NBA Playoffs betting is incredibly popular across the globe. One of the highlights of the sporting year, NBA Playoff predictions are well sought after. Can Golden State Warriors make it three wins on the trot? We’re going to discuss our NBA Finals predictions later, along with where you can find the best NBA Playoffs odds.
Top Bookmakers: NBA Playoffs Betting
The table below demonstrates our top choices to bet on NBA playoffs games. We’ll highlight each bookmaker in more detail shortly.
|NBA Playoffs Betting||Current Promotion|
|PointsBet||$50 + 2 risk-free bets up to $1000|
|SugarHouse||First deposit matched up to $250|
|Resorts||First bet matched up to $250|
|Hard Rock||$100 risk-free bet|
|Caesars||First deposit matched up to $300|
|888Sport||$10 free + up to $500 matched|
|Golden Nugget||$50 risk-free bet|
|Last verified||May 23, 2019|
PointsBet are attracting a number of NBA bettors and it’s easy to see the pull. There is a good range of NBA Playoffs odds to consider along with a number of Playoffs-specific promotions.
Hit the Basketball tab to get started. You can then take advantage of NBA Championship odds promotions like Early Payout and Parlay bonuses.
Already a hugely popular sportsbook, SugarHouse offer an array of NBA Championship odds and offers. Famous for their Odds Boost Specials, SugarHouse should be considered if you’re looking to bet on NBA Playoffs.
There are NBA Playoffs odds offers available too. You can also earn bonus points each time you bet on the NBA, and other sports, which you can then exchange for rewards.
You can now place real money sports bets at Resorts. NBA action is well covered, and there are a range of NBA Playoffs odds for you to take advantage of.
Each game in the NBA Finals comes with a range of markets to choose from. You can also earn bonus funds with winning parlays when you bet on NBA Championship odds.
One of the newest bookmakers to hit the online scene, you can now bet on NBA Playoffs at Hard Rock. The Sportsbook is integrated into the casino site. NBA Playoffs odds here include Spread, Money Line and Quarter Betting, along with other NBA Playoffs betting lines.
Following a soft launch at the start of the year, there have been a few teething problems with Hard Rock. Still, we’re happy with the NBA Championship odds available right now.
Becoming equally as famous for their Sportsbook as they are for their Casino, Caesars offer a good range of NBA Playoffs odds. NBA Playoffs betting lines are offered in abundance here, with Outright betting also a possibility.
In addition to the welcome bonus stated in the table below, you can also take advantage of an in-play betting offer covering the first weekend of the Playoffs.
There are few bookmakers who can compete with the range of promotions 888sport offer. There are a number of NBA Playoffs betting lines you can bet on, with many of these subject to odds boosts and other promotions.
For NBA Playoffs betting, you can win free bets by taking part in the NBA Challenge or Playoffs Bracket promotions.
Another operator more well-known for their Casino, the Golden Nugget Sportsbook shouldn’t be underestimated. However, there are no NBA Playoffs betting opportunities available for New Jersey customers here.
Golden Nugget have an affiliation with NBA side Houston Rockets, and so regulations state that GN are unable to offer any NBA Playoffs betting odds.
NBA Playoffs Betting Odds
We’ve discussed where you can bet on NBA Playoffs, but what can you actually bet on? In this section, we’re going to explore your NBA Playoffs betting options and the key markets attached.
Betting On A Single Game
One of the most popular ways to bet on NBA Playoffs is to bet on individual games. The most common NBA Playoffs betting lines on a single game are the following:
- Moneyline Betting
- Total Points
- Point Spread
Let’s take a closer look at NBA Playoffs betting on Moneyline odds. Betting on Moneyline means you’re betting on the result, in other words, who you think will win the game. Generally, Moneyline odds includes Over Time, too, though this can also be a separate market.
As an example, we’ll use the NBA Playoffs game between Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs. Denver are -225 to win the game, with San Antonio Spurs priced at +185.
So, if you think Denver Nuggets will win the game, you place your bet at the odds of -225, for Spurs, +185.
Total Points Over/Under
Total Points Over/Under is another straightforward way of NBA Playoffs betting. It can also offer more flexibility than betting on Moneyline odds.
Each NBA bookmaker will offer a Total Points amount. This number represents the total number of points scored by either side, in a game. A Total Points Over/Under bet is exactly that, betting on over or under the Total Points number given.
Let’s use the game between the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors as our next example. 888Sport have set the Total Points level at 216.5. Betting on Over 216.5 Total Points has odds of -108, with Under 216.5 Total Points at -113.
Most bookmakers have NBA Playoffs betting odds with numerous potential Points totals. There are also variations on this market, for instance you can find individual team Total Points markets at most NBA bookmakers.
Onto Points Spread Betting. Points Spread can be a little confusing if you’re new to betting on the sport, but once you’ve understood the concept you will be able to judge the betting value easily.
In its most basic terms, the Point Spread is the bookmaker’s guess at how many points a team will win or lose by. We’ll use the game between LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors for this example.
Now, the LA Clippers are priced at -109 for a Points Spread of +12.5. Simply put, if you place this wager, the Clippers will need to win the game or not lose it by more than the Points stated. So, if GSW win by ten points, you’ll still win your bet. If Golden State Warriors win by more than 12.5 Points, your bet will lose.
Betting On A Series
Betting on a Series can provide plenty of betting value. Series Betting includes markets like Correct Score and Handicap Betting.
Each round at the start of the NBA Playoffs is made up of a best-of-seven series. Betting on a Series Correct Score can offer much more betting value than placing a wager on an Outright Series Winner. Let’s take the match-up between Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics for this example.
The Celtics are favorites to progress to the next round. In the Series Winner market, you’re unlikely to find odds better than -500 on Boston to win. But, with a Correct Series Score bet, much more value can be had.
Let’s say you think Boston Celtics will win the Series 4-1. The odds on this bet will far exceed a standard Series bet.
A Series Winner bet may have shorter odds, but they are easier to win. Betting on the Winner market is the most common way to bet on a Series. You should be able to find Series Winner odds at most NBA bookmakers.
You can also place Spread Bets on the Series Winner market. For instance, if you believe that Boston Celtics will win the Series, you can place a wager on Celtics to win by a selected number of games.
Exact Series Result
We touched upon this market earlier. Odds on the Exact Series Result are generally much higher than other NBA Playoffs betting odds. The main reason for this is that these bets are much more difficult to win.
There are variations to this market. Combination Series Result markets are available, such as Boston Celtics to win the Series 4-0, 4-1 or 4-2. This gives you greater flexibility, but a reduction in odds.
Placing a wager on Total Games is also an NBA Playoffs betting option. You can bet on variations of this market, including the exact number of games in a Series, Total Games Over/Under and Handicap.
NBA Playoffs Betting Predictions
With such a huge sporting event, there are plenty of NBA Playoffs predictions available for you to take inspiration from. There are a number of NBA Finals predictions sites on the internet which can help you form a better opinion of the odds on offer.
The key to betting on the NBA Playoffs successfully is to expand your knowledge. Research each game thoroughly. Check out the latest team news, injury news and current form before you place any bet.
Naturally, the Golden State Warriors are clear favorites to retain their crown for the third year running. They earned the best record in the Western Conference, clinching the Division title at the end of March with a 57-25 record.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Bucks have been the stand-out team in the NBA, though. The Bucks clinched the Eastern Conference title in March and earning a Playoff spot at the start of the month. Milwaukee have the best record in the NBA this season, with a record of 60-22.
According to the current NBA Championship odds, the Bucks are second favorite to win the Finals. Coming up in third are the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors finished second in the Eastern Conference, and are clear favorites to progress to the Second Round.
Likewise, the Houston Rockets only finished fourth in the Western Conference, but the two-times Champions shouldn’t be underestimated. They’ve performed well in recent NBA Playoffs series, and a good run here wouldn’t be a surprise.
Also, the Boston Celtics have been NBA Champions an unprecedented 17 times. They haven’t won since 2008, though, but many expect the Celtics to reach the Conference Final at least. Injuries are a concern, though, and this could scupper Boston’s chances of their first NBA title in 11 years.
Philly’s 76ers go into the NBA Playoffs with a good 51-31 record. They’re expected to be without Joel Embiid for the first game against the Nets, but presuming he comes back fit and well the 76ers could be this year’s surprise package.
Also, Oklahoma City Thunder are another side capable of causing a surprise in this year’s NBA Playoffs. They may only be seeded sixth, but Thunder had a great end to the season. If Oklahoma can take that form into the Playoffs, they’re likely to go far.
Onto Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets have a young side, but do possess some pretty hot talent. While experience may not be on their side this year, there’s few who can rule them out of reaching the Conference Semi’s at the least.
Portland Trailblazers are the third seed from the Western Conference, but many are expecting Portland to be defeated in the First Round with a tough draw against Thunder. If they manage to overcome Oklahoma, expect odds to dramatically shorten on the Trailblazers to achieve to Conference Finals win.
Maybe you fancy the NBA Playoffs betting lines offered on San Antonio Spurs? Utah Jazz, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, LA Clippers, Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers make up the rest of the Playoffs lineup. At this stage, it’s difficult to rule out any side progressing from the First Round at least. We’re going to give your our NBA Finals predictions shortly.
NBA Playoffs Betting Standings
In the tables below, we’ve illustrated the performances of each side competing in the NBA Playoffs so far this season. You can use this information to help you with your own NBA Finals predictions.
|Golden State Warriors||1||57-25|
|Portland Trail Blazers||3||53-29|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||6||49-33|
|San Antonio Spurs||7||48-34|
|Los Angeles Clippers||8||48-34|
First Round Match-Ups: NBA Finals Predictions
Let’s take a closer look at each First Round tie. These are our NBA Playoffs predictions before any action has taken place.
Milwaukee Bucks vs Detroit Pistons
It’s difficult to see past a clean sweep for Milwaukee in this one. They’ve been in fine form all season and that’s likely to continue against the Pistons side who just scraped in.
Toronto Raptors vs Orlando Magic
This should be closer than the Bucks v Pistons tie, but it’s still likely Toronto will progress through with relative ease. Magic have talent for sure, but the Raptors should have too much for the side from Orlando.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Brooklyn Nets
For such a young side, the Nets have done extremely well in qualifying for the Playoffs as seventh seed. They’re certainly capable of causing Philly problems and could take a game or two from them, but it’s the 76ers who should progress here.
Boston Celtics vs Indiana Pacers
After finishing first and second in the Eastern Conference in the previous two campaigns, this season will go down as somewhat of a disappointment for the Celtics. Still, they’re fourth seed and up against the Pacers side who struggled slightly in the second half of the regular season.
This tie is the most difficult to call in the First Round. Boston Celtics have been inconsistent, but if they can find some form they could progress easily.
Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers
We’re going from the toughest tie to call to probably the easiest, as GSW take on LA Clippers. The reigning Champions are expected to breeze through the eighth seed. The Clippers have had a great season, but, unless there’s a shock of gigantic proportions, expect it to end here.
Denver Nuggets vs San Antonio Spurs
Despite the Seed difference, this could be a closer tie than many are expecting. Spurs are far from walkovers, and Denver will have to be at the top of their game to progress here.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland are the higher seed, but OKC are the most likely to progress to the next round. The Trail Blazers possess talent, that’s obvious, and have enjoyed a good season. But this is Thunder, and many are expecting them to go all the way. Coming into this one on a great run, it’s hard to look past Thunder for the Series win.
Houston Rockets vs Utah Jazz
This is a tough one. Utah Jazz had the best defensive record in the NBA last season, but the Houston Rockets played well consistently too. This could go right to the wire, with the Rockets just edging out Jazz in the end.
Bet on NBA Playoffs
The NBA provides huge levels of excitement for viewers and bettors alike. Each First Round match-up should be great to watch, and all will provide excellent NBA Playoff betting opportunities.
If you’re looking for the best bookmakers to bet on NBA Playoffs betting lines, we discussed our top picks in the table at the top of this article. We’d certainly look at what PointsBet, SugarHouse and Resorts have to offer, along with 888.
Final Picks For NBA Playoffs Betting
If you ask basketball fans who will win the NBA Finals, most will reply with the Golden State Warriors. They’re favorites for a good reason, of course, but it’s worth checking out other sides who could cause a stir.
With our NBA Playoffs predictions, we believe that Milwaukee Bucks have as good a chance as any, considering the superb regular season they’ve enjoyed. They’re fairly priced, too, and it’s worth looking at the NBA Championship odds for the Bucks to win their second NBA title.
Boston Celtics are an outside choice, but if the Celtics can progress from their First Round tie and find some consistency at last, expect them to be challenging.