Though the Raptors, Canada’s only NBA team, are very up and down, Canuck, fans of the NBA can access all four rounds of the Playoffs. We shouldn’t get too down on the Raptors, as they have made the postseason five times in their 17-year history. Top rated online sportsbooks have NBA playoff action cover from tip-off through to the final whistle. Spring in North America is prime time for Championship basketball hoop betting action.
The NBA Playoffs are a best-of-seven elimination tournament among 16 teams from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference (eight each conference). The winners of the two conferences face off in the NBA Finals. Since after 2006, the playoff seeding was readjusted where the conference’s two best teams by record are seeded #1 and #2 to avoid the chance either faces the other before the conference finals. Although the NBA Playoffs seem easier to predict than the other sports, upsets still happen on occasion and doing some research on the playoff matchups can help alleviate chances of a losing bet.
NBA Playoffs Betting Trends
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Bet On NBA Playoffs Games
With most sportsbooks offering Live Betting on each Playoff game, quarters and halves wagers increase in importance. Parlays are a popular choice come game-day, as are Game Totals wagers. Paying close to attention to teams with momentum can carry bettors over several games, or even a series, while backing the favorites can prove to be equally fruitful. Anything’s possible – the perfect avenue for long shot bettors!
The balance of power in the NBA can shift from Conference to Conference in any given year, but unlike the NHL, seeding is very important. Eighth-ranked seeds rarely advance and favorites can often waltz to the Conference fFnals, given the right match-ups. Some Playoff teams even sport a losing regular season record. For this reason, smart bettors know to look for the right spreads, not the right match-ups. Although MJ isn’t walking through the door anytime soon, one player can carry an entire team come Playoff time. Bryant, James, Duncan, each year it seems to be a new player assuming Alpha Dog status. Betting on that dog (even on an Underdog team) can be a great strategy. If a team is buying-in on Defense – hook up with the UNDER on Game Total betting!
One-on-one: a surprising fact about the NBA Playoffs is that the #1 seeds from either conference rarely ever face each other. In the last 17 years, both the top seeds from each conference have only met in the NBA Finals twice (2000 and 2008). In those 17 years, only 11 had a #1 seed in the NBA Finals, just as many times as a #2 seed.
Lucky number eight: it hasn’t happened often but at least five 8th seeded teams have upset the #1 team during the NBA playoffs and three happened in recent years. The Denver Nuggets were the first to pull it off in the 1994 playoffs when it was still a best-of-five format. The Warriors in 2007 were the first in a best-of-seven format to pull it off when they upset the mighty Dallas Mavericks who also happened to have the best record at the time.
Prop bets on futures: sometimes the NBA Playoffs can seem so straightforward and you already have a good idea who wins it all. If you’re confident, try making prop bets before the playoffs begin. You can place bets on a variety of “Futures” like who the conference champions will be or who will win the NBA title. You can also place bets on series outcomes from picking the series winner to how many games it will go or how many games the series winner will win by.