Best sportsbook promotions and odds boosts for Thursday: MLB, CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Olympics

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (37) pitches the ball against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum
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Matthew has been with Pickswise for a while now, covering a wide variety of sports. His main passions are college football and UFC, and those are the sports he has covered the most. Matthew uses a variety of methods to handicap games, including stats, trends, injuries, and situational factors. His goal is to consistently give out winners and will put in the research to try and achieve this.

We have put together a list of all of the day’s best odds boosts, which happen to be from DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and PointsBet Sportsbook today. We’ll discuss whether or not they are worth playing. Let’s dive in.

Athletics vs Angels: Each team to record at least 1 hit in the 1st inning – Boosted to +220 with DraftKings Sportsbook

A weekend series will kick off tonight as these AL West rivals go head-to-head. For this odds boost, we will need both teams to record a hit in the first inning and that looks to be a solid play. Especially because both starters have not been great this season. Frankie Montas has an ERA of 4.34 for the A’s and we know how bad Dylan Bundy can be for the Angels (6.69 ERA). Both lineups have some studs at the top, including Shohei Ohtani for Los Angeles. For that reason, this prop is worth a play. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

Blue Jays vs Red Sox: Over 2.5 strikeouts in the 1st inning – Boosted to +210 with DraftKings Sportsbook

For this prop, we will need a combined three strikeouts in the first inning. Toronto has Hyun-Jin Ryu on the mound, while Boston has Eduardo Rodriguez. Ryu does not have the greatest strikeout numbers (89 Ks in 110.0 innings), while Rodriguez has 113 Ks over 96.1 innings. Still, the top of both lineup have guys who have struck out 70+ times, therefore backing this prop looks to be worth a small play. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

Brewers to score 3+ runs in the first 3 innings – Boosted to +300 with DraftKings Sportsbook

The Brewers are heavily favored to beat the Pirates tonight and rightly so. The Pirates have been awful this season, while the Brewers’ offense looks to be improving by the game. Chad Kuhl has been better as of late, but still has an ERA of 4.38, so expecting some early runs for Milwaukee is warranted and worth a play. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

Fernando Tatis Jr. to record 2+ hits & Padres to win – Boosted to +300 with DraftKings Sportsbook

The Padres will host the Rockies tonight and are coming off a blowout loss to the Athletics. Fernando Tatis Jr. was 0-3 in this game, but facing Kyle Freeland should give him ample opportunity to bounce back. The Padres have Joe Musgrove on the mound too, who has been solid this season, therefore this appears to be worth a play. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

1+ total runs scored in the 1st inning of Padres vs Rockies – Boosted to +120 with FanDuel Sportsbook

Going back to the Padres vs Rockies game and we should probably expect early fireworks. It is more likely that the Padres get on the board in the first inning, but the Rockies could surprise with the top of their lineup, making this prop worth a small play. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

USA women’s soccer team to advance to the Olympic semi-finals – Boosted to +110 with FanDuel Sportsbook

The USA women’s soccer team have had to work a little harder than they may have wanted to, but they are in the quarter-finals in the Olympics. Playing Netherlands is not going to be an easy task, especially seeing what they did to their group. The USA failed to score against Sweden and Australia in the group stage, however we should still expect the best version of them in the knockout stages. Knowing how good the USA can be makes this worth a small play. Be sure to check out all our coverage for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Brittany Griner to score 15+ points and the USA to win –Boosted to +110 with PointsBet Sportsbook

The USA women’s basketball team beat Nigeria in their first game at the Olympics, but not by as much as most would have expected. Winning only 81-72 is a slight concern, but facing Japan in the second game should not be that tough. Brittany Griner scored 13 points in game one, but I would expect her to be more involved here. She should be able to control the paint, so backing this prop looks to be a solid play. Be sure to check out all our coverage for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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