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.

 

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.

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

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.