How To Bet ON NBA Playoffs

The NBA Playoffs are a time when you can really hit a betting groove. The field of competition has narrowed, and you’re dealing almost exclusively with competent teams, especially in the latter rounds, so there won’t be as many surprise spreads and over/under anomalies. Betting on individual games is always the safest play. It lets you reshift focus by the night and account for any injuries or surprises that might have taken place in previous outings. [+]

But, on the flip side, there is real value in betting on the outcomes of round-by-round matchups before they tip off. Eighth-place teams rarely unseat first-place juggernauts in the first round, and that’s something you can use to maximize the return on your wagers. Full-round bets, after all, will provide ampler returns on your initial investment.

 

Best NBA Playoff Betting Lines

Playoff betting lines, like regular-season betting lines, can change at a moment’s notice. Always make sure you have the most recent odds, which can be found below. The best sites will update them immediately, so you won’t be kept in limbo for long, if at all.

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playoff - Matchday 4
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 01 May
FT Toronto Raptors 105 - 116 Cleveland Cavaliers +295 -303 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 126 - 99 San Antonio Spurs +235 -278 Odds
Tuesday 02 May
AOT Washington Wizards 119 - 129 Boston Celtics +180 -200 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 94 - 106 Warriors +1000 -1429 Odds
Wednesday 03 May
FT Toronto Raptors 103 - 125 Cleveland Cavaliers +300 -345 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 96 - 121 San Antonio Spurs +225 -233 Odds
Thursday 04 May
FT Boston Celtics 89 - 116 Washington Wizards +215 -217 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 104 - 115 Warriors +980 -1429 Odds
Friday 05 May
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 115 - 94 Toronto Raptors -135 +140 Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 103 - 92 Houston Rockets +203 -233 Odds
Saturday 06 May
Warriors 20:30 Utah Jazz -256 +225 Odds
Sunday 07 May
Cleveland Cavaliers 15:30 Toronto Raptors -263 +237 Odds
Boston Celtics 18:30 Washington Wizards +165 -179 Odds
San Antonio Spurs 21:00 Houston Rockets +205 -238 Odds

What Are The NBA playoff Standings

Playoff standings are, as you know, very important. It’s not just about a team’s placement, but the series score. Big deficits are usually insurmountable at the NBA level, so if you see that a team is trailing 3-1, you’ll know to keep doubling down on the leaders, and heavy favorites.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402

Avoid super-specific prop bets when it comes to the NBA playoffs. These include, but are not limited to, how long a particular series will last. You don’t want to get mixed up in that.

Betting on the overall outcomes of arounds is risky enough but provides just the right amount of bettor’s confidence. Series lengths, however, can be virtual crapshoots. Injuries can prolong a series. Underdogs could get hot, and while they might not pull off the upset, they could be good for one or two more victories than you expect.

Do yourself a huge favor and also pay attention to playoff stats. Teams change their styles leading into the postseason. They often play slower, and you might even see their offensive and defensive efficiencies regress. It’s imperative to figure out whether betting subjects are undergoing measurable alterations. That directly impacts how you make decisions on player props, game lines and outcomes.

Finally, learn to read into small sample sizes. You’re dealing with two teams in every series who will be facing each other at least four times. What you see in the first two games does, in fact, portend how future games will unfurl. Unless you’re sure one of the coaches will make some kind of mind-melting adjustments, take every outcome seriously and ensure it’s at the forefront of your mind when placing your next bet.