Daily Sports Betting Preview 8/7/2020: Bellator 243, NRL Betting, World Snooker Championship

  • Michael Chandler is a serious favorite against Benson Henderson at Bellator 243.
  • The Melbourne Storm have -550 odds against the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL.
  • Yan Bingtao is a +700 underdog against the current World Snooker Champion Judd Trump.

LAS VEGAS - Today’s edition of the Daily Sports Betting Preview covers several different types of sports.

Starting with the world of MMA, the Preview takes a look at Bellator 243.

Then, the Preview turns from a contest of violence to a game that can involve it, as Australia’s NRL features several games today.

Finally, the Preview takes a look at the ongoing World Snooker Championship, which brings several good matches to the table.

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

Bellator 243 Betting

Bellator, the UFC’s little brother, so to speak, is an MMA competition that has long been regarded as second-tier compared to the UFC.

That said, it has developed a reputation for good fights, as well as a reputation for putting on nostalgia fights - fights between older, famous fighters, who are past their prime.

The main event of the evening is a lightweight bout between Michael Chandler and Benson Henderson.

The last time these two fought was at Bellator 165, almost four years ago. Chandler defeated Henderson by split decision.

The current odds seem to favor Chandler once again.

Chandler vs. Henderson Betting - Bovada

  • Michael Chandler -235
  • Benson Henderson +185

The odds posted above are from Bovada, and this fight shows the efficacy of shopping lines in a fairly actionable way. Consider those odds, and then take a look at the ones from BetOnline.

Chandler vs. Henderson Betting - BetOnline

  • Michael Chandler -220
  • Benson Henderson +185

Both of these online sportsbooks have Henderson as a +185 underdog on the moneyline, so there isn’t much to be gained from shopping that line between the two.

However, BetOnline has Chandler at -220, and Bovada has him at -235. That might seem like a small amount, but managing margins in sports betting is very important.

This is a marginal improvement, but one that should be taken by anyone who plans to wager on Chandler. It’s as simple as opening another tab in an internet browser to check the lines on different sportsbooks.

Australia NRL Betting

The NRL is a great rugby competition, and features matches that are well worth betting on for US based rugby bettors.

However, these matches do tend to air in the very early morning (some might call it the middle of the night), making them tough to watch live.

This means that bettors might be best off getting their bets in today and then letting the cards fall where they may.

The earliest matchup in the NRL comes on at 1:00 a.m. EST and features the Melbourne Storm taking on the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Melbourne, the home team in this matchup, is the second ranked team in the league right now, with a record of 10 wins, 0 draws, and two losses.

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Canterbury is bringing up the rear, 16th in the league, and has a record of two wins, 0 draws and 10 losses.

Given this discrepancy in quality, the lines should come as no surprise.

Melbourne vs. Canterbury Moneyline

  • Canterbury Bulldogs +430
  • Melbourne Storm -550

Melbourne is -550 on the moneyline, while Canterbury’s +430 odds make them a serious underdog in this matchup.

Melbourne vs. Canterbury Spread

  • Canterbury Bulldogs +13.5
  • Melbourne Storm -13.5

This is a serious spread as far as rugby betting goes. There are two other matches set to take place today, and this spread is bigger than both of the spreads on those matches combined.

It needs to be, in order to properly account for the major difference in quality between the two teams playing today.

Melbourne’s point differential is +157 - they’ve outscored opponents over their 12 games by a total of 157 points.

Canterbury’s is a woeful -122.

World Snooker Championship Betting

The World Snooker Championship is in a period of flux, right now, as heavy favorites like John Higgins are beaten out of the tournament.

That said, snooker bettors will be familiar with the names remaining in the field, and in today’s featured match, one of those names takes center stage.

Today’s featured match is between Judd Trump and Yan Bingtao and should feature some extremely high level play.

Trump has been described as a wunderkind, a young upstart, but at the age of 30, he’s no longer so young. Yan Bingtao, on the other hand, is 20 years old, and on a path to be one of the best players in the sport.

Judd Trump vs. Yan Bingtao Moneyline

  • Judd Trump -1100
  • Yan Bingtao +700

Yan has lost all five of his previous encounters with Trump, but currently holds a lead in this best-of-25 series, up 5-3.

Trump, the current World Champion, has his back to the wall a little bit, and needs a good showing today.

No World Champion has ever defended their title the next year in the modern era.

Trump is looking to be the first to do so, but before he can consider that, he has to face down Yan Bingtao.

Happy Betting!