NBA Playoffs Odds | To Make The Postseason

NBA Playoffs odds playoff

The 2023 – 2024 NBA season is underway. NBA Playoffs odds in the form of odds to make the postseason for every team have been made available. This page will also serve as TheLines’ hub for NBA playoff game lines during the spring months.

NBA Playoffs odds

Check out NBA Playoffs odds here. We have odds to make the postseason for each team. Also be sure to check out the best betting sites available.

Fringe playoff teams like the OKC Thunder typically have NBA Playoffs odds around -136 to make the postseason and +106 to miss the postseason. Playoff locks like the Milwaukee Bucks will be around -20000 to make the playoffs and +2500 to miss.

BASketball PLAYOFFS ODDS

Here is what the odds to make the basketball playoffs stand prior to the NBA preseason. We will monitor the NBA odds movement throughout the 2023-2024 season.

TeamNBA Odds to Make the Playoffs September 28
Atlanta Hawks Yes -210, No +162
Boston CelticsYes -8000, No +1800
Brooklyn Nets Yes +142, No -184
Charlotte HornetsYes +680, No -1400
Chicago Bulls Yes +168, No -220
Cleveland Cavaliers Yes -1200, No +680
Dallas Mavericks Yes -215, No +162
Denver Nuggets Yes -2000, No +830
Detroit Pistons Yes +1100, No -4000
Golden State Warriors Yes -430, No +300
Houston RocketsYes +800, No -1800
Indiana Pacers Yes +126, No -164
Los Angeles Clippers Yes -260, No +196
Los Angeles Lakers Yes -430, No +280
Memphis Grizzlies Yes -230, No +176
Miami HeatYes -520, No +350
Milwaukee Bucks Yes -20000, No +2500
Minnesota Timberwolves Yes -130, No +102
New Orleans Pelicans Yes -148, No +116
New York Knicks Yes -355, No +270
Oklahoma City Thunder Yes -136, No +106
Orlando Magic Yes +180, No -235
Philadelphia 76ers Yes -1000, No +560
Phoenix Suns Yes -3000, No +1000
Portland Trail Blazers Yes +1100, No -4000
Sacremento Kings Yes -235, No +180
San Antonio Spurs Yes +1100, No -4000
Toronto RaptorsYes +144, No -186
Utah Jazz Yes +420, No -670
Washington Wizards Yes +1300, No -4500

HOW DOES THE PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT WORK?

The NBA’s Play-In Tournament annually takes place right before the start of the traditional postseason. The tourney decides the 7 and 8 seeds in the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

The format gives an advantage to the teams with higher regular season winning percentages as the teams with the seventh-highest and eighth-highest winning percentages each get two chances to win one game to earn a playoff berth. Teams with the ninth-highest and 10th-highest winning percentages in each conference have to nab two straight victories to earn a place in the traditional postseason under the format.

The Heat and Lakers were the most successful teams to advance out of the Play-In round in 2023.

Miami actually dropped its first Play-In game as it fell to the Hawks, 116-105. Jimmy Butler’s squad then took on the Bulls for the rights to the 8 seed in the East. The Heat toppled Chicago, 102-91. They then pulled off an all-time upset in the first round by taking down the 1-seeded Bucks. Miami became the first team in NBA history to advance all the way to the NBA Finals after playing in the Play-In tournament.

The Lakers, meanwhile, had to go to OT against Minnesota in the Play-In round but escaped with a 108-102 win to snag the 7 seed in the West. LeBron’s Lakers then went on to upset the 2-seeded Grizzlies in the first round.

WHAT ARE NBA FUTURES?

In betting terms, “futures,” usually refer to wagers with a season-long outcome such as the NBA champion, NBA division winner, or individual award winners. Prior to the season, it’s possible to bet Over or Under on Team Win totals, i.e. the number of games a team is expected to win during the regular season.

Due to the shortened season, bets on Win Totals and division winners have been rendered null and void with the investment going back to bettors.

HOW TO BET THE NBA PLAYOFFS

Betting on a potential outcome such as the NBA champion is known as a futures bet. There are several other ways to bet on individual games in the NBA Playoffs including taking the winner on the moneyline. This is the simplest way to bet, but the favored team will always have negative odds to encourage action on both sides. For example, if the Bucks face the Nuggets in the first game of the NBA Finals, the Nuggets might be listed with -250 odds for Game 1, indicating that a $25 bet on the Nuggets to win would only profit $10.

Betting NBA Spreads

If you want a better chance at even money, you’ll have to bet the point spread for a game. The spread is set based on a number that oddsmakers feel will encourage action on both sides of the line. Taking an example from the first round of the 2023 NBA playoffs, the Celtics were expected to blow past the seventh-seeded Hawks in Game 1 of their series. They were listed as Celtics (-8.5), indicating the Celtics would have to win by nine points or more for their backers to cash. Conversely, the Hawks (+8.5) would pay out as long as they lost by 8 or fewer points. 

Betting NBA Totals

Since NBA games often finish in scattered fashion with late buckets and free throws, you may not feel as confident about choosing a winner or betting the spread. If so, you can get some action on the point total or over/under. The total refers to the combined score between two opponents and in today’s NBA, it usually ranges between 205 and 230 points. For example, if a line between the Knicks and Hawks is set at 222.5 and the Knicks defeat the Hawks, 112-110, the Under is successful. These lines are set depending on the typical pace and style of each opponent while accounting for things like home-court advantage and back-to-back scheduling. Those factors are almost completely irrelevant in this year’s playoffs, so betting the point total will be all about matchups.

Betting NBA Props

It’s also possible to bet on the prospects of individual players in the form of proposition bets. This is an excellent way to strategize while betting on the NBA since certain players thrive in certain matchups and it can be predictable which nights they will give their absolute best effort. If the Lakers are playing a Game 7 in the WCF, you can certainly target a proposition on LeBron James going Over 46.5 combined points, rebounds, and assists. If James posts a relatively typical line of 27 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds, the Over would cash. There are also novel NBA prop bets about whether a player will record a double-double, triple-double, or hit a certain number of 3-pointers.

Betting NBA Finals Champion

Bettors can wager on future outcomes without picking the NBA Finals champion since each playoff series will have a series line. For example, the No.3-seeded Bucks were listed with -310 odds to defeat the Miami Heat in the first round, but if you felt Miami matched up well against Milwaukee, you could get plus odds on the Heat winning that series (+240). These odds will change after each result with the team leading the series getting a significant bump as the favorite.