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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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 05 March
FT Detroit Pistons 90 - 112 Cleveland Cavaliers +220 -256 Odds
5' 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
5' Blazers 73 - 80 L.A. Lakers -133 +113 Odds
Tuesday 06 March
Philadelphia 76ers 19:00 Charlotte Hornets Odds
Atlanta Hawks 19:00 Toronto Raptors Odds
Miami Heat 19:00 Washington Wizards Odds
Houston Rockets 20:00 Thunder Odds
Denver Nuggets 20:30 Dallas Mavericks Odds
New York Knicks 22:00 Blazers Odds
Brooklyn Nets 22:30 Warriors Odds
Pelicans 22:30 L.A. Clippers Odds
Wednesday 07 March
Utah Jazz 19:00 Indiana Pacers
Toronto Raptors 20:00 Detroit Pistons Odds
Memphis Grizzlies 20:00 Chicago Bulls
Houston Rockets 20:00 Milwaukee Bucks
Pelicans 22:00 Sacramento Kings
Cleveland Cavaliers 22:30 Denver Nuggets Odds
Orlando Magic 22:30 L.A. Lakers
Thursday 08 March
Brooklyn Nets 19:00 Charlotte Hornets
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Miami Heat
Boston Celtics 20:00 Wolves
Phoenix Suns 20:00 Thunder
San Antonio Spurs 22:30 Warriors
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 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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EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 62 45 17 6940 6405 0.726
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 65 45 20 6784 6504 0.692
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 62 34 28 6667 6548 0.548
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 64 24 40 6663 6849 0.375
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 64 20 44 6771 7034 0.313
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 63 37 26 6934 6915 0.587
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 63 36 27 6715 6617 0.571
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 63 34 29 6610 6636 0.540
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 64 29 35 6585 6665 0.453
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 63 21 42 6496 6891 0.333
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 64 36 28 6845 6747 0.563
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 64 34 30 6513 6526 0.531
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 64 28 36 6811 6827 0.438
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 64 20 44 6745 7021 0.313
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 64 20 44 6642 6927 0.313
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 63 37 26 6628 6512 0.587
2 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 66 38 28 7243 7063 0.576
3 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 65 37 28 6926 6746 0.569
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 63 35 28 6846 6775 0.556
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 64 34 30 6573 6462 0.531
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 63 49 14 7313 6777 0.778
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 62 34 28 6766 6696 0.548
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 62 28 34 6721 6821 0.452
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 62 49 13 7067 6520 0.790
2 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 62 36 26 6964 6921 0.581
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 64 37 27 6550 6362 0.578
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 64 19 45 6540 6727 0.297
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 63 18 45 6232 6523 0.286

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.