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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.