Previous Day’s Record: 1-2
Overall Record: 8-7
Welcome to the last Monday of 2020 without NFL football.
September is a stacked month for sports all over the world, maybe the best month ever as football, baseball, basketball, Grand Slam tennis, and hockey converge into a smorgasboard of competition and gambling never seen before.
Let’s take a look at what the sporting scene has in store for us today. As always, all odds are provided by SPREADS.CA
NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYOFFS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS – GAME 3
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS VS. DENVER NUGGETS
The Clippers are the favourites for this match-up, and rightly so. They got trounced by the Nuggets in Game 2 on Saturday, humiliated in a way that they hadn’t been before during these playoffs. When they lost Game 2 of their first round series to the Dallas Mavericks, they bounced back with a dominant victory 48 hours later. It’s their on/off switch, but they are a veteran team that knows how to adjust within a series.
This time the bill is due, and the Nuggets will pay. Expect Kawhi Leonard to put his 2020 playoff low 13 points in Game 2 behind him and lead the Clippers to a win in a close contest.
My pick: LA Clippers (@ 1.20)
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE GROUP A -- MATCHDAY 2
Upset Pick of the Day!
NETHERLANDS VS. ITALY
This clash between European powerhouses will be of particular importance for the Italian side, considering that a loss would leave then five points back of the Group A leading Dutch side. The match is in Amsterdam and the Netherlands did win in their first official match since their manager Ronald Koeman split for Barcelona. Besides, they have the better team on paper.
However, Italy is 9-3-9 all-time against Monday’s opponent (they haven’t lost to them since 2008) and 2-0-2 when German referee Felix Brych is assigned to them.
Keep in mind, there is no VAR. I see a road upset in the horizon.
My pick: Italy wins 2-1....bet Italy (@ 3.25)
US Open Tennis ROUND 4 – MEN’S DRAW
DOMINIC THIEM (2) VS. FELIX AUGER-ALIASSIME (15)
Is this Canada’s time to shine? Everything seems to be aligned for Thiem to break through and win his first career Slam after Novak Djokovic’s stunning elimination by default after hitting a lineswoman on Sunday afternoon, but Auger-Aliassime has already slayed a giant like Andy Murray in the second round and will attempt to duplicate that on Monday.
The 20-year-old from Montreal has not dropped a set in his past two matches, but he also hadn’t made it past the third round of a Major until now either. How will he handle the pressure? Will his serve and potent forehand be enough to offset Thiem’s aggressive style of play and experience?
It should be a close, thrilling match, but Thiem is not about to let this golden opportunity slip through his fingers.
My pick: Thiem (@ 1.46) in 5 sets.
-- written by El Hombre