Betting On NBA Playoffs Online

The NBA Playoffs are a wonderful time of year—especially for sportsbettors. The best teams are squaring off against one another, the championship picture has narrowed and there are scores of different wagers you’ll be able to make—bets that you wouldn’t be able to typically encounter during the regular season. Normal betting practices are still in effect. You can still bet on individual games using the moneyline, spread and over/under. [+]

And you can still parlay your heart out. Some sportsbooks will even still allow you to bet on which teams will win the NBA title at the end of it all.

The odds typically aren’t as attractive as they would be during the regular season, but your chances of picking the real winner increase exponentionally when there are only 16 or fewer teams from which to choose. 

Prop bets will be the same for the most part as well. Where the betting really starts to diverge from the norm is with round-by-round winners. Certain sportsbooks will allow you bet on the outcome of a given series. Hypothetically speaking: Will the Golden State Warriors beat the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals? You could bet on the winner of that matchup before the series even starts. This puts your wager at the risk of falling victim to sudden injuries, but the odds are usually pretty good. At the very least, it’s another option to consider. And successfull sportsbetting is all about considering your options.

What Are The Current NBA Playoff Standings

These are your official NBA playoff standings. They help give you a picture of the competition outside the round on which you’re betting. Refer to it as frequently as you can.  [+]

Has Team X been playing phenomenal basketball since the playoffs began? Is Team Y struggling entering the Conference Finals? All that, and more, can be gleaned simply by looking at these postseason standings.

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# 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

Betting On The Playoffs Online

When betting on the NBA playoffs, it can be tempting to predict how long a particular series is going to last. Will it go six or more games? Less than six games? Will it be a sweep? Not every sportsbook offers this type of wager, but many do. The odds are typically awesome, which can seduce bettors into making impulsively expensive decisions.

Do not fall in love with these wagers. They are fool’s gold. Any given NBA playoff team can push another to the brink. And almost any given NBA playoff team can dole out a sweep over their opponent. You might think you have a hold on how long a series is going to last, but you don’t. The postseason is a time when the unexpected reigns supreme. Even if you consider a team, such as the Warriors, a lock to win a series, it may take them longer than you project. Or it may not take them as many games as you project. The risk in these scenarios just isn’t worth the reward.

If you’re looking to satisfy a big-picture betting fix at a time when the window of opportunity to do so is smaller, stick with championship futures. The odds won’t be as crazy during the postseason itself, but you’ll have a better handle on which team deserves your bet.

Betting on the outcome of an entire round isn’t a bad idea, either. The NBA is a league where the best team usually wins. But if you see an underdog you strongly believe is primed for an upset, or if you’re high on the favorite, then by all means, pick a series winner. Parlay multiple series winners. Just don’t get caught up in picking specific outcomes—like betting that the Warriors beat the Spurs in five games, for instance.

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