Some of tennis, a little less European football than usual and lots of basketball - this weekend with sports events will be pretty interesting and bet-worthy. Check why with OneHash's weekly column with predictions of the most important games of the weekend.
- Bundesliga’s last hope
- NBA’s one-dimensional conferences
- England’s one team
Last serious test on clay courts ahead of rapidly upcoming French Open. To be honest, really intense test. Due to rainy Wednesday two best tennis players in Rome are about to play four matches in four days: best of 16 on Thursday, quarter-finals on Friday, semi-finals on Saturday and final on Sunday. It’s a lot of effort for them, for us it's even more emotions. Our favorite for the championship? Stefanos Tsitsipas. Greek didn’t need to play in QF with injured Roger Federer, so he should be rested for Saturday. He already reached finals on clay courts in Estoril Open and Madrid Open, while in Rome he seemed like only getting the wind in the sails.
OneHash prediction: Stefanos Tsitsipas winning a title
Pep Guardiola is only one match from his second-career treble. This one won’t taste as sweet as the one he got with Barcelona a decade ago, but Spaniard for sure want to prove to everyone that City’s premature exit from the Champions League at quarter-finals was only an accident at work. If Guardiola's players win on Saturday, they will become the first team to sweep all three domestic titles in England. And it seems like they are meant to do this. “Everyone says we have zero chance. Everyone says Man City is a top team, everyone thinks they are going to win it easily. It is normal for them to win every game, but we are going to try, we are going to give everything. Nobody expects us to give a good game, but I think we are in a good position because of that” - Watford’s Étienne Capoue tried to give his colleagues some hope, but words of encouragement might be not enough to achieve something against as classy team as the one from Etihad Stadium.
OneHash prediction: Manchester City two goals difference
This series doesn’t look so good for the Blazers after the first two games. Warriors took over Game 1 in some style, winning easily 116:94. In Game 2 the gap between both teams wasn’t that big, Blazers were 15-points up at the end of the first half and even that kind of advantage wasn’t enough for them to sealed away victory. Now the series moves to Portland, with Blazers having real anxiety of being swept. Game 3 is a must-win for them. Some might say that without Durant the Warriors are going to give up on at least one game in Moda Center, we say that they want to relax and rest before the finals as quickly as possible. That’s why we don’t see reigning champs losing even once in the Western Conference Finals. They’re just too strong, too experienced and too versatile. Just look at this defensive play of Andre Iguodala in the crunch-time of Game 2 and his attitude afterwards. Pure championship genes.
OneHash prediction: Golden State Warriors
Maybe not as one-dimensional as the West Finals, but at least in Milwaukee Raptors seem like a heavy underdogs. They were in great position to win Game 1, but they blew 7-point lead in fourth quarter. In the final 12 minutes Kyle Lowry was the only Toronto’s player who made a field goal! Giannis Antetokounmpo (24 points, 14 rebounds and six assists) looked like his regular MVP-version of this season, but The Greek Freak had real help from his support. Brook Lopez’s 29 points from 12-21 FG was Game’s 1 key to the victory. We can assume that in Game 2 both Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe can toke on a role that Lopez felt so good at.
OneHash prediction: Milwaukee Bucks
During this weekend great basketball will be seen not only on the NBA’s courts. Rivalry between four best European teams enters its most important phase. It will be a lot of historical events in Fernando Buesa Arena, with big chances for the next ones. In one semi-final Fenerbahce will face Anadolu Efes in the first-ever all-Turkish semi-final in the history of the competition. Second semi-final is a rematch from last year, reigning champions Real Madrid will take on CSKA Moscow. Russians swept Real 2-0 in the regular season, but now we have a different moment and way different stake. Spaniards had some problems during this season, but now they look really solid, winning all of last ten games. As Rudy Tomjanovich once said, don't ever underestimate the heart of a champion.
OneHash prediction: Real Madrid winning a title
Two teams in two completely different phases of season. Juventus - at least the one that we know for last couple seasons - breathes its last. The team is not really interested in gaining points in long-time-ago-won Serie A, that’s why the Old Lady managed to win only five of last five league’s matches. What’s more important is that Juventus faces a revolution that could happen to the club this summer. It has been already confirmed that Massimiliano Allegri will leave Turin after the season. Who will be his successor? Unknown.
Atalanta, on the other hand, looks now as fresh as never before. Although Gian Piero Gasperini’s boys lost Coppa Italia’s final against Lazio, but this failure shouldn’t stand in their way to European glory. 4th-in-the-table Atalanta continues its march to the Champions League, now facing a well-known and well-liked rival. When both teams met at the end of January in Coppa Italia, Atalanta shocked Juventus, clinching a 3-0 victory. Similar result on Sunday shouldn’t be as big a surprise as it seems at first glance.
OneHash prediction: Atalanta one goal difference
One team is already assured of finishing Serie A season as runner up, the other faces a chance to securing a place in the top four and the Champions League qualification next season. Two of Italiang giants are lately in excellent form. Napoly won four of its last five games, while Inter hasn’t lost a single game since March 31st. One and a half months, seven games and still counting! Inter need only one victory ensure a finish in Top 4, nevertheless let’s remember that Napoli is solid offensive power that scored 68 goals this season. No one in Naples is going to help Inter with prestigious win.
OneHash prediction: draw
Only a glimmer of hope resists in Germany. Bayern Munich is two points clear at the table of second Borussia Dortmund and only disaster could take away the Bundesliga’s title from Bavarians. Bayern plays against Eintracht Frankfurt and needs only one point to secure seventh straight title. Eintracht, occupying 6th place and being only one point behind 4th place, still fights for the Champions League’s spot, that’s why players from Frankfurt should leave their hearts on the field. Nevertheless it doesn’t seem that Bayern’s going to stop its domination over Bundesliga. Boys from Dortmund have tied hands, they can only give the best of them in Monchengladbach and groak at miracle in Munich. No more, no less.
OneHash prediction: Bayern winning a title