Ben Shelton vs Brandon Nakashima prediction and odds: Houston Open 2024

Ben Shelton vs Brandon Nakashima prediction and odds: Houston Open 2024
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The quarter-finals of the 2024 Houston Open are ready to rumble. And I’ve got some tennis predictions today for you to follow ahead of the Shelton vs Nakashima match. Check out all of the details for this game below. 

Our favourite Ben Shelton vs Brandon Nakashima predictions

A battle of the youngsters is about to unfold in the 2024 Houston Open. 21-year-old Ben Shelton is taking on 22-year-old Nakashima in a match that should have big hitting and plenty of drama. As for the most suitable markets for you to consider for this match, I’ve listed them below.

Nakashima to win @ 10/11 (1.91)

Nakashima might be ranked much lower than Ben Shelton at 92 in the world. But his game is arguably better suited to the clay than Shelton’s, hence he had a commanding victory over Hijikata in the previous round. At the same time, he’s never faced Shelton before, so he won’t have any mental scars from previous losses.

Nakashima +1.5 games handicap @ 7/10 (1.70)

Since I feel that Nakashima will beat Ben Shelton here, it’s a logical play to cover the +1.5 games handicap market for him too. This way, both markets have a chance to come through. And if Nakashima plays like he has in the previous two matches, he has every shot of making the semis.

Ben Shelton vs Brandon Nakashima odds

According to the latest odds, Shelton has a 55.60% chance to win, while Nakashima has a 52.40% probability of winning.

Unseeded Nakashima looking to take out top seed in Houston

Let me share a preview for each individual before things unfold later this evening.

Ben Shelton preview

Everyone knows how talented Ben Shelton is, but still, his game is best suited to quick hard courts rather than clay. That’s not to say that he is a bad clay court player – far from it. It’s just that his style doesn’t necessarily mean that he will play his best tennis on this surface, which makes him vulnerable against a guy like Nakashima. 

Brandon Nakashima preview

If you look at Nakashima’s last two rounds, he’s dropped just 5 games in both matches. This included a commanding win over Hijikata – a player who took out the 5th seed, Eubanks, in round one. For me, this shows that Nakashima will be confident going into this match. And if he manages to deal with Shelton’s serve, he has every chance to beat him and reach the semi-finals.

Shelton vs Nakashima head to head

Although these guys are from the same country, not to mention their similarities in age, they’ve never faced one another in an ATP event. This is quite unusual, and it’s interesting that their first meeting will be on the clay courts at the Houston Open. Of course, one of them will hold a 1-0 lead over the other when the game is over.

Key match details

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  • Match Schedule – April 5th, 19:20 GMT
  • Venue – Houston, USA
  • Viewing Options – Sky Sports, Tennis TV

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