Best sportsbook promotions and odds boosts for Wednesday, May 19, for the NBA Play-in Tournament and PGA Championship
The NBA Play-in Tournament got started yesterday with a couple of games out in the Eastern Conference, and now the festivities continue on this red-hot Wednesday of action. With basketball and hockey postseason action going on, a mega baseball slate, and the PGA Championship getting underway tomorrow, 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.
Grizzlies and Lakers both to win (was +143, now +170), DraftKings Sportsbook
This offer focuses on the day’s two NBA Play-in Tournament games, both out of the Western Conference. Our game previews for tonight’s action highlight how our expert is all over Memphis in their game against San Antonio, and for good reason. The Spurs finished the season 2-8 and have stumbled their way into the Play-in Tournament. It’s hard to see them keeping pace with the Grizzlies. We’ve actually gone with the Warriors to cover against the Lakers in our other preview, but an L.A. win is still likely. Steph Curry can’t do it all for the Warriors and the Lakers will likely have too much for Golden State to handle.
Be sure to check out our full game previews for San Antonio Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies and Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Lakers. You can also read the rest of our NBA picks and predictions, as well as our prop bets, parlays, and NBA Best Bets.
Tottenham and Arsenal both to win (was +133, now +150), DraftKings Sportsbook
Both of these soccer teams from North London get a boost here. Tottenham is fighting to secure European soccer next season and should be able to edge Aston Villa in this one, especially when considering that this will be the first time in over a year that they will be playing a game in front of thousands of their own fans. Spurs also beat Villa not too long ago. Arsenal meanwhile has had their struggles, but earned a huge win over Chelsea last week and Mikel Arteta’s team should be motivated to finish the season as strongly as possible. At plus-money, I like the look of this boost.
Rory McIlroy to win the PGA Championship (was +1100, now +1250), DraftKings Sportsbook
The second golf major of the year tees off early on Thursday, so Wednesday is the day to make sure your bets are made. Rory McIlroy finally showed signs of returning to his best with victory in the Wells Fargo Championship two weeks ago, and now looks to follow that up in the PGA Championship. Personally, I think there are still too many question marks surrounding his game to bet him at these odds, but anyone eager to roar with Rory should take advantage of this boost.
— The McIlroy Legion (@RoryLegion_GC) May 17, 2021
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Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth all to make the cut (was -125, now +160), FanDuel Sportsbook
I like this odds boost a lot, especially when considering that going from -125 to +160 is a sizeable jump. While I don’t think McIlroy has enough to win the PGA Championship, I’m expecting a bold showing and he should be able to make the cut. Jordan Spieth’s return as one of golf’s best makes him a hot contender to win the major, and I’ll be surprised if he didn’t make the cut. Similarly, Thomas has been in great form and should also be in the mix. All three of these players have had great year’s so far, and should be able to carry on that momentum and at least make the cut.
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Any player to win their first Major at the PGA Championship (was +120, now +135), PointsBet
This is an interesting offer from PointsBet. As our PGA Championship preview indicates, we’re sweet on Viktor Hovland and Will Zalatoris to make a push this week, both of whom would qualify for this bet. In fact, there are plenty of solid golfers with great chances of contending this week who are on the hunt for their first major. Plus, by taking this odds boost, you’ve got plenty of runners in the race apart from just one. I like this a lot.
Be sure to check out our full PGA Championship preview, where we’ve got picks for the winner as well as an interesting prop bet.
Score $2 in free bets for every Steph Curry three-pointer, BetMGM
This isn’t an odds boost, but is an intriguing promotion from BetMGM. All you have to do is opt in and bet $25 or more on the Warriors’ game against the Lakers, and then you’ll get $2 in free bets for every three-pointer that Curry sinks. Considering how on fire he has been from down town and that he just dropped nine on the Grizzlies on Sunday, this looks worth cashing in on, especially if you’re planning to have a bet on the Golden State vs. Los Angeles game anyway.