NC Dinos vs. KIA Tigers – KBO, Saturday, October 31, 2020
The regular season of the KBO is basically over and the standings have been decided. We have only one game left and the top-placed NC Dinos will face the KIA Tigers in a clash that has nothing at stake.
Both sides won’t care too much about what happens on Saturday, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to make some money. I share my expectations in this NC Dinos vs. KIA Tigers betting preview that features the latest odds and lines, analysis of both sides, my prediction, and a free betting pick.
Dinos vs. Tigers Odds
The NC Dinos vs. KIA Tigers odds you see above are courtesy of SportsBetting.ag, one of the top baseball betting sites online. As you can see, the sportsbook sees this one as a coin toss and I can certainly understand where this is coming from.
NC Dinos Stats and Team News
The NC Dinos did their job weeks ago and secured the top spot in the KBO standings. They are waiting for the other contenders to determine who is going to meet them for the title and the main goal has been to keep their main players healthy and in good shape.
The league leaders have been inconsistent lately and that’s normal when they don’t necessarily need wins. We saw plenty of surprises against teams from the bottom of the table, including a draw against the Samsung Lions yesterday.
The Dinos will use the situation to start one of their youngsters Shin Min-hyuk. He’s been shaky in his five games so far, posting a 5.84 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP. Still, the guy will face the struggling offense of the Tigers and his own batters are likely to deliver some support.
KIA Tigers Stats and Team News
Ever since the KIA Tigers lost any chance to qualify for the KBO players, they have struggled to win games. The offense is often absent and the pitchers rarely manage to contain the opposition nowadays.
The team has lost six of the last ten games as a result and I don’t have high expectations for Saturday’s clash against the Dinos either.
Im Ki-young is the projected starting pitcher and he has lost 10 of 19 games so far. It’s hard to rely on him too much and his stats of a 5.27 ERA and a 1.46 suggest that the Dinos will have plenty of chances to find runs.
Dinos vs. Tigers Pick
It’s hard to trust either team at this point of the KBO season, but the Dinos remain the stronger side than the Tigers. Getting -115 for the top team in the country is good enough for me, so I prefer to back NC in the last clash of the regular season.
NC Dinos to win-115