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 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

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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