We preview two of today's matches in the BLAST Premier Spring Finals, headlined by the upper-bracket final between MIBR and Evil Geniuses.
Over 2.5 Maps (1.86)
NiP swept OG in their last series, while Vitality were knocked down to the lower-bracket by FaZe. These two teams have faced off a lot so far this year, playing seven BO3s in total, with Vitality coming out on top in five of these meetings. However, this has been a pretty close matchup recently, with four out of the last five BO3s going to a decider, making the over a viable play in this spot.
Vitality will be a big favorite on their map choice regardless of how the map veto plays out in this match, with both Nuke and Dust2 being good maps for them. For NiP, a lot is going to come down to how they choose to approach the veto process. In the last match, they decided to pick (and win) Mirage, which really appeared to take Vitality off guard. They have also tried banning Nuke in the past, but this backfired completely as Vitality proved to be far superior on Dust2. NiP will probably go for Overpass or Mirage once more in this match, and if they do, we will likely see this match go to a decider.
While the over is a viable play here, you can also pick Vitality to win their map choice, but I would recommend waiting until close to kickoff to see how the veto is going to play out before you make your bet in that case.
Over 2.5 Maps (1.86) or Over 26.5 Rounds 1st Map (1.83)
Evil Geniuses and MIBR are both coming off upsets in the first round, and this matchup will decide who moves on the final. Normally I would favor Evil Geniuses in this spot, but the map veto makes this match a bit more interesting. Both teams have pretty similar map pools, and MIBR will certainly benefit from Nuke being their permaban in this spot. The last time these two sides met, MIBR got a pretty favorable set of maps with both Inferno and Train playing to their strengths, and they ultimately ended up taking that series. The last two meetings between these two teams have been very close, and the round spread has been hit in five out of six maps, making the over an appealing play here.