FREE PREMIUM BET - CSKA made really hard work of beating Ural (1-0) at the weekend, and they also struggled through the last round of this competition against Red Star. The other thing to note with the Koni is they are without three defenders in Vasili Berezutski, Viktor Vasin and Mario Fernandes, and their is a good chance Georgi Schennikov won’t make it back from a recent ankle injury. That means Viktor Goncharenko will be without two of the players which started at the weekend, and he will need to patch up his defence. Lyon have been disappointing in recent league matches (not won in 6), and they are also out of the Coupe de France. Nevertheless, Bruno Genesio’s side disposed of Villarreal with two wins in the last round of this competition, and we shouldn’t forget they beat PSG. The visitors are without their top scorer in Nabil Fekir, but three players who missed the weekend game could return! We like the visitors - they have the class and team news is positive.
For whatever reason Natalia Vikhlyantseva is really struggling, and she even failed to qualify for St Petersburg. In fact, since the same tournament in 2017, the 21 year old Russian has only shown bits of form. And now she’s facing the former world number 2! Vera Zvonareva seemed to retire from tennis when she injured her shoulder in 2015. The 33 year old then got married and had a child in 2016, so it was surprising to see her making a comeback toward the middle of last season. The girl from Moscow went through 2017 with a 25-11, and she’s 4-4 on the YTD. While Zvonareva is clearly not at the same level anymore, she’s beat some seasoned pro’s since returning and chances are she can improve further!
There's been some growing pains with the Cavs' retooled roster but all in all, we believe it's been a net positive despite some recent struggles, dropping 4 of their last 7 games. The Nuggets remain one of the more inconsistent teams as their effort and execution varies wildly on a nightly basis and after a 126-117 win over the same Cavs on Saturday, they laid a dud last night losing to the lottery team Mavericks. The Cavs are still thin in the post with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love sidelined but the Nuggets don't really play a low post game with Nikola Jokic as he prefers to stretch the floor and play more on the perimeter. The Nuggets do enjoy a sizable home court advantage but we don't believe it matters too much here, especially against players like George Hill and JR Smith who have played entire seasons with the Jazz or Nuggets as well. It's unlikely we see a repeat of Saturday in our opinion and it will be the Cavs who come out on top this time.
The Pelicans continued their blazing form as they picked up their 9th consecutive win last night against the Clippers 121-116 and also marked the 8th time in their last 9 scoring 121 points or more. The Kings are still a lottery team but it's difficult to tell sometimes as they've really found a good mix of youngsters and veterans that play hard and stay competitive as evidenced by their 7-3 record ATS in their last 10. This matchup is generally very heated between rivals but even moreso with players such as Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and others who played on both, albeit Cousins is sidelined with an injury. While one could expect Rondo to want this a little bit more than usual, we can't deny the fantastic play from Kings such as Willie Cauley-Stein, De'Aaron Fox and recently returned Skal Labissiere. In fact, the Kings match up quite well with the Pelicans who don't really have the outside shooters and whose defense is mediocre at best. We're going to opt for the moneyline!
The Rockets made relatively easy work of the Thunder last night en route to their 16th consecutive win in a 122-112 victory. The Bucks have been slumping of late losing 5 of their last 6 but we can expect their best tonight going against the West leading Rockets at 50-13. In addition to the Bucks generally showing up in a big way in these type of games, they also match up well with their length and athleticism against the 3 point heavy Rockets. With the Rockets also on a back to back against a tough physical Thunder team, we expect the Bucks to have a bit of an edge late in the game as well when tired legs start to set in. We're going to go big and opt for the moneyline!
In 2017, Lauren Davis beat Julia Goerges, Anastasija Sevastova and Viktorija Golubic in the first three rounds here. However, she trails todays opponent Samantha Stosur 3-0 on head to heads, and she’s been suffering from injury this year. With all that said, we still believe the tenacious American should put on a big display here, because at the end of the day she’s still got a future whereas her Aussie opponent is really beginning to struggle. If Davis can read Stosur’s top spin she’s got a great chance of defying the odds today. Having that recent run out in Acapulco should have put her spot on, and the court clearly suits!
HOPE YOU ALL BENEFITTED AGAIN FROM YESTERDAYS QUALIFIER BETS, IT’S ALL ADDING UP NICELY AND SUBSCRIBERS ARE ENJOYING NICE PROFITS. WE HAVE 4 BETS FOR DAY ONE OF INDIAN WELLS, AND THIS ONE WE ARE GIVING AWAY FOR FREE. PLEASE NOTE WE ONLY PROCESS NEW SUBSCRIBERS UP TO 13:00 FOR THE SAME DAYS TENNIS PICKS, AND TOMORROW (THURSDAY) WE ARE IN A CONFERENCE AND WON’T HAVE TIME TO ACCEPT NEW APPLICANTS (ALL BETS FOR TOMORROW WILL BE SENT OUT THIS EVENING) . ……….PREVIEW : Thirty two year old Pauline Parmentier is what you would call a journeyman(woman). The French player has never been one of the elite, but she’s held herself at a reasonable level. However, her form spiralled during 2017, and her 1-6 this year suggests it’s dipped again. We were ready to take Parmentier on in qualification before she got promoted into the main cut, so we are as sure as hell going to go against her with Amanda Anismova. We can’t think of any 16 year old with more potential than Anismova. In fact, we can’t think of any teenager we like better. The reigning US juniors open champion has a big game, and she’s not in the habit of dragging things out. It goes without saying that Parmentier might know a trick or two more, but she doesn’t have half the talent of this girl! Straight sets!
CAN I JUST MENTION WE ARE GETTING A LOT OF SUBSCRIPTION ENQUIRIES FOR OUR RACING PREMIUM SERVICE FROM PEOPLE WHO DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND RACING. WE JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE DIFFERENT TO OTHER TIPPING SERVICES IN THAT WE DON’T WANT PEOPLE WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND THE FUNDAMENTALS. 90% OF OUR RACING CUSTOMERS ARE FROM THE UK AND THE REASON FOR THAT IS IT’S PART OF OUR BETTING CULTURE. …………..PREVIEW - Dickie Johnson could have gone to Catterick to ride a couple of favourites, but he decided to come here instead. We believe the champion jockey has a massive chance on former point to point winner REIKERS ISLAND. The five year old was still in there pitching when he fell at the second last on his hurdling debut. Whether he would have won that race is anybodies guess, because he did pull quite hard during the race. What we do know is he’s a strong stayer and he should be wiser today. Receiving 7 pounds from the other two principals is a massive advantage!!
Conference USA Tournament 1st Round game to be played on a neutral court in Frisco, Texas. FAU scored a nice cover for us last week when they nearly gave Old Dominion a scare while easily covering the 15 point spread in a 69-64 loss. However, the Owls followed it up with a dud as they lost outright to dreadful Charlotte to close the regular season out. UAB ended on a bit more of a high note as the Blazers won 3 of their last 4 and are coming off a 101-73 shellacking of one of the conference heavyweights Western Kentucky. The Owls were disappointing to say the least in their last game and we can't see their defense being enough against a red hot Blazers team that's averaging 96 points in their last 2 wins.
SEC Tournament 1st Round game to be played on a neutral court in St Louis, Missouri. In what's almost certain head coach Mark Fox's final games of his tenure at Georgia, it's somewhat refreshing to see the job he has done down the stretch, scoring wins over Florida and Tennessee with his future in doubt. Nevertheless, with the writing on the wall, we're starting to see signs of a defeated team and we have to wonder if the Bulldogs are even up for the Herculean task of winning the SEC Tournament which is their only way to earn a ticket into the NCAA Tournament. Vanderbilt finished the season 1 game worse than Georgia but to be fair, much less was expected of them and they proved to be a dangerous team at times as well, scoring wins over Florida and TCU out of conference. It's highly unlikely either team wins the SEC Tournament but we believe the Commodores are the more mentally prepared and focused team without distractions to deal with.
Big 12 Conference Tournament 1st round game played on a neutral court in Kansas City, Missouri. Disappointing season for both schools as they both finished with identical 8-10 records in conference play for a 4 way tie for 6th place. The Cowboys finished the year in much better form winning 3 of their last 4, including an 82-64 win over Big 12 regular season champion Kansas to close out the season. Nevertheless, we believe the Sooners' record is a bit deceiving and we believe they are the clear better team of the 2. While the win over the Jayhawks is impressive, it's worth noting that the Cowboys tend to struggle against offensive minded teams and the Sooners did beat Kansas as well, during a time that the Jayhawks were probably much more focused than the final game of the regular season where they had already clinched the conference title! With a 0 handicap, there's only one team we're interested in backing!
Sun Belt Conference Tournament 1st round game played on a neutral court in New Orleans, Louisiana. South Alabama bring one of the better defenses in the Sun Belt to this game but the Jaguars struggled closing the season winless in their last 5 games. Troy won both regular season matchups rather handily due to their strong post play and we don't see anything changing this time around.