Final round of the Pinnacle Cup group stage will be played today and tomorrow.
Round 9 is bringing us the last 5 series that will determine the top 6 teams for the playoffs. Here are my picks and predictions for Monday.
Over 2.5 @ 1.92
This could be a very close series. Neither of those teams is in somehow good form. Brame is on the 5 match losing streak, while Hellbear Smashers are on a 4 match losing streak where they didn’t win a single map. Brame are slight favourites in this one, but this can go either way. 55-45 in favour of Brame, but if Hellbear Smashers show their A game, they can take it easily. In their last 2 series Brame did beat Hellbear Smashers, both matches with a close 2-1 result. 3 maps here are highly possible.
Team Spirit -1.5 @ 1.55
Team Spirit already cemented 1st place in the rankings. With 7 wins and 1 loss they are the most dominant team so far in the Pinnacle Cup. On the other side, PuckChamp are still fighting for the top 6 placement. With a 3-5 score they still have a chance for the playoffs. However, they are depending on other teams too, like Brame and Hellbear Smashers. In this series, Spirit should just be on another level, as their recent match went to Spirit way, 2-0 easily. This time, Spirit don’t need to risk it all, they can play freely with pressure since they secured top place already. That might be a problem, and they might take this series slightly. We will see, but overall Spirit should win this for sure.
Chicken Fighters +1.5 @ 1.45
Since ATF joined Chicken Fighters on position 3, I have a feeling they are playing much better. With 5 wins and 3 losses they are currently holding 4th place in the rankings. However, if Chicken Fighters defeat HellRaisers today, it will be interesting to see standings afterwards. HellRaisers is mostly the most pleasant surprise of this cup. Holding 2nd place with 6 wins and 2 losses, they are surely the team that improved the most. They are big favourites here, but somehow I have a feeling that Chicken Fighters can pull off a map here for sure. HellRaisers ML is a good bet here too, but I fancy Chicken Fighters +1.5 handicap slightly more, even though odds are slightly lower in this case.