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The PointsBet Hustle® is a newsletter spotlighting our biggest bets, juiciest boosts and strongest insights to get you ready for the best betting stretch of your life.

IN THIS ISSUE

️‍♂️ BROOKS IS BACK: Check out Koepka’s Masters odds progression

EXPERT PICKS: Three experts with picks from three different sports

OUTRAGEOUS OFFER: Impossible to hate Bonus Bet No. 8

FOR THE BELT: Pereira-Adesanya 2 highlights a loaded UFC 287

MASTERS-FUL PERFORMANCE

WILL BROOKS MAKE BOOKS PAY?

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LIV golfers faced skepticism from traders and bettors before Thursday. Now? Not so much.

Phil Mickelson (-4) and Patrick Reed (-4 through 32 holes) have been solid. And Brooks Koepka (-12) has been sensational. His strut has returned.

Koepka was a 60/1 longshot before winning last week’s LIV event in Orlando. He entered this week at +4000, and we took a wager from an IL client of $1,500 that would return $61,500.

Koepka’s glistening 65 shrunk those odds to +700, and an IN bettor threw down $5,000 at that price. Koepka beat the storms ⛈️ Friday to shoot 67. His score is good for a two-shot lead over Jon Rahm. Koepka’s post-round odds of +180 have shrunk to +165, with Rahm (+140) becoming the favorite again on Saturday morning.

EXPERT PICKS

Max Meyer and Teddy Greenstein hope their handicapping skills match their editing chops. Jon Eimer joins the action with a pick from the pitch.

THE SENIOR EDITOR

Royals ML (+120) vs. Giants [4:05 p.m. ET]
“Brady Singer was one of MLB’s the better starters after the All-Star Break (2.53 ERA, 1.05 WHIP) last season. I still think the Royals ace is being slightly undervalued by the market.”
Angels ML (-120) vs. Blue Jays [9:07 p.m. ET]
“What happened to Jose Berrios? He posted a 5.23 ERA last season as well as the lowest K/9 (7.8) since his rookie year. He got shelled by the Royals (8 ER) in his first start of 2023, so maybe this is just who he is now.”

THE OG SENIOR EDITOR

OUTRIGHT: Jon Rahm (+140)
“As CBS analyst Ian Baker Finch put it: ‘He is the toughest competitor you can find.’”
TOP ENGLISH: Matt Fitzpatrick (+250)
“The Open champion has the short game and low ball flight to overtake Justin Rose (+100), who has a two-shot edge.”

THE SOCCER GUY

SGP (-105): Man City ML & Under 3.5 Goals [12:30 p.m. ET]
“We all know City is capable of doing serious damage. But with their Champions League draw against Bayern Munich next week, expect them to go up early, get the three points and then rest their starters -- leading to a low-scoring victory for the Citizens.”
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER BONUS BET

BONUS BETS BONANZA

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PointsBet is giving away $100 million of Bonus Bets through May 30. So make sure to check your account during every Power Hour (6-7 p.m. ET) until then!

The credit is good for all states but NY. See Promotions page in the PointsBet app or website for full promotional Terms & Conditions.

For today’s Bonus Bet, here’s an MLB SGP (+550) that we have cooked up for Cardinals-Brewers (7:10 p.m. ET).

  • Brewers +1.5 (-130): Milwaukee has the best record in the NL (6-1), while the Cards are pressing early with a four-game losing streak including a shutout 0️⃣ loss to the Crew on Friday.
  • Over 9 runs (-105): The Brewers are the MLB’s best in OBP (.381) with the Cardinals second (.368), and Milwaukee has exceeded six runs in more than half its games.
  • Eric Lauer Under 5.5 K’s (-140): The Milwaukee lefty will face a St. Louis offense that strikes out 6.6 times per game, fewest in the league.
CURRENT ODDS FROM AUGUSTA

POWER RANKINGS️‍♂️

Jon Rahm overtook Brooks Koepka as the live betting favorite on Saturday morning.

Let’s take a look at the current Masters outright odds…

• Jon Rahm (+140): Slammed down his driver after contact on No. 8. Still made birdie. Drove it into the trees on 9. Still made birdie.

• Brooks Koepka (+165): His reconstructed knee requires “20 minutes to get out of bed,” but he can sleep in Saturday.

• Collin Morikawa (+1600): If you want to read about a faux rules controversy, google his name.

• Jordan Spieth (+2200): Caddie Michael Greller’s face said it all after Spieth’s second water ball Thursday.

• Viktor Hovland (+2200): Has more control over his game than his wardrobe.

Jason Day (+2500): His second-round card featured about as many beauties (5 birdies) as blemishes (3 bogeys and a double).

• Cameron Young (+3000): One day, he will win a Masters. Will that be Sunday?

• Sam Bennett (+4000): The Texas A&M Senior is third on the leaderboard, drawing inspiration from a forearm tattoo that reads: “Don’t wait to do something.”

 

ROUSING REMATCH

MARQUEE MATCHUP

PointsBet Data and Insights

PREVIEW: Alex Pereira stunned the UFC world after upending Israel Adesanya with a fifth-round TKO to capture the middleweight belt at UFC 281. Now the two foes square off in another title bout, this time in Miami at the renamed Kaseya Center.

Besides the UFC 281 victory, Pereira has twice defeated Adesanya outside the Octagon in their kickboxing days.

ASK A TRADER: “What makes Adesanya the favorite is in the three fights he lost to Pereira, all have been ‘winning from behind’ situations for Pereira. It’s hard to argue Adesanya isn’t better on his feet and has shown signs of being better on the ground. Adesanya simply has more ways to win that Pereira in our opinion.” – Jake Dunne, Sports Trader

ENDING WITH A BANG

SUNDAY’S BEST: NBA EDITION

Only the Spurs, Rockets and Pistons have fewer road wins than the Warriors this season.

All 30 NBA teams are in action on the final day of the regular season. Here are the three of the matchups we’re eyeing.

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers [3:30 p.m. ET]: After Friday night’s victory, Golden State can guarantee it’ll avoid the play-in tournament with its 11th road️ win of the season.

Jazz vs. Lakers [3:30 p.m. ET]: L.A. could get as high as a fifth seed and as low as eighth depending on what happens Saturday and Sunday. The Lakers need a win for any chance to get out of the play-in round.

Suns vs. Clippers [3:30 p.m. ET]: The Clippers can avoid any chance at participating in the play-in tournament with wins on Saturday and Sunday.

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