The Hunter’s Week Ahead – 12 Nov
Tips, Tricks, Picks and Odds.
We’re getting close to the end of the year – but it seems as though the sporting calendar has only just begun.
As December marches ever closer, it can be good to reflect on what a year it’s been in the sporting world. But in saying that, it can be just as good to look forward. And one need not look further than the next three days to realise that we’re still very much in the thick of it. Luckily, I’ve trawled the schedules to bring you the best of the best in this week of sports.
As always in this column, I’ll explore what Australians can look forward to in this week of sports – focusing on a different sport for each day – and provide the tips that I feel most confident in based on my research, analysis and expert intuition.
Tuesday – NFL
On Tuesday we’ll be served an absolute treat of a game in the NFL, as a team that has everything going right, battle another team (and QB) that is in the exact same boat.
San Fransisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks
With a relatively decent 7-2 start to the season, the Seahawks travel to San Francisco with the weight of the league on their shoulders. Everyone in the NFL is hoping, praying, that someone will be able to stop the juggernaut that is the undefeated 49ers, and with the way Russell Wilson has been playing, this could be the best chance anyone gets. Despite two losses to their name, Wilson and the rest of his Seattle offence have been nothing short of exceptional this season, going miles to justify his then-record-setting price tag and putting him in serious contention for MVP (if only Lamar wasn’t so damn good).
Of course, if the Seahawks were to get a result against the league’s last undefeated team, it would do wonders for Wilson’s MVP hopes. But that means beating Garoppolo, the 49ers defence, and the best coaching staff in the league.
No easy task. And that’s putting it lightly.
I think this will be one of the games of the season, it’s starting to feel like that epic Chiefs/Rams game from last year. It’ll come down to who is the more clutch team, and for that I have to side with the 49ers – sorry Russell.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: Seahawks to Win
Wednesday – ATP Finals
The culmination of another epic year of tennis, the ATP finals will see the absolute finest face off for one last tournament, as they all fight to end 2019 with the best ranking possible. Without the traditions and archaic nature of the four majors, the ATP finals is an upbeat and refreshing round-robin tournament, and some of these games are going to be absolute thrillers.
Novak Djokovic v Dominic Thiem
One such game is this absolutely stellar matchup between one of the old-guard big three who’s dominated and transformed the sport since before I was born, and one of the best young prospects in the game right now.
The head to head record between these two is a sight to behold, with Djokovic holding a 7-3 record, but Thiem having knocked him out of the last two Roland-Garros. Thiem seems to always be able to perform against Novak in big moments, and I’m excited to see what he can produce here.
Something is telling me to back Thiem in this one. The ATP Finals always seem to favour the young newcomers, and I think the result will go Dominic’s way – and perhaps signal a changing of the guard in the tennis world.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: Thiem to Win
Thursday – NBA
This is a story of top vs bottom, but one that not many would have predicted to be so at the start of the season.
LA Lakers v Golden State Warriors
Coming into this year, GSW looked decent – if not exceptional – acquiring D-Russ, and with Steph looking like he’d carry the team. Next thing, everyone is injured and the Warriors are the bottom team in the NBA. This game really isn’t a question of whether the Lakers will beat GSW, but more so by how much.
With that being said, Golden State’s supplementary starters have outperformed expectations, even pushing a massive upset against Portland last week. And I think this game will be a lot closer than we think. Obviously the GSW’s two-way call ups are no match for Lebron and AD, but I think they might just make it a close one.
I’m going to go out on a limb and give it to GSW with the points.
The Hunter’s Hot Tip: GSW+11.5