LPL 2020 Spring Playoffs – 3rd Place Match – April 29, 2020 5:00AM ET

FunPlus Phoenix (FPX) vs. Invictus Gaming (IG) – 5:00AM ET April 29, 2020

Moneyline: Invictus Gaming -115

Map Handicap: +1.5 FunPlus Phoenix -225

This 3rd Place Match between FPX and IG should be competitive because there are World Championship Points at stake. I would not have been surprised to see these two teams facing off in the Finals, but instead they are playing for 3rd place after they both lost in the Semifinals of the LPL 2020 Spring Playoffs. I will be analyzing the moneyline odds, the map handicap odds, the DFS slate for Fanduel and Draftkings, and my favorite pick on MonkeyKnifeFight.

Invictus Gaming looked good down the stretch of the regular season, but not great. We saw a lot of series go to 3 games when it seemed like IG was going to sweep. In their one and only playoff match, they had to go against Top Esports, who has been playing excellent lately and has a legitimate chance to win the Finals. Invictus Gaming was able to steal Game 3 of the Semifinals behind an unstoppable performance from Puff (ADC) before finally losing 3-1. It has been a similar story for FunPlus Phoenix, who come into this game having lost 2 of their last 3 series. FPX has not been playing to the best of their ability lately, but their 2 most recent losses are against the teams competing in the Finals – JD Gaming & Top Esports, who have both been on fire.

From a betting perspective, I am taking the more talented team and sticking with FunPlus Phoenix. As winners of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship, FPX knows the importance of the points that can be gained with a win in this spot. Invictus Gaming will likely be very motivated to win as well, but FunPlus Phoenix can beat anybody when they play at their best. My favorite bet is FunPlus Phoenix -105 moneyline. I do think that FPX would win a majority of the games if these 2 teams faced off for a large sample size, so betting them at close to even money is a bet I really like. We haven’t seen the 1.5 map handicap really matter in these playoffs so far, as all series have gone either 3-0 or 3-1. Thus, it may seem difficult to justify taking the odds for the +1.5 map handicap for FPX, but I still think this could be a profitable bet as well.

For DFS, I will be heavy on FunPlus Phoenix. Doinb (MID) is one of my favorite plays for daily fantasy per usual, since he is often the highest fantasy point scorer and is cheaper than some of the other players on the slate. I do think that Khan (TOP) might be the best play at only $7,000 on Fanduel’s one game slate and $5,600 on Draftkings’ two game slate. With GimGoon (TOP) out, Khan is a good value play, especially at such a cheap price on Fanduel. We have seen TheShy (TOP) sometimes rack up a lot of losses for Invictus Gaming, so this match-up has a lot of potential for Khan. On MonkeyKnifeFight, I like the Rapidfire 2.5x contest, where my favorite pick is Lwx (ADC) +1.5 Total Kills vs. Puff (ADC) Total Kills and Doinb (MID) +0.5 Total Kills vs. Rookie (MID). Since I feel confident that FPX will win, this pick makes a lot of sense. If FunPlus Phoenix does win, it is extremely likely that Lwx and Doinb will have most of the kills, so getting 2.5x payout on this prop bet definitely seems worth the risk.

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