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Esports Betting Tips for Thursday, May 21st – Today’s Picks and Predictions for CS:GO, LoL, and Dota 2

| May 21, 2020 1:33 am PDT
Best Esports Bets for Thursday, May 21, 2020

The first group of the DreamHack Masters Europe ends on Thursday, while the playoffs of the OGA PIT 2020 will begin. Those two events are the core of my esports betting tips for today, but I also cover other CS:GO, Dota 2, and LoL tournaments.

All of my picks include recommended odds and my reasoning that can help you understand why I like the wager in question.

If you have your own ideas about interesting esports bets on Thursday, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Astralis (-1.5) vs. G2

  • Game: CS:GO
  • Tournament: DreamHack Masters 2020, EU
  • Starting time: 8:30 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: +104
  • Where to bet: 10Bet

Let’s begin the best esports bets for Thursday with a CS:GO match that will be surrounded by a lot of tension. G2 will be desperate for revenge against Astralis after losing against the same opponent twice in the ESL One Road to Rio, including in the Grand Final.

I’m not sure the team can achieve that, though. The Danes have been magnificent recently and looked flawless against North yesterday, while G2 lost against the same opponent and struggle against Heroic.

I believe that the good run of Astralis will continue on Thursday and the price of +104 for the squad to cover the -1.5 map advantage is too juicy to pass.

Vikin.gg to Beat Virtus.pro

  • Game: Dota 2
  • Tournament: OGA PIT
  • Starting time: 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: +200
  • Where to bet: BetOnline

The second of my esports betting tips for today will likely shock a lot of people, but I think it’s worth a shot. Vikin.gg will meet Virtus.pro in the losers’ bracket of the OGA PIT and most people expect a win for the Russian squad.

Despite the recent improvement, I still believe that the favorite is far from its best and the hungry opponent could take advantage here. Vikin.gg is trying to enter the elite of Dota 2 and will be eager to prove a point against a famous side like Virtus.pro.

The Romanian side just won the Cyber Cup and has been dominating second-tier events in 2020. There’s a lot of momentum right now and considering Virtus.pro’s struggles, I believe that the price of +200 represents excellent value.

Khan to Beat Team Empire Hope

  • Game: Dota 2
  • Tournament: Parimatch League, Season 3
  • Starting time: 9:00 am Pacific Time
  • Odds: -145
  • Where to bet: SportsBetting.ag

I have another Dota 2 selection lined up and it’s from the Parimatch League, Season 3 this time. Two of the big underdogs meet each other today and both are in need of a victory. Khan has a record of only one win and three defeats, so another loss would likely put an end of the team’s hopes.

On the surface, Team Empire Hope is in a better position because it has only one defeat so far. However, it was against FlyToMoon which is likely the easiest team to beat in the tournament.

The overall performance so far suggests that Khan is the better side and should be able to get a second win today. The price of -145 is not ideal, but I still believe it contains decent value.

More Esports Betting Tips for Thursday, May 21st 

  • Electronik Generation (+1.5) vs. For The Win; -135
  • FlyToMoon vs. Team Liquid over 2.5; +106
  • FURIA to beat Team Liquid; -135

Before I provide you with more information about the last three esports betting tips for today, let me make the usual disclaimer. The odds are constantly moving throughout the day, so I recommend you to keep checking for higher prices. Here are some betting sites that can provide.

Let’s return to the best esports bets for Thursday with my only LoL pick. It’s for the Portuguese LPLOL Spring Cup and I’m not sure why For The Win is such a huge favorite against Electronik Generation. Both looked good in the first round and EG actually won the Spring Playoffs against the same opponent in March.

That’s why I expect a close clash today and I believe that Electronik Generation can win at least one game. The price of -135 for that outcome is more than enough for me to go for it.

Next in line is a Dota 2 pick from the OGA PIT. Team Liquid has been very inconsistent in this competition, while FlyToMoon has improved in the past couple of days. This one could go to game three and I like the odds of +106 for that to happen.

I also expect the CS:GO division of Liquid to have a rough time today against FURIA in the DreamHack Masters. The Brazilians have been flying recently and they demolished MIBR yesterday to prove that nothing has changed for this tournament.

If you are looking for more betting opportunities, you should consider checking our section with betting previews and predictions that covers various sports and esports.

Jerry Summer

Jerry Summer has a wide-ranging interest in gambling and the gambling industry. He's made a living out of both playing poker and betting on sports.

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