NBA Playoffs Odds: To Make The Postseason 2023

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The NBA is back and teams are already jockeying for playoff positioning. Here we will diving into NBA Playoffs odds with futures prices for each team to make the playoffs. Teams that were close to locks to make the postseason when this season began had odds around -3000 to make the cut. Fringe playoff teams like the Chicago Bulls were around -130 while longshots like the San Antonio Spurs were +2500.

NBA Playoffs odds

NBA Playoffs odds to make the postseason are available to bet on now. When the postseason comes around, this page will turn into TheLines’ hub for all pro basketball betting action.

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NBA To Make The Playoffs odds

Here are NBA To Make The Playoffs odds for every team. Preseason odds are from October 18.

TeamNBA To Make The Playoffs Odds
Boston Celtics-3500
Milwaukee Bucks-3000
Golden State Warriors-2500
LA Clippers-2500
Brooklyn Nets-2000
Phoenix Suns-2000
Philadelphia 76ers-1000
Miami Heat-800
Memphis Grizzlies -700
Dallas Mavericks-550
Denver Nuggets-550
Cleveland Cavaliers-350
Minnesota Timberwolves-300
Atlanta Hawks-265
Toronto Raptors-265
LA Lakers-245
New Orleans Pelicans-165
Chicago Bulls-130
New York Knicks+170
Portland Trail Blazers+180
Charlotte Hornets+300
Washington Wizards+340
Sacramento Kings+450
Detroit Pistons+850
Orlando Magic+1200
Utah Jazz+2200
Oklahoma City Thunder+2200
Indiana Pacers+2500
San Antonio Spurs+2500
Houston Rockets+2500

Here is a look at what “odds to make the NBA Playoffs” from DraftKings Sportsbook were ahead of last season.

  • Rockets +1600
  • Pacers -175
  • Clippers -285
  • Lakers -3500
  • Grizzlies +110
  • Heat -1000
  • Bucks -8000
  • Timberwolves +600
  • Pelicans +190
  • Knicks -150
  • Thunder +2200
  • Magic +2200
  • 76ers -2000
  • Suns -3500
  • Trail Blazers -250
  • Spurs +1000
  • Kings +380
  • Raptors +280
  • Jazz -1000
  • Wizards +450
  • Celtics -500
  • Hawks -500
  • Mavericks -650
  • Nuggets -650
  • Warriors -600
  • Hornets +175
  • Bulls -185
  • Nets -20000
  • Pistons +200
  • Cavaliers +2000

How does the Play-In Tournament work?

The NBA’s Play-In Tournament 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.

Last season the Lakers clinched the 7 seed in the West by toppling the Warriors and the Celtics secured the 7 seed in the East by beating the Wizards. Washington fared much better in their second Play-In game, thumping the Pacers to land the 8 seed in the East, while the Warriors went 0-2 in the Play-In, falling to Memphis.

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 Bucks might be listed with -250 odds for Game 1, indicating that a $25 bet on the Bucks to win would only profit $10.

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 2020 NBA playoffs, the Lakers were expected to blow past the eighth-seeded Blazers in Game 4 of their series. They were listed as Lakers (-9.5), indicating the Lakers would have to win by double digits for their backers to cash. Conversely, the Blazers (+9.5) would pay out as long as they lost by 9 or fewer points. With no home court advantage in the 2020 NBA playoffs, most point spreads have been small, with plenty hovering around -1.5 or even a “PK” or Pick ‘Em line that functions just like a moneyline.

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.

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 prop bets about whether a player will record a double double, triple double, or hit a certain number of 3-pointers.

Bettors can wager on future outcomes without picking the NBA 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.