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NBA Playoffs Betting Tips

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Find our free predictions for betting on the NBA 2020/21 season as well as tips and forecasts for each upcoming matchday. Full information for your sports bets.

NBA 2020-21 Season

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most popular basketball leagues in the world, and pits some of the best players and franchises in the world against each other season after season. This American basketball championship is divided into two separate conferences - East and West - with 16 play-off places up for grabs. The top six teams in each conference automatically qualify for the play-offs. To determine the other four teams, a play-in will take place. This sees the teams finishing seventh and eighth in each conference facing each other, the winner goes into the play-offs. It's not all over for the team who came eighth though. They take on the winners of a match between the sides finishing ninth and tenth in each conference, with the winners going into the play-offs. The 16 qualified teams then battle it out to determine the 2020/21 NBA champions. Will the Los Angeles Lakers be able to retain their title, only time will tell.

Important Dates

  • December 22 to May 16 - Regular Season
  • May 18-21 - Play-Ins
  • May 22 - July 6 - Play-offs
  • July 8-22 - Final

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Expert Advice for your NBA predictions


Before creating an NBA prediction, there are several important figures and statistics that you will need to take into account. As we are sure you already know, the American basketball championship is considered to be the most spectacular in the discipline. Each season, NBA matches regularly see scorelines exceed the 210-point mark, a contrast to other basketball leagues which struggle to provide games with over 150 points. When considering an NBA bet on this type of market, aim for a quite high scoreboard total - with bets on ‘+209.5 points’ and ‘+201.5 points’ often offered at attractive odds, it would be a shame to miss out!

The NBA always offers a spectacle to viewers, and last season was no exception. If we look at the statistics, we can see that teams from both the Western and the Eastern conference have racked up the points. During the 2018/19 season an average of 110.1 points were scored per game by Eastern Conference sides, while an average of 112.2 points were scored by Western teams. This data confirms that a bet on high NBA scores is a reliable option for NBA predictions. 

Beyond the points show, the home advantage is not to be underestimated in the NBA. You probably already know that the bookmakers usually offer attractive odds on the victory of the away side - but don’t fall into this trap! With the exceptions of heavyweights like the Warriors or the Rockets, it is generally the home side that sees victory in the NBA Championship. Last season saw 59% of victories go to the hosts - which averages out at almost 6 in 10 games. When you know that a draw is impossible due to automatic overtime, you will usually have good chance of a winning bet by backing the home team.

The final key statistic for your NBA predictions is that the points difference is generally consistent for games over the course of the season. During the 2018/19 regular season, an average of 10 points difference per game was recorded on the final scoreboard in both Conferences. As long as you analyse the strength of each side, the current form of each team and their starting five, this market could offer some interesting gains for your kitty. Handicap offers are also systematically offered by the betting sites, so you know what to expect.

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How to forecast the results of NBA games


Now that you know all of the key statistics that concern NBA betting, let’s take a look at some of the other parameters to consider before finalising your basketball predictions. Firstly, you will need to account for the form of each team, and of the key players on each side, to ensure a reliable prediction. Take the example of a Texas Derby between the San Antonio Spurs and the Houston Rockets. If James Harden picks up an injury just days before the game is due to be played, then it might be best to avoid a prediction on the Rockets - even if the odds still look to be favourable. This reasoning should be applied to all NBA games when making your prediction - as star players can make the difference for a team in the American Basketball Championships. 

Secondly, for a competition such as the NBA, it will also be important to consider the motivation of both teams involved in the match of your choice. Do they really need this win? Is there a real stake in the game for both franchises? These are the questions you need to ask before making your NBA predictions. A bet on ‘+225 points’, for example, will have less chance of being validated in a game involving a side who has a more important fixture the following week, than in a game between two sides at the top of their conference.

Last but not least, it will always be crucial to compare odds before placing your NBA bets. Whether you want to bet on the Houston Rockets, the Boston Celtic, Brooklyn Nets, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, the Toronto Raptors (who this season will be playing their games in Tampa, Florida), the Milwaukee Bucks or the Chicago Bulls, you will have the opportunity to benefit from the competition amongst bookmakers and find the best odds on which to wager your money. Nothing could be more simple, all you have to do is register an account with all of the best betting sites on the market - that way you can be sure that you can always bet on the best odds on the market. If, for example, you want to bet on the Warriors to beat the Blazers then it will be much better for you to bet on the odds of 3/5 offered at Bet365 than those of 1/2 offered by William Hill. In the long run, your kitty will inevitably reap the rewards.

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How You can Bet on the NBA

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As well as betting on each game of the NBA, you can also bet on the overall standings of both Conferences each season. The interest of betting on this market: to benefit from significant gains in the long run. Some of the markets that you can bet on include the teams that will finish as Conference Champions, who will be crowned the champions of the NBA, or who will win the biggest series' in the tournament (e.g. that Houston will beat San Antonio). The odds offered by the bookmakers are usually favourable, so don’t hesitate to to enjoy yourself by trying out a few predictions - especially when you use the William Hill promo code, the Unibet sign up offer, and the Bet at home signup offer

To be successful in your outright NBA predictions, there are a few parameters that you will need to take into account before betting. Some of these factors include the real motivation of each NBA side (coaches statements, key players etc.), the overall fixtures calendar and the complete roster of each team. The quality of an NBA side outside of their starting five will be particularly important when betting on basketball - which is especially true in the NBA.

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Our free predictions for the NBA 2020/21


The 2020/21 season has slightly been delayed but hopefuly won't have any further delays over the next seven months. The LA Lakers will be defending the title that they won when beating the Miami Heat 4-2 in the 2019/20 final.

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Current Betting Odds on Who Will Win the NBA 

  • LA Clippers Lakers - 11/4
  • Brooklyn Nets - 11/2
  • Los Angeles Clippers - 6/1
  • Milwaukee Bucks - 6/1
  • Boston Celtics - 15/1
  • Philadelphia 76ers - 15/1
  • Miami Heat - 16/1
  • Houston Rockets - 12/1
  • Toronto Raptors - 20/1

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