Best sportsbook promotions and odds boosts for Thursday: MLB, NFL preseason and the Olympics

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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, PointsBet Sportsbook and William Hill Sportsbook today. We’ll discuss whether or not they are worth playing. Let’s dive in.

Kansas City Royals vs Chicago White Sox: Over 1.5 home runs in the first 3 innings – Boosted to +225 with DraftKings Sportsbook

This odds boost will be looking for at least 2 home runs over the first 3 innings. The starting pitcher for the Royals will be Daniel Lynch, who has a ERA of 6.96. Dallas Keuchel has a ERA of 4.51 for the White Sox, so there is the potential here for some early fireworks. We saw this prop cash yesterday, so with the struggles these pitchers have had, this might be worth a small play. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

Atlanta Braves vs St. Louis Cardinals: Over 2.5 hits in the 1st inning – Boosted to +185 with DraftKings Sportsbook

The Braves are back to .500 and will be looking to have a winning record for the first time this entire season. They will have a great opportunity to do just that, as they will be facing Wade LeBlanc. The top of the Braves lineup has been hitting the ball very well recently, while the Cardinals also have some great options at the top of their lineup. With two rather shaky starters tonight, this looks to be worth a small play. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to record 2+ hits & Blue Jays to win – Boosted to +330 with DraftKings Sportsbook

Tonight we will be looking for another Toronto win and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will need to record 2 hits. He is 3 for 15 in the current series, but will be facing Triston McKenzie tonight. McKenzie has a ERA of 6.11, so this might be the perfect opportunity for Guerrero Jr to have another big game. Considering we already like the Blue Jays to win, this looks to be worth a small play. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

San Francisco Giants & Houston Astros both to win – Boosted to +170 with FanDuel Sportsbook

We’re looking for a two-leg parlay here as we will need the Giants and the Astros to both win. Our experts like the Astros to easily beat the Twins, but the Giants could have some issues with the Diamondbacks. We like the Diamondbacks to cover the run line, but a Giants win still seems likely. For that reason, this looks to be worth a small play. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

Brittney Griner 15+ points and the USA to win – Boosted to +250 with PointsBet Sportsbook

The USA women will be looking to advance to the gold medal game as they take on Serbia on Friday morning. This odds boost will need Brittney Griner to score 15 points and for the USA to win. A USA win seems all but academic, but Griner to score 15+ might be a little more tricky. Griner is averaging 13.5 points and has scored 15 points in 2 of the 4 games at the Olympics. Team USA is still going to need Griner’s size if they are going to win this game, so backing this prop looks to be worth a play. Be sure to check out all our coverage for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Dallas Cowboys to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers – Boosted to +150 with William Hill Sportsbook

The NFL preseason will kick off tonight and we will get our first look at the Cowboys and Steelers. With most starters not expected to play, it will be up to the backups to bring home a win. Dallas drafted plenty of defensive players in the draft this season, but that is likely to lead to some mistakes tonight. The players will be adjusting to the new defensive scheme, therefore our experts like Pittsburgh in this game. For that reason, this may be an odds boost best to avoid. Be sure to check out our full game preview for this matchup.

San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals to both win – Boosted to +325 with William Hill Sportsbook

Here we’re looking for a mid-afternoon parlay as the Giants will play the Diamondbacks and the Nationals will play the Phillies. As mentioned in an odds boost earlier, our experts like the Diamondbacks to cover the run line against the Giants. That does not mean San Francisco will not win this game as they are just the better team. As for the Nationals, we are actually looking to fade Aaron Nola as he has not been himself this season. Even though the Nationals lineup is depleted, backing this odds boost still seems to be worth a shot. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

Chicago White Sox, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals to all win – Boosted to +375 with William Hill Sportsbook

A three-team parlay is what we need here and right away, this looks like a parlay that we will need to avoid. Our experts do like both the Astros and White Sox on the run line, but we would lean to the Braves. The Cardinals have a very questionable starter on the mound, so again, this looks to be an odds boost worth staying away from. Be sure to check out all our MLB picks for today’s action.

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