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Esports Betting Tips for Thursday, May 14th – Today’s Picks and Predictions for CS:GO and Dota 2

| May 14, 2020 1:10 am PDT
Best Esports Bets for Thursday, May 14, 2020

It’s time for another day full of exciting esports events. The ESL One Road to Rio is still on, while the OGA PIT 2020 has just started and these two competitions are the main focus of my esports betting tips for today.

As always, I went through the betting odds for CS:GO and Dota 2 to find the best esports bets available and you can find them here. All picks come with my reasoning and recommended betting odds, so it’s the full package.

NiP (-1.5) vs. Vitality

  • Game: CS:GO
  • Tournament: ESL One Road to Rio, EU
  • Starting time: 7:30 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: +196
  • Where to bet: SportsBetting.ag

Let’s begin my esports betting tips for today with a CS:GO match from the ESL One Road to Rio. Ninjas in Pyjamas already beat Vitality earlier in the competition and almost snatched their map pick as well. I believe that NiP has improved slightly since, while Vitality has struggled for consistency.

The only player from the French squad that has performed on a regular basis is ZywOo, the other guys are often below par. That would hurt Vitality against a side like NiP and I won’t be surprised to see a clean sweep today.

The price of +196 is enormous and I believe it’s among the best esports bets available on Thursday.

Virtus.pro vs. NiP Over 2.5

  • Game: Dota 2
  • Tournament: OGA Dota PIT 2020 Online, EU and CIS
  • Starting time: 8:00 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: +117
  • Where to bet: 10Bet

The Dota 2 division of NiP certainly should have a much tougher time than the CS:GO squad. The team faces Virtus.pro in the OGA PIT 2020 and the Russian are expected to win this one.

Based on what I saw yesterday, I’m not so sure that will happen as easily as many people think. NiP had an excellent match and beat Liquid, while Virtus.pro was destroyed by Team Secret. There’s no shame in that right now, but I believe that the squad is not at its best at the moment.

NiP should be able to hold on their own and I believe that we might see three games here before a winner is determined. The price of +117 certainly is tempting, so I decided to add this one to my selection of esports betting picks for today.

FATE (+3.5) vs. Movistar Riders

  • Game: CS:GO
  • Tournament: ESEA Premium Division Season 34, EU
  • Starting time: 10:00 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: -112
  • Where to bet: BetOnline

I’m not sure what’s wrong with Movistar Riders but the team was horrible yesterday at BLAST RISING and got destroyed twice. I believe that the squad gave everything in the ESL One Road to Rio and is now depleted.

We could see another below-par performance in the ESEA Premium Division on Thursday if I’m correct. FATE is not the strongest opponent possible, but the team still has the potential to make the match close and keep it competitive.

It’s in a best-of-one format and the +3.5 rounds handicap for the underdog looks like one of the more sensible esports betting tips for today at the price of -112.

More Esports Betting Tips for Thursday, May 14th 

  • Team Liquid vs. Team Spirit over 2.5; +116
  • G2 Esports vs. Team Heretics over 2.5; +103
  • Alliance (-1.5) vs. Vikin.gg; +125

Before I reveal my arguments for the last three of the best esports bets for today, let me just remind you to try and find higher prices if you decided to follow. The odds might have moved by the time you’re reading this, so it’s worth a shot and the following bookmakers could deliver.

Let’s return to my esports betting picks and another match from the OGA PIT 2020. Team Liquid entered the competition with some momentum from the Pushka League, but it’s all gone now after a defeat versus NiP yesterday.

That should open the door to Team Spirit that has been tough to beat in the past couple of months. The Russians rarely prevail over the leading sides, but they often take them to game three. That’s what I expect today too and the price of +116 is more than enough to give it a try.

Another esports match that could easily go the distance is the CS:GO knockout between G2 Esports and Heretics. The underdog has managed to reach this point by exploiting the weaknesses of every opponent and that might be enough to put G2 under a lot of pressure.

I’m not sure if it could lead to a complete surprise but reaching a third map makes a lot of sense and the price of +103 is excellent.

And finally, I have another match from the OGA Dota PIT 2020. I expected more from Vikin.gg yesterday and the team didn’t perform well against FlyToMoon. The next opponent is even tougher and the Romanians will struggle even more, so a clean sweep in favor of Alliance my pick.

If you are looking for esports betting predictions that include more details, you should check the following posts.

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