Ah, the NBA Finals. It's a bittersweet time, albeit mostly sweet. You're watching the latter stages of the quest for a title unfold, and yet, as much as you enjoy it, you lament the notion that the NBA season is officially coming to end. And that means it's your last chance to get ahead of the sportsbooks before enjoying a (brief) sabbatical from professional basketball betting. If you're a consistent basketball bettor, you'll want to make the most of this opportunity, by throwing down as many bets, within reason of course, as possible. [+]

Before the Finals even tips off, decide whether you're picking a series winner. The odds will usually be about even for each team, since they're the best of the best.

But if for some reason there is a demonstartive favorite, as their could be so long as the Golden State Warriors are playing like they are, only bother with a series winner bet if you're partial to the underdog.

Sure, you could roll with the favorite. But you'll have to bet so much money on a team like the Warriors, or the San Antonio Spurs, just to win a modest, often neglible, stack of cash.

This is not to say you should be betting on the underdog all the time in this situation. Play the matchup; if you think a team is going to lose, don't bet on it just because the favorite is favored by too much.

Once the series starts, marry the spreads, moneylines, overs and unders. Bet one of them per game. If you're an expert, go with two or three.

In the event you're feeling super explorative, or just plain confident in your knowledge, parlay two or three of those bets per game. Your returns will be markedly higher on any victories.

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Keep track of the NBA Finals progression right here. This will help you stay on top of moneylines, spreads, overs and unders for individual games throughout. [+]

When placing single game bets, pay special attention to what's happened in the Finals round thus far. If it's the first game, look back at each team's conference journey for some much needed insight.

The same holds true if you're looking to crown a champion before the series tips off. See how these teams fared against one another during the regular season and also how they performed before the Finals.

Was their road to the Finals easy? Especially hard? Have they been dominant at home? Vulnerable on the road? Vice versa?

There is no such thing as asking too many questions in these instances. Because the more questions you ask, the more answers you're forced to look for.

And the more answers you're forced to look for, the more answers you'll inevitably get, turning your NBA Finals betting, no matter the wager, into an enjoyable, and hopefully profitable, experience.

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What Is The NBA Finals Matchup

Never lose sight of the NBA Finals' series score. [+]

This widget guarantees you'll know the stakes and the standings, ensuring the basis for your research is up to date and, therefore, accurate.


How To Make Money Betting On NBA Finals

Certain sportsbooks will let you pick an NBA Finals round winner even after the series starts. Not all, but some. When considering these wagers, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.

The first rule of thumb is to toss out betting on the favorites unless the odds are, for some reason, skewed in your favor. This rarely happens, but sometimes, if the initial underdog jumps out to the series lead, or if the series is just at 1-0, the overall odds won't have shifted much from the pre-Finals lines. 

Mostly, though, mid-series bets are for taking a flyer on the underdog.

Like all mid-series playoff bets, you'll want to steer completely clear of picking the underdog when they're trailing 3-0. We don't endorse rolling the dice on a 3-1 hole either. No team has ever relinquished a 3-0 lead, and it's just about the same story for squads that get out to 3-1 advantages.

Any other series deficits give you a chance to lay down some money on declining stock. It's a risk, to be sure, and should only be done when you're comfortable doing it. But if there is ever a time to take these chances it's in the NBA Finals.

After all, you're watching two of the best teams in the league. The gap between them is seldom enormous. Either one should have the potential to beat the other one. So when you see a team fall down 1-0, or 2-0, or 2-1, or 3-2, don't hesitate to at least consider tossing a Finals future play their way.