Betting The NBA Conference Finals at Online Sportsbooks
It is time to get serious when it comes to betting the NBA playoffs at your favorite online sportsbook. The league’s version of the Final Four is now in place ahead of the start of this year’s best-of-seven conference finals.
From the opening round, things have pretty much gone chalk to this point. The top two seeds in the Eastern Conference have advanced to the finals with the No. 2 Toronto Raptors facing the No. 1 Milwaukee Bucks for one spot in the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors will be making their fifth-straight trip to the finals in the Western Conference as the top seed. They will face the No. 3 Portland Trail Blazers fresh off their thrilling seven-game series against the No. 2 Denver Nuggets. Portland was the only NBA team to win a playoff series this season as an underdog.
Betting the NBA Series Price- Eastern Conference
The Bucks needed a grand total of nine games to advance to this round. After sweeping the Detroit Pistons in four victories by double figures, they eliminated the No. 4 Boston Celtics in five games. Three of those four wins were also by a double-digit margin of victory. Given this dominant level of play after posting the best straight-up record in the NBA regular season (60-22), Milwaukee has been opened as a -280 favorite to advance onto the championship round.
Toronto was two games in back of Milwaukee in the final standings at 58-24 as the No. 2 seed. The Raptors got past Orlando in the opening round in five games after losing the series opener at home. They needed the full seven games to eliminate the pesky No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers in the conference semifinals. That whole series came down to a miracle game-winning shot in Game 7 by Kawhi Leonard as time expired. Toronto’s series price odds to make its first trip to the NBA Finals in franchise history have been set at +230.
The Bucks should go on and win this series in five or six games, but the risk verse the value given their series price odds remains rather high. The best course of action is to ride out Game 1 hoping for a Toronto upset. This would make the adjusted series price for the Bucks at most online sportsbooks much more attractive.
Betting the NBA Series Price- Western Conference
When you have a team going for its fourth NBA title in five seasons, you would expect it to be a heavy favorite to win its own conference title. The opening series price odds for Golden State are set at -540. The lone caveat in the situation is the health of Kevin Durant’s left calf. He strained it in a Game 5 win against Houston before missing Game 6. He is officially listed as day-to-day for Tuesday’s series opener in Golden State. Without Durant, the Warriors did not skip a beat in last Friday’s 118-113 victory against the Rockets as 7.5-point road underdogs to seal the 4-2 series win.
Portland’s road to the conference finals in the West started with an impressive 4-1 series victory against the Northwest Division rival Oklahoma City Thunder with more than one NBA expert backing the Thunder in that matchup. The Trail Blazers sealed their first trip to the conference finals since 1999 with Sunday’s 100-96 victory as 5.5-point road underdogs. Their series price odds against Golden State are set at +395.
Similar to the matchup in the East, it would be hard to go against the Warriors, but the current value in their odds is not there. Even if they lost Game 1 on Wednesday night as eight-point home favorites, the series price would remain high. This bet remains one to watch as the series wears on a few games.