The first weekend of sports for 2020 will be a quiet one, but that doesn’t mean the matches and event are any less important. We even dabbled a bit in some novelty bets this week, so have a good read and enjoy the article.
Third test between Australia and New Zealand
We Australians have already celebrated our victory in the three-test series against New Zealand, as the first two tests were easily won by our green and gold heroes.
Test three will take place at the mighty SCG, where Australia will look to secure its first victory of 2020 and its third over the Black Caps.
It will be good to see if the same players keep performing well, or if other stars can build an innings, but we all know that the Mitch Starc and Pat Cummins duo will be in full power to completely flatten the New Zealanders.
ATP Cup builds hype for upcoming Australian Open
24 countries, three Australian cities, two weeks of tennis action in the lead up to the Australian Open, this is the ATP Cup. If you follow the tennis you know about the ATP Cup and the significance of the tournament, but many casual fans will only know about the Australian Open, which kicks off on the 13th of January.
Spain is the current favourite to win the country-based tournament, which would be off the back of Rafael Nadal, who has always been an Australian fan-favourite. Host country Australia currently sits as the fourth most popular option with Nick Kyrgios leading the way.
This will serve as a great platform to see which players are in the best form before the first Grand Slam tournament begins in a few more days.
NBA matches including a big possible NBA Finals preview
Despite the fact that 17 matches have been scheduled over the weekend in the NBA, there are not too many matches that jump out instantly as the best of the best, but one game on Saturday does appear to be more important than the rest.
The Philadelphia 76ers will make their way to Houston to tackle the Rockets, which could be a future NBA Finals match up, as both franchises are short-priced in their respective conferences. Joel Embiid and Russell Westbrook could easily start a few altercations in this game, as they both love to trash talk and get in the face of their opposition.
We also acknowledge the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern, who passed away on America’s New Year’s Day. Stern commissioned the NBA for 30 years and made the NBA the international product that it is today.
Golden Globes awards night
You may be wondering why we have mentioned the Golden Globes in our weekly betting news article, well there are plenty of reasons to take a look at the awards night, including the many betting markets that have been arranged for it.
If you are a member with Sportsbet.com.au you can see in their novelty bets sections that the Golden Globes has over 10 markets for all the different major awards including best actor, actress, director and more.
The shortest priced favourites include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to win Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy at $1.20, and then you have Joaquin Phoenix’s amazing performance from Joker at $1.26 for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.
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