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Top eSports Betting Picks of the Week – August 21st, 2023

By Hank Blaine

The International is in full effect this weekend. The Dota 2 tournament has a prize pool of 20 million, making it one of the richest eSports tournaments of the year. On Saturday, Spawn Team takes on UD Vessuwan and Team SMG throws down against Geek Slate. Then on Sunday, Level Up battles Luna Galaxy and BOOM goes against Bleed. Check out eSports odds, analysis, and free picks for six of this weekends top matchups at the 2023 The International.

Top eSports Betting Picks of the Week (August 21st, 2023)

Dota 2 – The International 2022

Spawn Team vs. UD Vessuwan

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Spawn Team has won 2-of-5. In their last, Spawn Team battled Army of Geniuses and fell via 2 games to 0.

UD Vessuwan has won 2-of-3. The loss in the last 3 came versus Big Brain. Spawn is supposed to be the better team, but UD’s form suggests they play above their talent level. The dog is the pick.

eSports Betting Pick: UD Vessuwan +114

Execration vs. Neon Esports

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Since beating Thunder Awaken on July 27, it’s been tough sledding for Neon. The underdog in this has lost 4 straight.

Execration hasn’t won a single match in their last 5. But the favorite has drawn twice, and the draws were against solid clubs, Entity and Virtus.pro. The money continues to go to Execration to cover. We’re jumping on the bandwagon.

eSports Betting Pick: Execration -1.5 -112

Team SMG vs. Geek Slate

  • When: Saturday, August 26, 2023

Slight underdog Team SMG has won 2-of-3. The wins were against top competition, Xerxia and Boom.

Geek Slate is on a 5-match winning streak. If handicappers thought Geek Slate was better than Team SMG, they’d be a shorter favorite. The dog gets the nod.

eSports Betting Pick: Team SMG -112

Blacklist International vs. Army Geniuses

  • When: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Both teams are playing well, but Army Geniuses wins this. The question is if AG can win this by more than 2 games.

Army Geniuses has won 3 straight. Each of the wins, against Big Brain, Spawn Team, and Vision Gaming, was by 2-0 scores. So although Blacklist will fight hard, Army Geniuses beats their rivals 2-0.

eSports Betting Pick: Army Geniuses +1.5 -154

Level Up vs. Luna Galaxy

  • When: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Level Up has won 2-of-5, but will head into this on a 2-mtch losing streak. Underdog Luna Galaxy has also lost 2 straight.

The reason Luna Galaxy is the big time dog in this is because Level Up beat Luna Galaxy 2-0 in the last head-to head. However, Luna may have gotten better since the August 8 match. Give the underdog a chance.

eSports Betting Pick: Luna Galaxy +182

Bleed Esports vs. BOOM Esports

  • When: Sunday, August 27, 2023

Both teams have just a single victory in their last 5. Boom has lost 4-of-5. Bleed shows 2 draws, 2 losses, and the win.

Bleed’s slightly better form is why they’re the favorite. But the odds difference isn’t vast, meaning oddsmakers and eSports bettors believe BOOM has a chance. Here’s another were backing the dog makes sense.

eSports Betting Pick: BOOM Esports +128

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