Best sportsbook promotions and odds boosts for Tuesday: NBA Playoffs and NHL Playoffs

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We have put together a list of all of the day’s best odds boosts, which are from PointsBet Sportsbook. We will discuss whether or not they are worth playing. Let’s dive in.

As a side note, the odds boosts today are a little different because they include series winners for the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs and a Western Conference winner from the NBA playoffs. These are limited time odds boosts with a few of these series starting on Tuesday night, so they must be discussed today.

Colorado Avalanche to win the series in 5 games vs the St. Louis Blues (series starts 5/17) – Boosted from +310 to +355 with PointsBet Sportsbook

This odds boost focuses on the Colorado Avalanche and we will need them to beat the St. Louis Blues in 5 games. The Avs dismantled the Nashville Predators in round 1, sweeping them in 4 games. They put on a show offensively, averaging 5.25 goals over 4 games, which included 2 games in which they scored 7. Defensively, they were just as dominant, allowing an average of 2.25 goals, while never allowing more than 3 goals in a game.

They are led by an all-star lineup and have an absurd amount of players who can create scoring opportunities or score goals. Cale Makar was the standout in the series against the Predators, totaling 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists). Nathan MacKinnon, who has been their best player all season, contributed 6 points (5 goals, 1 assists), and Gabriel Landeskog also contributed 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists). That is not even mentioning Mikko Rantanen, who poured in 5 points (5 assists).

Despite the success the Avs have had, it is more than fair to say that the Blues are going to play them tough. St. Louis took down the Minnesota Wild in 6 games, but with a much more balanced team from top to bottom, Colorado has to be the play for this series. Our experts like the Avalanche to survive this series, but not before the Blues take a game or two. However, because Colorado has proven to be lethal on the offensive end, backing them in 5 games is worth a shot.

Be sure to check out our full series preview for the Colorado Avalanche vs the St. Louis Blues.

New York Rangers to win the series in 6 games vs the Carolina Hurricanes (series starts 5/18) – Boosted from +600 to +750 with PointsBet Sportsbook

For this odds boost, we will need the New York Rangers to beat the Carolina Hurricanes in 6 games. The Rangers managed to comeback from a 3-1 series deficit against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Hurricanes are going to be a much tougher opponent. Especially in Carolina, where the Canes are averaging 4.5 goals so far in the playoffs. New York would have to win at least one game on the road for this odds boost to even have a chance, and I do not see that happening.

That is not to say they cannot win a game on the road, but it will be quite the challenge. The Rangers had 2 players record 10 or more points in the series against the Penguins (Mika Zibanejad and Adam Fox), and another 3 players record at least 7 points (Artemi Panarin, Andrew Copp, and Chris Kreider). Their goalie, Igor Shesterkin had some struggles against the Penguins, posting a 3.66 GA/G, which is not going to cut it against a team like the Hurricanes.

Our experts like Carolina in this series, so as good as the odds are for this boost, avoiding it is likely the best option.

Be sure to check out our full series preview for the Carolina Hurricanes vs the New York Rangers.

Golden State Warriors to win the series in 5 games vs the Dallas Mavericks (series starts 5/18) – Boosted from +300 to +350 with PointsBet Sportsbook

This odds boost will need the Golden State Warriors to beat the Dallas Mavericks in 5 games. Dallas proved they are legit after running the Phoenix Suns out of their own building in Game 7 this past Sunday. The problem with that is, did they use all their energy to advance just to play a Warriors team that looks to be just as good as the Suns?

There is also the fact that the Warriors have been in this spot before while it is new territory for Luka Doncic. With the Suns losing, the Warriors also now have home-court advantage, with which they have yet to lose this postseason (6 games). They also have won at least 1 road game in both series so far, while the Mavericks are not unbeatable at home. Dallas is surely going to put up a fight, but the more experienced Warriors should prevail in the end. Doncic may run out of gas at some point, and he may not have the same type of performance every night that he did against Suns when playing the Warriors.

Our experts like the Warriors to win in 6 games, which is a little better odds than this boost, but this can be used as more of a hedge opportunity in case Dallas runs out of gas and Golden State cruises to the finals.

Be sure to check out our full series preview for the Dallas Mavericks vs the Golden State Warriors.

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