Best sportsbook promotions and odds boosts for Tuesday, May 18, as the NBA Play-in Tournament gets underway
We’ve got a tremendous Tuesday of sports on deck with the NBA and NHL postseasons getting underway, as well as a mega 15-game baseball slate to look forward to. As a result, there are plenty of promotions and boosts on offer from sportsbooks. But which ones should you look to capitalize on?
We’ve put together a list of all of the day’s best boosts from DraftKings Sportsbook, FanDuel Sportsbook, and PointsBet, and whether they are worth playing. Let’s dive in.
Wizards and Pacers both to win (was +237, now +255), DraftKings Sportsbook
This offer focuses on the day’s two NBA Play-in Tournament games, and sees a slight odds boost from +237 up to +255. As you can see in our game previews for tonight’s action, our experts have picked both Washington and Indiana to cover the spread, so this offer certainly gets the Pickswise seal of approval. The Celtics have dropped off significantly since Jaylen Brown got injured, and it’s hard to see how they cope against triple-double machine Russell Westbrook and the Wizards. Meanwhile, the Hornets have lost their last five and that lack of momentum could cost them when they head to Indiana.
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LaMelo Ball to score 20+ points and Hornets to win (was +484, now +560), DraftKings Sportsbook
As noted above, the Hornets are entering the play-in tournament in no form at all and could struggle to keep pace with Indiana. If they are going to win, they’re going to need to rely on a big performance from rookie LaMelo Ball, and that correlation could give this odds boost some value. However, seeing as Ball hasn’t reached 20 points in any of his last four games and has done so in just three of his last 10, it’s hard to see that happening.
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Pacers and Celtics both to win (was +200, now +230), FanDuel Sportsbook
This offer from FanDuel Sportsbook is similar to the one above, but with the Wizards swapped out for the Celtics. As mentioned, our experts are siding with the Wizards and it’s hard not to when you consider they went 17-6 in their final 23 games, while the Celtics were a measly 5-10 in their last 15. It’s also worth noting that only one of those five wins came against a team that finished over .500. Celtics fans might want to cash in on these boosted odds, but I’m steering clear.
Be sure to check out our full game previews for Charlotte Hornets vs. Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics. You can also read the rest of our NBA picks and predictions, as well as our prop bets, parlays, and NBA Best Bets.
Manchester United and Chelsea both to win (was +125, now +150), FanDuel Sportsbook
A soccer boost for you here featuring two of the EPL’s top teams, Manchester United and Chelsea. The Red Devils are at home to Fulham and despite losing their last two should have little trouble beating the Cottagers. Chelsea hosts Leicester in a rematch from Saturday’s FA Cup final. Chelsea lost that game, but will no doubt be motivated to secure some revenge against a Leicester team that could be caught slipping after that emotional win. If you like Chelsea to win, then adding in a United victory and an extra boost looks a good way to go.
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Chelsea to beat Leicester City (was -140, now -120), PointsBet
As noted above, Chelsea will be looking for revenge against Leicester in this game, but that isn’t all that will be on their mind. Both teams are still battling it out to finish in the top four of the EPL and secure a spot in the prestigious Champions League next season. With Liverpool hot on their trail, both teams need to win. But it is Chelsea who could have the edge, with home-field advantage and experience in securing a win in these types of games. Thomas Tuchel’s team has been rigid in defense and it’s difficult to see Leicester getting the better of them twice in four days.Last updated: Tue 18th May 2021