Doosan Bears vs. NC Dinos – KBO Finals, Tuesday, November 24, 2020
The series between the Doosan Bears and the NC Dinos have been really close so far, but the defending champions are now trailing 3-2 after a one-sided defeat at the start of this week. They need to bounce back and win on Tuesday, or the KBO title will go to their opponents.
It’s going to be an epic clash, and both sides are sending some of their top pitchers right from the start. I explore their stats in this Doosan Bears vs. NC Dinos betting preview, alongside the latest odds. The post also includes my prediction and a free betting pick for game six of the series.
Bears vs. Dinos Odds
The Doosan Bears vs. NC Dinos odds available at the top baseball betting sites show that the reigning champions are expected to lose game six of the series. I certainly understand why, and you will see too in my analysis below.
Doosan Bears Analysis and Starting Pitcher
The Doosan Bears were in a strong position just a couple of days ago after opening a 2-1 win lead in the KBO Finals. They lost the next games without scoring a single run, though, and another defeat would put an end to their attempt to defend their title from 2019.
Like many other important fixtures this season, the reigning champions are sending Raul Alcantara from the start of the game. The pitcher’s 2.53 ERA and 1.027 WHIP are among the best in South Korea, but his performance in the postseason has been bad.
Alcantara lost both of his two starts so far, including the series opener against the Dinos when he gave up four runs in five innings.
The Dominican athlete needs to do better than that, and the same applies to the struggling offense. The Bears failed to score a single run in the last two games, which is simply unacceptable in the finals.
NC Dinos Analysis and Starting Pitcher
One of the reasons I favored the NC Dinos before the start of this series is the team’s ability to win close games. That statement has aged like milk because the side’s only two defeats were by a margin of a single run in two tight clashes.
The good news is that the Dinos looked much stronger than their opponent in the other games and have opened a 3-2 lead. The ability to suffocate the opposition’s offense has been the key to success, and the starting pitcher for Tuesday can deliver that same advantage.
Drew Rucinski started the opening game of the series and played a part in the fourth fixture, with both encounters going in NC’s favor. He’s been excellent this season, and another strong performance could be enough to bring the title.
Bears vs. Dinos Betting Pick
NC Dinos (-1.5)+150
The NC Dinos have all the momentum, and they are sending their most reliable pitcher on Tuesday, while the Doosan Bears have looked lost in the past two games. I believe that the series won’t go to a game seven, and the favorite can cover the -1.5 runs handicap.