LCS esports betting tips for January 16
by Jur Dava in
eSport Betting Predictions

ESB’s League of Legends betting tips and predictions for Friday focus on four LoL Championship Series (LCS) fixtures. Here are the latest odds and best bets for Dignitas vs FlyQuest, Golden Guardians vs Team Liquid, TSM vs Evil Geniuses, and Immortals vs 100 Thieves.


DIGNITAS vs FLYQUEST LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

LoL Betting Odds: DIG +117 at BetOnline | FLY -156.25 at BetOnline
When: February 19, 2021 at 16:00 PST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch


Dignitas sit third in the LCS Spring standings with a 4-2 record, whereas FlyQuest sit in seventh place with only two wins from six outings. That said, FlyQuest’s losses have come against Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, 100 Thieves and Cloud9, who are some of the strongest teams in the region.

Taking into consideration FlyQuest’s tough schedule, we should acknowledge that they have performed well even when faced with strong opposition. On the other side, Dignitas’ record is also a bit misleading since their only notable win so far came against Evil Geniuses, and even that was a massive fluke.

Dignitas’ win against EG has inflated the LoL betting odds on FlyQuest, who are individually stronger and also relatively error-free. At these odds, we are taking FlyQuest every day of the week.

FlyQuest to win

-156.25
at
BetOnline

GOLDEN GUARDIANS vs TEAM LIQUID LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

LoL Betting Odds: GG +512 at BetOnline | TL -1000 at BetOnline
When: February 19, 2021 at 17:00 PST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch


Team Liquid’s passive approach to their games – where they almost completely ignore kills and instead focus on macro play – looks good on paper, but it’s very easy to counter that with early aggression. 100 Thieves proved just how effective that is last week when they bested Liquid with a gold lead of more than 6k and thus drew out a ‘how to defeat Liquid’ blueprint for all other LCS teams to see.

We don’t expect Golden Guardians to exploit that, due to their lack of individual quality, but this game does not scream ‘blowout’ as much as a slow-paced, low-kill, macro-oriented win for Liquid. With that in mind, we have to side with the underdogs to keep it within nine kills.

Golden Guardians +9.5 kills

-106.38
at
BetOnline

TSM vs EVIL GENUISES LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

LoL Betting Odds: TSM -112.36 at BetOnline | EG -119.05 at BetOnline
When: February 19, 2021 at 18:00 PST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch


Normally, we avoid betting on games that involve volatile teams, but there is no way we are passing on these odds. TSM got off to a disastrous start this season, but it’s impossible to deny that they have looked exponentially better of late.

It’s unclear what changed, but the seven-time LCS champions were very clean in their wins against Golden Guardians, Team Liquid and Immortals last week, which leads us to believe they have finally fixed their issues and are now set to contest the title. Although it’s unwise to overreact to a small sample of games, we have to take into account that TSM will now face Evil Geniuses, whose overly volatile and aggressive gameplay has already seen them punished in losses to Dignitas and Immortals.

It remains to be seen whether TSM will remain stable for long, but we know for sure that EG can lose against any team in the league.

TSM to win

-112.36
at
BetOnline

IMMORTALS vs 100 THIEVES LoL BETTING & MATCH DETAILS

LoL Betting Odds: IMT +323 at BetOnline | 100T -500 at BetOnline
When: February 19, 2021 at 19:00 PST
Watch Live: Lolesports, Twitch


Immortals’ only two wins of the season have come against Team Liquid and Evil Geniuses, which only goes to show this team is as inconsistent as it gets. That is not to say Immortals lack individual talent, but they shouldn’t be winning games like that just as much as they shouldn’t be losing against Golden Guardians and Dignitas.

After two weeks of play, 100 Thieves remain at the top of the league with a 5-1 record, which is impressive as their only loss so far came against Cloud9. Like Evil Geniuses, 100 Thieves are an aggressive team, but their aggression is calculated and ultimately far more effective.

Rarely do we recommend a bet on teams to cover large kill handicaps, but for this match we have to take 100T to win with at least nine kills up.

100 Thieves

-111.11
at
BetOnline
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