The League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) has rolled into the final weekend of its spring split. The final three days will see the top six teams battle it out for playoffs positions with every team needing to win to better their position on the table. Below you will find ESB’s preview and best bets for the series between SANDBOX Gaming vs Hanwha Life Esports and Gen.G vs Dplus KIA, with odds courtesy of the best esports betting sites.
SANDBOX GAMING vs HANWHA LIFE ESPORTS LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS
|Best Odds:||SG +137 at BetOnline | HLE -188.68 at BetOnline|
|When:||March 18, 2023 | 15:00 KST|
|Watch Live:||Lolesports, Twitch|
The first series on Saturday will see the sixth-placed SANBOX Gaming clash with fifth-placed Hanwha Life Esports, with the winner of this series taking fifth place on the table and the loser finishing in sixth place. The last time these two teams met SANDBOX took the series 2-1 in the opening week of the spring split.
The second half of the LCK Spring split for 2023 hasn’t been great for SANDBOX Gaming as they have been beaten in four of their last seven series, with those defeats coming at the hands of T1, Kwangdong Freecs, KT Rolster, Gen.G. With SANDBOX dropping from third to sixth in the final four weeks of the split, the form slump could not have come at a worse time. This series against Hanwha Life Esports will be the battle between the two teams who come into the playoffs with the worst form, as HLE have lost their last four series.
As we mentioned above, Hanwha Life Esports come into this series looking for their first win in five matches, after losing to Dplus KIA, KT Rolster, T1 and Gen.G in consecutive series. Although HLE can’t be knocked out of the playoffs, there is very little reason to think that even if they win this series, that they will be a serious threat in the playoffs. HLE are the only team to defeat T1, but when you look at how dominant T1 has been since and how poor HLE have been, it looks as though T1 had an off day.
We were surprised to see SANDBOX Gaming open as the outsiders with BetOnline in this series, so we are more than happy to back the outsiders to take out their final series of the regular season.
SANDBOX Gaming to win
GEN.G vs DPLUS KIA LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS
|Best Odds:||GEN.G +125 at BetOnline | DPLUS -175.44 at BetOnline|
|When:||March 18, 2023 | 17:30 KST|
|Watch Live:||Lolesports, Twitch|
With the third-placed Gen.G taking on second-placed Dplus KIA, the second series on Saturday sets up to be the biggest and most exciting series on the final weekend of the LCK Spring split. Dplus has a record of 12-4 with a map difference of +16, Gen.G has a record of 11-5 with a map difference of +13, so Gen.G will need a 2-0 victory to jump Dplus and take second spot on map difference. However, if KT Rolster wins their last two series, which they are expected to do, they could take second place on their own with a record of 13-5, superior to both of these teams.
The last time these two Korean powerhouses met, Gen.G dominated and took out the series 2-0, as they were in the midst of a six-game win streak. Gen.G have won three of their last four series, with their only loss coming at the hands of Kwangdong Freecs, where they went down in a very tight three map series. This series is a must-win for Gen.G, as they need to win to put themselves in the conversation for second position on the table, which would see them avoid T1 in the second week of the playoffs.
Dplus KIA have found form at the right time of the split, recording six wins in their last seven series, with their only defeat coming to T1 in their most recent series on Wednesday. Although, Dplus have played the bottom four teams and won against all of them, winning form is good form. With a 2-0 win over Gen.G in this series, Dplus will take second place and KT Rolster won’t be able to overtake them, even if they win both of their remaining series 2-0.
This series should be a cracking clash between two juggernauts of the LCK, therefore, we will be backing the overs in the total maps market.
Over 2.5 maps