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How and Where to Bet for NBA Playoffs 2018

NBA betting has steadily grown thanks to the worldwide television coverage the sport has gained, with tens of millions able to watch live basketball matches at any time.

All the major bookmakers provide NBA basketball odds for the sport, with

match markets, points handicapping, individual player markets and much more available, as well as live in-play betting.

As mobile betting becomes popular, especially for in-play markets, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on specific mobile based NBA betting offers, with bookmakers offering excellent enhancements including NBA basketball free bets from time to time to entice customers.

When are the 2018 NBA Basketball Playoffs?

The 2018 NBA Basketball Playoffs started on April 14th, 2018, and the 2018 Finals are set to start on May 31st 2018.

The end date for the NBA Playoffs will be sooner if the best-of-seven series does not go the full seven games.

Who Will be the Main Contenders?

In team sports, form and momentum are a huge marker with victories not only enhancing a team’s confidence, but cementing their position as one of the favourites to win the overall NBA Basketball Championship.

The favourites for the overall title are the Golden State Warriors, led by Kevin Durant and Steph Curry.

They face the Cleveland Cavaliers in the final, with LeBron James leading them from the front.

NBA Playoffs Betting Odds

NBA Playoff betting is initially limited by the regular season games, as teams fight to qualify for the business end of the year, however once the sixteen places in the Playoffs have been filled, NBA Championship betting odds and “Name The Finalists” betting are joined by the regular match betting, series betting and individual player markets once again, with plenty of NBA free bets and basketball betting offers available.

At the time of writing, the overall NBA Championship favourites are the Golden State Warriors at 1/10, with the Cleveland Cavaliers at 13/2.

NBA Finals Updates

Game 3 – 7/6/2018: Although the series moved east to Cleveland, the result of Game 3 was similar to the rest of the series with a Warriors win (110-102) and a 3-0 lead in the series. Kevin Durant scored a huge three-pointer in the last minute of the game to finish with 43 points and his team are one win away from their 3rd championship in four years. Lebron James (33 points), Kevin Love (20 points) and J.R. Smith (13 points) will try to avoid the sweep on Friday night.

Game 2 – 4/6/2018: If people had doubts regarding Steph Curry over the last year, the Golden State Warriors superstar put on a show and reminded us all that he is still the best shooter in the game. Curry broke the NBA Finals record for three-pointers made in a game with 9 shots from downtown and overall he finished with 33 points in the Warriors 122-103 win over Cleveland Cavaliers. On the other side, Lebron James answered with 29 points, 13 assists and 9 rebounds but his team had no solutions to the Warriors’ deep threat. The next two games in the series will be in Cleveland but the Warriors are still the favourites win Game 3 with 1/2 at William Hill.

Game 1 – 1/6/2018: Golden State Warriors took Game 1 of the NBA Finals after beating Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime 124-114. Lebron James had a sensational night posting 51 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists but the Cavs ran out of breath in overtime. Cleveland could have clinched the road win with 4.7 seconds left on the clock but George Hill missed his 2nd free throw and J.R. Smith, who grabbed the rebound, mysteriously ran the clock out instead of taking a shot. Three players on the Warriors scored over 20 points – Thompson (24 points), Durant (26 points) and Curry (29 points), and they would like to keep the good scoring form on Game 2.

NBA Playoffs Betting Tips

NBA Playoffs betting can be a difficult place to find value, with bookmakers using a season’s worth of results to calculate fairly accurate basketball odds.

However, with so much data at our fingertips, punters also have a great opportunity to beat the bookies themselves. It is worth bearing in mind that the NBA, like most American sports, rely heavily on statistics, with its own website providing lots of information, including NBA results, team and player performances, league leaders and general form guides for teams.

Does a team struggle away from home? Are they good in defence? Any questions can be answered with minimal research and with the NBA Playoffs a general best-of-seven series, individual match betting maybe the best way to making small profits for those unsure about the bigger picture.

It is also worth keeping an eye on the major bookmakers basketball betting offers, with several offering NBA Basketball free bets after making several qualifying bets on their websites, this can sometimes be found under an offer for “American Sports”.

 Where to Watch the 2018 NBA Basketball Playoffs?

Short of flying over to the United States for games, most spectators will be able to watch the NBA Playoffs via the UK’s dedicated sports channels, with Sky Sports, BT Sport and ESPN all showing matches during the NBA Playoff season.

Those who are out and about can keep up to date via their mobile phones, with score updates and news never more than a click away.

About NBA Basketball Playoffs

The NBA Basketball Playoffs are a knock-out based tournament played out by a total of sixteen teams, with the top eight sides from both the Eastern and Western Conference‘s regular basketball season entering at this stage.

Each set of eight sides plays to become Conference champion, with the two victors meeting in a final best-of-seven series to become the NBA Champions.

The very first NBA Playoffs were way back in 1947, with the Philadelphia Warriors credited as the first ever NBA Champions. The team which has made the most appearances in the NBA Playoffs are the Los Angeles Lakers with a total of sixty.