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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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 27 November
FT Orlando Magic 109 - 121 Indiana Pacers +160 -179 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 113 - 91 Philadelphia 76ers +120 -141 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 118 - 108 Boston Celtics +210 -250 Odds
FT Blazers 103 - 91 New York Knicks -125 +105 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 103 - 117 Houston Rockets +1500 -3333 Odds
FT Dallas Mavericks 108 - 115 San Antonio Spurs +360 -435 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 110 - 106 Warriors +700 -1000 Odds
FT L.A. Lakers 115 - 120 L.A. Clippers +155 Odds
Tuesday 28 November
FT Miami Heat 97 - 108 Cleveland Cavaliers +150 -169 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 104 - 99 Chicago Bulls -105 -115 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 92 - 89 Wolves +180 -208 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 77 - 106 Utah Jazz -115 -105 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 112 - 87 Sacramento Kings -238 +200 Odds
Wednesday 29 November
FT Phoenix Suns 107 - 131 Detroit Pistons +500 -667 Odds
FT Thunder 108 - 121 Orlando Magic -238 +200 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 113 - 118 Philadelphia 76ers +250 -303 Odds
FT Miami Heat 86 - 115 New York Knicks +110 -130 Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 113 - 126 Toronto Raptors +250 -303 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 97 - 118 Houston Rockets +500 -667 Odds
FT Wolves 120 - 102 Pelicans +215 -256 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 109 - 104 Dallas Mavericks +175 -204 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 95 - 104 San Antonio Spurs +310 -370 Odds
AOT Warriors 127 - 123 L.A. Lakers -1000 +725 Odds
Thursday 30 November
FT Philadelphia 76ers 97 - 108 Boston Celtics +310 -370 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 121 - 114 Atlanta Hawks -333 +280 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 110 - 111 Denver Nuggets +465 -556 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 103 - 91 Blazers +155 -175 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 126 - 107 L.A. Clippers -110 -110 Odds
Friday 01 December
FT Detroit Pistons 91 - 109 Washington Wizards -115 Odds
FT Warriors 133 - 112 Orlando Magic +450 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 115 - 120 Toronto Raptors
FT Charlotte Hornets 100 - 105 Miami Heat -130 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 107 - 106 Chicago Bulls -115 -105 Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 95 - 79 Memphis Grizzlies -161 +140 Odds
FT Wolves 107 - 111 Thunder +205 -244 Odds
FT Pelicans 108 - 114 Utah Jazz -149 +130 Odds
Saturday 02 December
645' Phoenix Suns 26 - 33 Boston Celtics +675 -909
L.A. Clippers 14:00 Dallas Mavericks +163 -182 Odds
Atlanta Hawks 15:00 Brooklyn Nets +185 -213 Odds
Memphis Grizzlies 19:30 Cleveland Cavaliers +635 -833 Odds
Detroit Pistons 19:30 Philadelphia 76ers +180 -208 Odds
Sacramento Kings 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks +675 -909 Odds
L.A. Lakers 21:00 Denver Nuggets +175 -204 Odds
Pelicans 22:00 Blazers +240 -286 Odds
Sunday 03 December
Orlando Magic 15:30 New York Knicks
Warriors 19:00 Miami Heat
L.A. Clippers 19:00 Wolves
San Antonio Spurs 19:00 Thunder
Houston Rockets 21:30 L.A. Lakers

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 23 19 4 2392 2227 0.826
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 21 14 7 2328 2177 0.667
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 21 12 9 2279 2268 0.571
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 21 11 10 2195 2179 0.524
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 21 8 13 2313 2378 0.381
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 22 15 7 2447 2393 0.682
2 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 21 14 7 2207 2157 0.667
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 20 11 9 2058 2078 0.550
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 23 12 11 2498 2491 0.522
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 21 3 18 2013 2246 0.143
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 22 12 10 2371 2284 0.545
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 22 11 11 2205 2261 0.500
3 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 23 9 14 2487 2572 0.391
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 21 8 13 2215 2247 0.381
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 21 4 17 2158 2285 0.190
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 22 13 9 2258 2177 0.591
2 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 21 12 9 2237 2239 0.571
3 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 23 13 10 2478 2470 0.565
4 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 23 12 11 2372 2300 0.522
5 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 21 9 12 2157 2092 0.429
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 23 17 6 2714 2469 0.739
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 20 8 12 2119 2144 0.400
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 21 8 13 2238 2282 0.381
4 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 23 8 15 2459 2664 0.348
5 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 22 7 15 2096 2321 0.318
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 21 17 4 2392 2165 0.810
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 22 15 7 2232 2145 0.682
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 22 11 11 2375 2401 0.500
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 21 7 14 2051 2116 0.333
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 22 5 17 2188 2304 0.227

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.