How To Bet On NBA Finals

NBA Finals betting is your last chance to build up your basketball purse before you’re forced to move onto other sports. It’s also some of the most difficult game-by-game wagering you’ll do. Participants are evenly matched most of the time, and rarely, if ever, are you given a moneyline, spread or over/under that’s deemed a no-brainer. [+]

If you’ve been paying attention during the playoffs, however, navigating this two-game slugfest should be a breeze.

Player prop bets are your bread and butter during the NBA Finals. Almost all of the players will have 15 or more games of playoff basketball under their belt, and it shouldn’t be difficult to determine the over/under on points, assists, rebounds, steals, blocks or some combination of the aforementioned five categories.

Betting on the series outcome before it tips off is also a good way to increase your earning potential. Single-game wagers have their place, but if you’re confident Team A will be taking home the title, a full-series moneyline bet will rescue you from having to labor through the daily grind of assessing, and then reassessing, individual game lines.

What is the NBA Finals matchup

Here’s some friendly advice: Do your homework on the NBA Finals matchup. Once the two opponents are determined, look up everything you can about them. Evaluate their regular-season performance. [+]

Go through their playoff logs. See how they’ve fared against one another. Every potential piece of information, small or large, is crucial to finishing out the NBA Finals on top of the betting world.

NBA
NBA
# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 56 40 16 6254 5794 0.714
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 58 40 18 5966 5749 0.690
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 54 29 25 5808 5701 0.537
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 58 23 35 6003 6142 0.397
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 58 19 39 6114 6360 0.328
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 56 34 22 6170 6159 0.607
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 56 32 24 5839 5830 0.571
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 57 32 25 6085 6014 0.561
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 56 27 29 5789 5801 0.482
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 56 20 36 5792 6104 0.357
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 56 32 24 6005 5902 0.571
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 57 30 27 5728 5778 0.526
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 56 23 33 5939 5976 0.411
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 56 18 38 5914 6152 0.321
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 58 18 40 6018 6256 0.310
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 60 35 25 6575 6404 0.583
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 58 32 26 6168 5974 0.552
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 57 31 26 6122 6073 0.544
4 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 57 31 26 5967 5912 0.544
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 57 29 28 5895 5800 0.509
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 57 44 13 6602 6126 0.772
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 55 29 26 5917 5876 0.527
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 55 23 32 5886 6024 0.418
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 56 18 38 5535 5984 0.321
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 58 18 40 6032 6550 0.310
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 56 43 13 6404 5916 0.768
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 59 35 24 5993 5811 0.593
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 56 30 26 6206 6219 0.536
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 55 18 37 5440 5641 0.327
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 58 18 40 5920 6058 0.310

One word can help you formulate a highly effective NBA Finals betting agenda: balance. That’s it. That’s all you need. Balanced, two-way teams are the best NBA Finals investments.

 

This refers to teams that excel on the both ends of the floor. It’s true on opening night, it’s true into the playoffs and it’s most certainly true as you enter the NBA Finals. 

To find this edge, simply look at which team is, on average, the better two-way team. This can be done by looking at offensive and defensive rankings, both during the postseason and regular season, which can be found just about anywhere NBA stats are offered, including the league’s official website.

Even if it turns out one team is highly elite on offense, that means next to nothing if they’re also not a good defensive team. Conversely, if one of the NBA Finals’ participants ranks favorably in both offensive and defensive categories, they’re more likely to emerge from the seven-game series victorious.

Follow this mode of thought, and you’ll be well on your way to dominating the NBA Finals betting scene from every imaginable angle!