Sportsbooks For NBA Finals

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.

Best NBA Finals Sportsbook Odds

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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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 05 March
FT Detroit Pistons 90 - 112 Cleveland Cavaliers +220 -256 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 89 - 92 Indiana Pacers +115 -135 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 103 - 125 Miami Heat +405 -500 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 105 - 89 Chicago Bulls -303 +255 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 98 - 100 San Antonio Spurs +750 -1111 Odds
FT Orlando Magic 80 - 94 Utah Jazz +445 -556 Odds
FT Blazers 108 - 103 L.A. Lakers -133 +113 Odds
Tuesday 06 March
FT Philadelphia 76ers 128 - 114 Charlotte Hornets -135 +115 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 90 - 106 Toronto Raptors +825 -1250 Odds
AOT Miami Heat 113 - 117 Washington Wizards +155 -175 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 122 - 112 Thunder -227 +195 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 107 - 118 Dallas Mavericks -278 +230 Odds
FT New York Knicks 87 - 111 Blazers +410 -500 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 101 - 114 Warriors Odds
FT Pelicans 121 - 116 L.A. Clippers +105 -125 Odds
Wednesday 07 March
FT Utah Jazz 104 - 84 Indiana Pacers -120 +100 Odds
AOT Toronto Raptors 121 - 119 Detroit Pistons -189 +165 Odds
FT Memphis Grizzlies 110 - 119 Chicago Bulls +150 -169 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 110 - 99 Milwaukee Bucks -256 +220 Odds
460' Pelicans 91 - 80 Sacramento Kings -256 +220 Odds
624' Cleveland Cavaliers 70 - 63 Denver Nuggets +136 -156 Odds
378' Orlando Magic 64 - 70 L.A. Lakers +230 -278 Odds
Thursday 08 March
Brooklyn Nets 19:00 Charlotte Hornets Odds
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Miami Heat Odds
Boston Celtics 20:00 Wolves Odds
Phoenix Suns 20:00 Thunder Odds
San Antonio Spurs 22:30 Warriors Odds
Friday 09 March
Atlanta Hawks 19:00 Indiana Pacers
Chicago Bulls 19:00 Detroit Pistons
Houston Rockets 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Utah Jazz 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies
New York Knicks 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Washington Wizards 20:00 Pelicans
L.A. Lakers 21:00 Denver Nuggets
Warriors 22:00 Blazers
Orlando Magic 22:00 Sacramento Kings
Cleveland Cavaliers 22:30 L.A. Clippers
Saturday 10 March
Phoenix Suns 17:00 Charlotte Hornets
Washington Wizards 19:30 Miami Heat
Memphis Grizzlies 20:30 Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs 20:30 Thunder
Orlando Magic 22:30 L.A. Clippers
Sunday 11 March
Toronto Raptors 13:00 New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls 15:30 Atlanta Hawks
Warriors 15:30 Wolves
Utah Jazz 16:00 Pelicans
Sacramento Kings 17:00 Denver Nuggets
Houston Rockets 19:00 Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers 19:30 Boston Celtics
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Brooklyn Nets
Cleveland Cavaliers 21:00 L.A. Lakers

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.

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EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 64 47 17 7167 6614 0.734
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 65 45 20 6784 6504 0.692
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 63 35 28 6795 6662 0.556
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 65 24 41 6750 6960 0.369
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 65 20 45 6872 7148 0.308
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 63 37 26 6934 6915 0.587
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 65 37 28 6891 6810 0.569
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 65 34 31 6798 6838 0.523
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 65 29 36 6704 6786 0.446
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 64 22 42 6615 7001 0.344
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 65 37 28 6962 6860 0.569
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 65 34 31 6626 6643 0.523
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 65 28 37 6925 6955 0.431
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 64 20 44 6745 7021 0.313
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 65 20 45 6732 7033 0.308
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 65 39 26 6847 6702 0.600
2 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 66 38 28 7243 7063 0.576
3 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 66 37 29 7038 6868 0.561
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 64 35 29 6953 6893 0.547
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 65 35 30 6677 6546 0.538
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 64 50 14 7427 6878 0.781
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 63 34 29 6882 6817 0.540
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 63 28 35 6824 6929 0.444
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 64 20 44 6349 6849 0.313
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 66 19 47 6907 7480 0.288
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 64 51 13 7299 6731 0.797
2 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 63 37 26 7085 7037 0.587
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 64 37 27 6550 6362 0.578
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 65 20 45 6658 6834 0.308
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 64 18 46 6342 6642 0.281

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.