125 odds to pull off the upset. In other words, this match looks to be close and in a best-of-one world anything can happen.

NBA Sim Betting

Since the NBA suspended basketball operations on March 11th, 2020, the betting world has been bereft of one of the most interesting sports on the planet.

Several betting opportunities have sprung up to fill the void, not the least of which is simulations played out on the video game NBA 2k20.

Today’s highlighted simulation is an interesting one for virtual sports bettors to consider and the kind of simulation that could make anyone miss the real NBA.

In today’s highlighted game, the Los Angeles Clippers host the Portland Trailblazers in NBA 2k20 using Hall Of Fame difficulty.

The Clippers are 4.5 point home underdogs, with a little bit of shading their way on the spread: Clippers (+4.5) is -120, while Blazers (-4.5) is -110.

On the moneyline, the Blazers are -200 favorites while the Clippers are +150 underdogs.

The Over/Under line for the match is set at 114.5 points, with the Over having -110 odds and the Under having -120 odds.

This is an interesting opportunity for sports bettors to simply sit back and watch some simulated basketball or try to find and edge in the lines.