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How to Bet on the NBA Playoffs

   How to Bet on the NBA Playoffs

April 29, 2019

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Betting on the NBA is becoming more popular but not all the bettors are familiar with NBA and find it difficult to make a profit out of it. Read on to find out how to bet on the NBA playoffs which are in full swing right now.

In this article, we will explain how to bet on the NBA playoffs and the broad range of odds available with pretty much every bookmaker. There are various ways to bet on the NBA; starting from more traditional bets to props and futures. Check out to see how to make profit and games you can bet on.

The most common bets on the NBA are the moneyline, totals, and points spread but considering that the NBA playoffs are playing at the moment, you can also pick a winner of particular series, winner of conferences, and also a winner of the NBA championship.

Moneyline Betting

To get things started, you must know that underdog will always be expressed with a plus sign (+), while favorites are marked with a minus sign (-). The moneyline is a bet in which you can pick a winner. For example, Toronto Raptors opened Round 2 series with Philadelphia 76ers with a 108-95 victory and are favorites at -270 to get another win, while the Sixers are underdogs at +220.

Now, if you want to bet on the Raptors, you would need to wager $270 to win $100. Betting on underdogs is certainly riskier but in case you opt for Philadelphia, you would need to wager $100 to win $220. Considering the risk, it is not very smart to bet $100 on underdogs, so you should put less money if you’re going with Philadelphia in this one.

Betting on Totals

Plenty of bettors who prefer betting on NBA games are going with totals, which means you predict whether a game will go OVER or UNDER in points. For example, the total for the game between Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers is set at 216. If you go with the OVER, it means you need total combined points to be more than 216 to win the bet. If you pick the UNDER, you need the total points to be 218 or less to make a profit. We also have pushes, which is the situation when the game total is the exact number set by the bookmaker, in this case, 216. So, if Denver and Portland produce exactly 216 points, your stake will be returned.

Point Spread

stephen curryIf you don’t want to pick a winner using moneyline bet, the point spread gives bettors an option to bet on the weaker team and still win the bet even if that teams lose. It also means that you don’t have necessarily to win the bet even if you backed favorite who ends up with a win. For example, Golden State Warriors were -6.5 favorites to beat Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semis but they won 104-100, which means even if you backed Golden State, you lost the bet because they didn’t win by seven or more points. On the other hand, if you backed the Rockets, you won the bet despite Houston’s defeat because they lost by just four-point difference instead of 7+.

Props and Futures

The NBA playoffs are in full swing and at the moment, you can pick between the winner of a particular series, winner of conference, or the winner of the NBA championship. Right now, the Golden State Warriors are the biggest favorites to win the ring at -188, while Portland Trail Blazers are massive underdogs at +3300. Betting on the Warriors, who are expected to win their third straight title, will not bring you big profit but if you go with the Blazers, you can make a little fortune considering high odds on Damian Lillard and co. When it comes to props, the bookmakers are offering a variety of games such as highest scoring half, alternative game total, alternative points spread, winning margins, race to 20 points, and so on. However, if you are new in betting on the NBA, it is probably best to stick to moneyline, point spread, and totals.

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