Betting On NBA Finals Online

The NBA Finals are a sports bettor’s final opportunity to close their NBA gambling season on a high. The league’s 30 teams were whittled down to 16 to start the playoffs. And of those 16, only two remain. You’ve presumably seen more of these two teams than any other squads at this point. They have, after all, played the most games. That should make it easier for you to place whatever bets you please. You’ll know the right wager when you see it. [+]

Finding that right wager is just a tad more difficult than normal. Since you’re dealing with only two teams, there is a finite number of plays you can make. Religious bettors need to follow the spread, moneyline and over/under for every game. And everyone should be aware of the overall favorite entering the NBA Finals. 

Sportsbooks will sometimes let you bet on a series winner after the NBA Finals are already underway, but the odds are typically crud unless you’re betting on the underdog. The most sizable returns on entire series bets can be found before it actually begins.

Neither participant has pulled away from the other by that point. These are, as the playoffs determined, the two best teams in the league. One isn’t going to be head-and-shoulders better than the other. If one team is heavily favored before NBA Finals even starts, that’s your cue to avoid series bets altogether. You are still free to roll with the underdog, but it should be for a rational amount of money—funds you are prepared to move on without if you lose.

What Is The Current NBA Finals Matchup

Here is the current NBA Finals matchup, which is perhaps the most important, albeit obvious, information you’ll need to synthesize. It’s the series we’ve all been waiting for.  [+]

There is usually a lull in action after the Conference Finals before the NBA Finals gets underway. This is time you should wisely. How did Team A and Team B fair through their first three playoff matchups? How do these rosters stack up against one another? Is either team dealing with a notable injury? Is one outfit heavily favored over the other? Is the underdog really that much of an underdog? What happened when these two factions met during the regular season?

Questions like those, among others, need to be asked, so that you can adequately arm yourself with the knowledge to make the best possible wagers both before and during the NBA Finals.

NBA
NBA
# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 26 22 4 2716 2528 0.846
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 22 15 7 2454 2290 0.682
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 24 13 11 2592 2593 0.542
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 24 12 12 2491 2487 0.500
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 23 9 14 2525 2582 0.391
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 25 18 7 2777 2690 0.720
2 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 24 14 10 2503 2465 0.583
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 23 13 10 2371 2393 0.565
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 25 14 11 2711 2684 0.560
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 23 3 20 2200 2457 0.130
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 25 14 11 2655 2591 0.560
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 24 11 13 2405 2501 0.458
3 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 26 11 15 2796 2882 0.423
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 23 9 14 2406 2442 0.391
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 24 5 19 2468 2607 0.208
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 26 15 11 2795 2778 0.577
2 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 24 13 11 2466 2406 0.542
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 24 13 11 2571 2584 0.542
4 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 25 13 12 2582 2469 0.520
5 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 23 11 12 2347 2273 0.478
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 26 20 6 3063 2766 0.769
2 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 24 9 15 2540 2619 0.375
3 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 23 8 15 2414 2477 0.348
4 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 27 9 18 2897 3116 0.333
5 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 24 7 17 2295 2531 0.292
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 22 18 4 2510 2260 0.818
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 25 17 8 2532 2433 0.680
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 25 13 12 2736 2756 0.520
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 24 8 16 2345 2423 0.333
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 25 7 18 2508 2588 0.280

NBA Finals Online Betting Tips

Series leads and deficits are pivotal parts of NBA Finals betting. And if you play your cards right, you can use those leads and deficits to your financial advantage.

Teams that win the first game of the NBA Finals typically go on to win the entire thing. Teams that jump out to 2-0 and 2-1 leads in these best-of-seven square dances almost never don’t win the entire thing. This is something to keep in mind when making mid-series game bets and, most importantly, mid-series round bets.

It’s safer, obviously, to ride the team that jumps out to a lead. But if the games have been close, if the odds didn’t heavily favor one team ahead of the series, or if it’s the initial favorite that finds itself in a hole, you have a unique opportunity to ride the underdog. Again, some sportsbooks will let you pick a series winner after the NBA Finals has started, and the return on underdog bets will be huge. 

Only go this route if you’re absolute sure the series isn’t over. A team that was a distant underdog to begin with that falls behind in this best-of-seven matchup isn’t a good bet. Likewise, no team in NBA history has ever erased a 3-0 series deficit. If you encounter such a hole in the NBA Finals, bet on the favorite. The underdog isn’t worth your consideration—or, more importantly, your money.

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