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CS:GO Best Bets: DreamHack, Flashpoint Playoffs

CS:GO Best Bets

As we get further into December and ever closer to the eventual winter break, esports begins to slow down. There are just a couple of tournaments left in the year and as such the number of matches are limited.

However, luckily for CSGO fans and bettors, the game features by far the most matches of any esport, and we’ll still see a ton of exciting games in the coming weeks. For now, the main events to look forward to are DreamHack Masters, Flashpoint, BLAST Premier Fall Finals, and the European Development Championship.

Before we dive into the best matches to wager on this week, make sure to familiarize yourself with the basics of Counter-Strike betting. And, let’s get right into this week’s matches:

Renegades vs Avant - December 5

We kick things off down under, as Oceania's CSGO pride take on Avant at DreamHack Masters Winter.

The odds here are quite brutal and the match will likely be just as devastating. Renegades are the heavy favorites coming in at -834 on Betway, and there’s no real chance of anything other than a clean 2-0.

Oceania currently belongs to the Renegades squad, who have won nine tournaments in a row, and look almost untouchable. Before a small slip against Order on December 3, Renegades had won 21 matches in a row, while only dropping one map. They’ve also played five series against Avant, all going Renegades way, with just one going to three maps, back in August.

As such, the clean 2-0 is a very strong pick for here and despite rather small odds of -222, it’s very well worth it.

Best Bet: Renegades Win 2-0

Renegades vs Avant Betting Odds

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

Mousesports vs Godsent - December 5

Up next is a European match between two unlikely playoff competitors, as Mousesports and Godsent fight it out for a spot in the DreamHack Masters Winter Europe grand final.

Betway put Mousesports as the clear favorites at -223 to win it, however, this one’s likely to be a lot closer than that. Both teams have found some very strong form going into December, with Mousesports being on a six-match winning streak, while Godsent have won three of their last four, including matches against Astralis and Heroic.

It could really go either way, so picking a direct winner is too risky. There is a lot of value in a total maps pick, however, with OVER 2.5 maps played being very worth it. The last time these two played it went to three maps and Godsent have seen all four of their last four matches go the distance. Considering both squads have been very impressive and their history, this is a very good pick at evens on Betway.

Best Bet: OVER 2.5 Maps

Mousesports vs Godsent Betting Odds

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

Virtus.pro vs Fnatic - December 5

We turn to Flashpoint for our final match on Saturday, where we see another clash for a spot in the grand finals.

This one looks to be just as close as the previous match and this time the odds back it too. Virtus.pro enter as slight favorites at -134, while Fnatic aren't too far behind at -106 on Betway. There isn't too much history between the two teams, so we need to look at recent results to find our pick.

Luckily, with Virtus.pro there seems to be one constant - they love a close match. Seven of their last eight matches have gone to three maps, with the CIS squad leaking map losses to weaker sides, while also upsetting favorites in close 2-1 brawls. Fnatic have also looked a bit inconsistent, with four of their last seven going all the way.

All this points to a very good chance of seeing a three map series and at -111 on Betway, OVER 2.5 maps is not a bet you want to miss.

Best Bet: OVER 2.5 Maps

Virtus.pro vs Fnatic Betting Odds

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

Endpoint vs Budapest 5 - December 7

It’s time to look at the lower levels on Monday, as the European Development Championships kick-off, giving some up and coming teams time in the spotlight.

This match is likely one of the most one-sided in the event, as Endpoint enter at -286 to win it. The British squad should be taking it with ease, coming in as a much higher ranked team and in very strong form. Endpoint have been battling it out with the likes of Heroic, who are currently #2 in the HLTV rankings, and managed to steal a map.

Meanwhile, Budapest 5 are ranked at #62 and don’t really come close to Endpoint’s level. The best pick here will be a round handicap for Endpoint, as it’s a best of one match, with anything at -6.5 or lower being a good pick for odds above -143.

Best Bet: Endpoint -6.5 

Endpoint vs Budapest 5 Betting Odds
Budapest 5+195

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

Team Vitality vs Mousesports - December 8

We head back to the elite level with two huge games on Tuesday. First up, the current #1 team and IEM Beijing Europe champions Vitality face Mousesports.

Despite odds pointing to a favorable match for Vitality, who come in at -182 to win, this one could really go either way. Both teams are playing very well, with Vitality coming in hot off of their first trophy of the year, while Mousesports are undefeated in six.

To make things more uncertain, in the last two matches between the teams, both have taken clean 2-0 wins. Not too much has changed since then, so picking a definite winner is out of the question.

However, there is a very good chance the trend continues and whoever wins this does so in a dominant fashion. As such, the best bet is UNDER 2.5 maps, which can be found at a solid -143 on Betway.

Best Bet: UNDER 2.5 Maps

Team Vitality vs Mousesports Betting Odds
Team Vitality-182

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

Natus Vincere vs Astralis - December 8

The next match is a CSGO classic, as two of the best fight it out in a series that never disappoints.

Na`Vi and Astralis both rank in the top five on HLTV’s world ranking and come in as some of the favorites for the event. Both are incredibly good, both come in on solid form, and realistically both could win.

It’s very difficult to split the two and despite an anomaly 2-0 in their last match, their games are always close. That’s why it’s another match where we instead look to the props and with two teams that play so close, there’s nothing better than OVER 2.5 maps.

You can bet on the match to be an extended series with very good odds of -111 on Betway.

Best Bet: OVER 2.5 Maps

Natus Vincere vs Astralis Betting Odds
Natus Vincere+110

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

G2 Esports vs Furia - December 9

Last but not least comes G2 vs Furia. It’s another match between two top dogs and perhaps the tightest of the week as even the bookmakers are barely able to split the teams.

G2 enter as slight favorites at -105 on Betway, while Furia are very close behind at -133. As the odds suggest, it’s another difficult match to call, which makes backing a winner unideal.

Luckily, close matches in CSGO often mean we see it going all the way to three maps, and as such, backing the OVER is once again the way to go. Especially so if we consider that the teams played each other on December 2 and it did go the distance.

Once again you can find OVER 2.5 maps at a juicy -111 on Betway, making it a well worth pick for this match.

Best Bet: OVER 2.5 Maps

G2 Esports vs Furia Betting Odds
G2 Esports-106

Odds as of December 4 at Betway

How To Bet CS:GO Moneyline

Moneyline bets are one of the most straightforward ways of betting and if you’ve done it in any other sport, it’s no different in Counter-Strike. Simply pick which team you think will win, place your bet and wait on the result.

These bets always feature a favorite and an underdog, represented by a (-) minus or (+) plus in American odds. When betting on the favorite, the (-) minus signifies what you would need to bet to win $100, while on the other hand, the (+) plus shows what you’d win if you bet $100.

It’s important to note that not all bookmakers currently offer CS:GO options, and while it is becoming more popular, many sportsbooks that have integrated esports may have a limited selection. However, we’ve made finding a good place to bet very easy, with a comprehensive list of the best online esports betting sites.

What Are CS:GO Prop Bets?

Prop bets, aka proposition bets, are as common in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as they are in any sport. Rather than betting on the outcome, you can bet on specific events in the game.

When it comes to CS:GO, this includes things like the number of rounds in a map, which team will win a specific round, first eliminations, defuses, explosions, the final round score – really just about anything that will happen in the game.