Rakuten Monkeys vs. Uni Lions - 5/24/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rakuten Monkeys vs. Uni Lions - 5/24/20 CPBL Baseball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Rakuten Monkeys (16-6) Uni Lions (10-16)

May 24th - 5:05 AM EST

Rakuten Monkeys (-300) Uni Lions (+220)

TV: LIVENow

The Rakuten Monkeys (16-6) and the Uni Lions (10-16) will meet on Sunday, May 24th for a 1st Stage regular-season matchup in the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL). This three-game series has shrunk to a one-game battle, who will come out victorious? Click Here To Bet This Game

After five consecutive postponements due to rain in all CPBL contests, I did a little research to see what the record could be. The 1909 Philadelphia Phillies went through 10 straight rain postponements, 10! I figured the CPBL was close, if not, right on the money for the record, but I guess we have some work to do. 

The Rakuten Monkeys are the team that probably benefits the most from this long break in the action. They endured a loss to the Fubon Guardians 9-7 on Sunday, the last game they have played. Rakuten was able to rest for six days now, and they already have the league's best record. If each of the four teams in the league come out rusty on Sunday, Rakuten will be the least affected by it. Rakuten also gets to the play the last-place Uni Lions, which may seem like a luxury in itself, but Uni has proven to give Rakuten fits this season. 

The Uni Lions have more wins against Rakuten than any other team in the league so far (3). Uni knows how to grab the upset victory, but will they be in the same mindset as before when they take on the Monkeys on Sunday? I'd have to think not, especially after their 19-9 demoralizing loss to the Chinatrust Brothers last Sunday. Uni has now hit rock bottom in the CPBL, but the only way from here is up. 

The betting lines show Rakuten as the heavy favorite at -300 odds on the Win-Line. Uni is the major underdog with a +220 price respectively. The total in this one is set at 12.5, two runs more than the other CPBL game between the Fubon Guardians and Chinatrust Brothers. I expect Rakuten to earn the victory in this game, but the real question is, by how much? I would take Rakuten to cover a -2.0 or -2.5 spread if you can find it. If not, take the Monkeys -1.5 at -160. Click Here To Bet This Game

Ronald’s Pick Rakuten -1.5 (-160)

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.