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 59 23 9156 8518 0.720
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 55 27 8529 8235 0.671
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 52 30 9004 8635 0.634
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 29 53 8566 8858 0.354
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 28 54 8741 9048 0.341
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 50 32 9091 9014 0.610
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 48 34 8656 8543 0.585
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 44 38 8731 8756 0.537
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 39 43 8509 8521 0.476
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 27 55 8440 9017 0.329
EC - Southeast Division
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 44 38 8480 8441 0.537
2 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 43 39 8742 8694 0.524
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8874 8853 0.439
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 25 57 8479 8874 0.305
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 24 58 8475 8922 0.293
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 49 33 8661 8448 0.598
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 48 34 8844 8564 0.585
3 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 48 34 8540 8187 0.585
4 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 47 35 8980 8797 0.573
5 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 46 36 9020 8899 0.561
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 58 24 9304 8814 0.707
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 42 40 8937 8934 0.512
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 35 47 8862 8989 0.427
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 27 55 8104 8677 0.329
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 21 61 8522 9290 0.256
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 65 17 9213 8518 0.793
2 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 48 34 9161 9054 0.585
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 47 35 8424 8187 0.573
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 24 58 8390 8639 0.293
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 22 60 8145 8654 0.268

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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