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2024 NBA Postseason Betting Tips

By Hank Blaine

The NBA Playoffs is just about here. The final day of the Association’s regular season is April 14. The play-in tournament starts a few days later and then on Saturday, April 20, the 2024 NBA Playoffs tips. Heading into the postseason, as basketball betting fans, we should keep a few things in mind to ensure profit. Check out NBA betting tips to make sure the NBA Playoffs pad our bankrolls.

NBA Betting Tips Heading into the 2024 Postseason

The NBA Playoffs favor home teams

Easy enough, right? Not so easy when a home team offers a -10 to -12 spread against a fellow playoff team. There will be many games this NBA Playoffs where we want to take the points on a road dog.

Although road dogs can cover and sometimes even win outright, the truth is that in most cases, home squads in the NBA postseason have massive edges. Home teams cover and win much more in the NBA than they do in almost any other sport.

Look to put money behind squads with a superstar player

The NBA Regular Season is about team cohesiveness. But in the playoffs, it’s all about superstar players. Squads like the Clippers, which boast three superstars in Paul George, James Harden, and Kawhi Leonard, have an edge over teams without a true superstar.

Players like LeBron James, Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic, and Jayson Tatum step it up in the playoffs. Giannis Antetokounmpo should have a massive playoff.

Don’t read too much into the NBA Play-in Tournament winners

It’s rare that an NBA Play-in Tournament team makes it to either the conference finals or the NBA Finals. The Heat did it a few years back, but Jimmy Butler was unstoppable.

JB and the Heat won’t do it this season because if Miami wins the play-in tournament, they’d have to go through Boston or Milwaukee in the first round, and that won’t happen in 2024.

Look to back top seeds to cover at home

The top seeds rise to, well, the top. At home, top seeds often cover. Dejection sets in on the other bench after the Nuggets, as an example, run out to a 20 point first half lead.

There is a caveat to this. Two of the top three current seeds in the West, the T’Wolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder, lack playoff experience. So back home teams to cover with experience, or if the team lacks experience, make sure they’re against an opponent that doesn’t match up well.

If an upset is going to happen, it will usually happen due to injury or a team taking a night off

Top seeds that run out to 2-0 or 3–0 leads sometimes take a night off to rest up for the next series. The reason is that a while ago, the Association went to a 7-game series format every round.

That’s a ton of basketball after an 82-game regular season. Denver and Milwaukee won’t play Nikola Jokic and Giannis respectively 40 to 48 minutes every night in every playoff game. Be wary of coaches sitting star players when their teams build a series lead.

An underdog winning the NBA Finals is rare. So don’t push for the dog future bet

An underdog winning the NBA Finals doesn’t happen. Unlike the NCAA Tournament where if you lose a single game you’re out, in the NBA Playoffs, teams play in series.

You must win 4 games in every series to win the series. So unless the favored team in a series shows up with injuries, often, the chalk takes the series. Even going down 0-2 is no big deal if you’re star players are healthy. Don’t push for the underdog future bet. Heck, don’t go against the Celtics to win the title unless you’ve got a perfect reason.

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