Table Tennis Odds & Pick for Moscow Liga Pro (Thursday, April 30): Andrey Kirilenko vs. Viktor Ivanov


TF-Images/Getty Images. Pictured: ackets are seen during the match between TSV 1909 Langstadt and TV Busenbach on February 1, 2020

The other day we had Alexander Frolov, today we have Andrey Kirilenko. I guess in Russia those names are like Will Smith and Erik Johnson.

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Andrey Kirilenko vs. Viktor Ivanov

  • Kirilenko: +126
  • Ivanov: -165
  • 5:30 p.m. ET

As good as Andrey Kirilenko was at basketball, that’s how bad he is at ping pong. All right, it’s probably not the AK47 whose shot-blocking abilities you learned to love. I’m not seeing anything on his Wikipedia page about a table tennis career so it’s probably another guy.

Anyway, this Kirilenko is quite retched at his sport of choice. In 32 games he’s played in the Liga, he is just 6-26. One could argue that he’s gotten worse as of late, too, sporting just a 2-15 record since April 27th.

Meanwhile, Ivanov is legit. Too legit. Too legit to quit.

With a 30-20 record over his past 50 matches, Ivanov is no doubt an above average player.

From what I’ve gathered, the odds for these matches heavily weigh head-to-head results. However, even if you look at those numbers compared to Ivanov’s implied probability, you’d be getting a good edge

  • Ivanov’s H2H win%: 71.4% (5-2)
  • Ivanov’s IP: 62.3%

Considering Ivanov has a 60% win rate overall compared to the sub-20% ugliness that Kirilneko is boasting, you can see why I like Ivanov in this match.

I think it’d be fair to peg Ivanov in the -200 range or even a tad higher, and quite frankly, I can’t see why anyone would take AK47 at just +126.

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