Russia’s Daria Kasatkina comes up against compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Moscow this afternoon and the sixth seed should be able to secure a spot in the next round.
Kasatkina to win 2-0 @ 23/10
Kasatkina is rated as the slight underdog at 23/20 but for better value I’m going to go for a straight-sets victory for the 21-year-old.
The world number 14 struggled on the US and Chinese swings on hard courts but claimed an impressive win over Alize Cornet in her last match at the WTA Moscow event.
Pavlyuchenkova has yet to drop a set in the Russian capital and thrashed lucky loser Valentini Grammatikopoulou, who benefited from Simona Halep’s withdrawal, in her last outing but may find Kasatkina a bit too hot to handle.
LA Lakers @ 27/20
LeBron James will line up for the LA Lakers in a competitive match for the first time overnight as they head to Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland are a decent outfit but the Lakers impressed in pre-season, with two successive wins over Golden State Warriors, and will be looking to make a statement in their season opener.
The Lakers, who also picked up Rajon Rondo in the off-season, have lost their last three matches against Portland, but they are a different team now with some big-name stars and can open the new season with a victory on the road.
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