Sportsbooks For NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs are a perfect time to get your sportsbetting, and obviously basketball betting, fix. The field of competitors has narrowed significantly, to 16 teams, and there are new avenues of gambling to keep you interested. Yes, there are the normal bets, too. Spreads, moneylines, overs, unders, parlays, props and, in the case of some sportsbooks, even championship odds are still available to experiment with. But many sites will give you the option of betting round winners. These are like miniature future plays. [+]

Simply pick the team you think will win the series, and presto, you’ll have placed a bet that, typically, has favorable compensatory odds.

The most favorable of these odds, remember, are available before a series starts. Once you get into the matchups, picking round winners isn’t anywhere near as lucrative—unless, of course, you’re investing in the underdog. But more on that shortly.

Best NBA Playoff Sportsbook Odds

Get all the information you need for NBA playoff betting right here. Check out the spreads. The moneylines. The overs. The unders. See which teams are in action.

Lines for every playoff are can be available a day or two in advance. Jump on them as soon as you can. You’ll get the most favorable odds, before they move, the earlier you place a wager. Don’t be afraid to wait, of course, if you’re hoping to hear on the status of an injured player. But if you can, getting your bets in well before tip off is a great idea.

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Wednesday 05 June
Toronto Raptors 21:00 Warriors +170 -196
Friday 07 June
Toronto Raptors 21:00 Warriors

What Are The NBA Playoff Standings Today

This glance at the NBA’s playoff standings is helpful because it lets you plan ahead. The schedule isn’t as hectic during the postseason, especially as you get into the later rounds, but it’s still important to study trends. [+]

How many nights of rest are the teams playing on? Where are they playing? How does either team fare on the road? What about at home?

You’re also able to look back and see the rest of the playoff bracket at a glance, allowing you to suss out winning streaks and losing streaks, and whether or not a team is struggling or playing up to snuff overall. 

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 58 24 9384 8885 0.707
2 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 51 31 9445 9224 0.622
3 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 49 33 9216 8852 0.598
4 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 42 40 9204 9210 0.512
5 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 17 65 8575 9330 0.207
EC - Central Division
1 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 60 22 9686 8959 0.732
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 48 34 8857 8584 0.585
3 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 41 41 8778 8798 0.500
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 22 60 8605 9295 0.268
5 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 19 63 8567 9355 0.232
EC - Southeast Division
1 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 42 40 8800 8742 0.512
2 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 39 43 9081 9171 0.476
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 39 43 8668 8687 0.476
4 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 32 50 9350 9588 0.390
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 29 53 9294 9788 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 54 28 9075 8751 0.659
2 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 53 28 9402 9058 0.646
3 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 50 32 9161 8730 0.610
4 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 49 33 9387 9108 0.598
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 36 46 9223 9346 0.439
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 57 25 9650 9120 0.695
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 48 34 9442 9372 0.585
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 39 43 9363 9455 0.476
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 37 45 9165 9306 0.451
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 18 63 8815 9581 0.232
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 53 29 9341 8950 0.646
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 48 34 9156 9018 0.585
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 33 49 9466 9575 0.402
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8927 9032 0.402
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 33 49 8490 8703 0.402

How To Make Money Betting On NBA Playoffs

Some sportsbooks will let you make super specific bets during the NBA playoffs. Don’t waste your time on those—unless you’re a fan of losing.

Picking how long a series or entire playoff run is going to last ranks among the most difficult wagers out there. It’s harder than even betting championship or conference futures. One game can turn an entire series. One injury can change its course. A single, solitary curve ball could throw the entire matchup for a whirl.

Instead, as previously noted, focus your attention on round winners. Broader bets such as those won’t be as lucrative on their returns, but they’re at least feasible outcomes to predict.

Mid-series bets on round winners are complicated. Unless you’re betting on the underdog, there’s no real incentive to making them. You have to bet too much money on the favorite to win a small sum, and underdogs typically don’t come back once they’re down.

Betting on the underdogs is most acceptable when it’s not a 3-0 situation. It’s not recommended for 3-1, either. As for 3-2 scores, make judgments off how the previous contests went. Other possibilities such as 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 are your prime underdog wagers. More often than not, the trailing team will still lose, but they at least have a better chance of erasing the deficit. So if you feel really confident in a particular squad that finds itself down 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in a series, you can translate that faith into a bet which, should it prove successful, rewards you with a fairly absurd payout.

Investing in over/under gambits for individual games is still encouraged. And do not be discouraged from betting the over. Some people like to say the pace of play slows in the postseason, driving down the score totals by default. That can be true when you’re talking about a series between two physical, lumbering, defense-first teams, but offensive flamethrowers are still offensive flamethrowers. Postseason shootouts are not rare in this day and age.

If you’re going to bet the over/under, it’s a good idea to look at the average total score between the two opponents in question dating back to the regular season and any playoff games they have already played. You can see where that mean falls relative to the night’s over/under, and whether the sportsbooks are being more generous or aggressive with their prediction.

Obviously, your interpretation of these numbers can change if the makeup of either team has been altered a great deal since the regular season. But, if there are no major shakeups to report, dissecting the macro view of things is never, ever going to hurt your chances.