VALORANT by Charlie Cater January 13, 2021 513

VALORANT Betting Tips – Wednesday

The Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Championship – Winter Championship kick starts this evening with 16 teams entering the competition across four groups. Some of the best teams from North America will be taking part in the 2021 Winter Championship with a $25,000 prize pool on offer for the winners.

We take a closer look at some of the contests taking place in group B this week to see who will make a strong start in this year’s competition.

Match: Sentinels vs Spacestation Gaming

Date: Thursday, January 13 @ 20:00 (UTC)

Sentinels are the overwhelming favorites to win the opening VALORANT NSG group B match against Spacestation Gaming.

Sentinels finished first in A-Tier of the JBL Quantum Cup back in December. The Los Angeles based team are a force to be reckoned on current form. They are top of the VALORANT team rankings in the North American section and are on a four-match winning streak, which led them to Quantum Cup success. Sentinels lost just one Quantum Cup clash against Gen G Gaming.

Sentinels have a strong lineup of ShahZaM, SicK, sinatraa, zombs, and the latest addition dapr, who joined the outfit in June 2020. Last year, this team led Sentinels to five first-place finishes, and they could go all the way in this year’s NSG Winter Championships.

Sitting 247 places below Sentinels in the North America VALORANT rankings is SSG. The Utah team have lost two of their last five matches and are the big underdogs heading into their opening NSG group B contest.

SSG did experience some success in 2020, finishing first in the NSG x Renegades Invitational: Qualifier #1, C-Tier in October. But Sentinels will provide a more challenging competition in this match.

PICK: Sentinels, 1.09 @ Betonline

Match: NRG eSports vs Moon Racoons

Date: Thursday, January 13 @ 20:00 (UTC)

In a more closely contested match, Moon Racoons take on NRG esports in the second game in group B. Only five places separate these two teams in the VALORANT North American rankings. With both teams in similar form heading into this battle, they will feel equally confident of securing a win.

NRG is in slightly better form than Moon Racoons, winning four of their last five matches. They did, however, lose their encounter to BBG in the quarter-finals of the NSG x Complexity Invitational last weekend, ending a previous four-match winning streak.

Moon Racoons’ form is inconsistent, and the team has lost three of their last five matches, including a loss to TSM in November that eliminated them from the First Strike North America play-offs.

Moon Racoons will be hoping a recent change in personnel pays off in the NSG tournament. The team added Gannon Nelson, Raptor Z, as a coach in September, and four new players joined later in the month.

As NRG is in better recent form, they should record an opening match victory in this group B contest. But they will need to be at their best if Moon Racoons can find their feet and recover from their inconsistent streak.

PICK: NRG, 1,87

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