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  • The Boston Celtics are favorites to win the 2023/24 NBA Finals at −800 odds
  • The Boston Celtics are 3.0 point underdogs at the Dallas Mavericks on June 13, 2024. The Over-Under Total is 213.5 Points
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NBA Finals Betting News

Best Mavericks player prop bets to consider for Game 3 of 2024 NBA Finals vs. Celtics
3:52 PM · Jun 12, 2024
The Dallas Mavericks return home for Game 3 of the NBA Finals staring at a 2-0 deficit against the Boston Celtics, making Wednesday’s contest effectively a must-win situation. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a playoff series, so Dallas has to protect its home floor and show some sign of life to have a chance in the Finals.
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Author(s): Chinmay Vaidya. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
NBA Best Bets Today: DK Network Betting Group Picks for June 12 on DraftKings Sportsbook
3:38 PM · Jun 12, 2024
DraftKings analysts give their top NBA bets in the DK Network betting group for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
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Author(s): DK.Network.Editors. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Best Celtics player prop bets to consider for Game 3 of 2024 NBA Finals vs. Mavericks
3:09 PM · Jun 12, 2024
The Boston Celtics will visit the Dallas Mavericks in Game 3 of the 2024 NBA Finals Wednesday evening hoping to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. No team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in the playoffs to win the series, so the Celtics could effectively wrap up the franchise’s 18th banner with a win Wednesday night.
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Author(s): Chinmay Vaidya. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
Expert NBA Finals Best Bets and Player Props Today – Wednesday, June 12th
9:11 PM · Jun 11, 2024
We are already nearing the end of the NBA Playoffs, as we’re into Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Boston Celtics are up 2-0 on the Dallas Mavericks, and the series now heads to Texas for Luka Doncic and Co. to try and even things up. Make sure you check out what Jonathan Von […] The post Expert NBA Finals Best Bets and Player Props Today – Wednesday, June 12th appeared first on VSiN.
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NBA Finals: Kristaps Porzingis day-to-day with left leg injury
7:19 PM · Jun 11, 2024
Kristaps Porzingis’ status questionable for NBA Finals Boston Celtics center Kristaps Porzingis is considered day-to-day after suffering what the team called a “rare injury” to his left leg in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
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Author(s): Jonathan Von Tobel. Photo by NBA Finals: Kristaps Porzingis day-to-day with left leg injury
NBA Top Plays on Betting Splits, Power Ratings and Trends for Finals Game Two: Dallas vs. Boston
3:59 PM · Jun 09, 2024
NBA Finals Game Two Betting Trends The following NBA betting trends are a collection of analytical data, betting systems and strength ratings featured on VSiN and qualified for the NBA Finals Game Two.
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Author(s): Steve Makinen. Photo by NBA Top Plays on Betting Splits, Power Ratings and Trends for Finals Game Two: Dallas vs. Boston

NBA Finals Betting and Odds

Magic, Kareem, and the Showtime Lakers. Bird, McHale, and the Celtics. The Bad Boys of Detroit. MJ and the Bulls. Kobe’s dominance, LeBron’s perennial championship contention, and the three-point wizardry of the Warriors that has changed how basketball has played. The NBA Finals are basketball’s premier showcase for superstars to stake their claim on legendary status.

The basketball world comes together for the NBA Finals—even the most casual fan tunes in to see who will be crowned basketball’s kings. Each June, the NBA’s two most battle-hardened and time-tested teams clash in a best-of-seven-series—and novice and veteran bettors alike can all be a part of the excitement.

NBA’s Biggest Rivalries

The NBA Playoffs and Finals are well-noted for their rivalries. Since 1984, the NBA has used a 16-team format that divides the Western Conference and Eastern Conference teams during preliminary rounds, with the conference champions meeting in the finals. This format creates tense rivalries, as conference opponents have already met multiple times throughout the season.

In basketball, familiarity can breed contempt. The 1990s saw intense and physical battles between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons, as well as the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. The early 2000s witnessed battles between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs that felt like war. However, these were all conference matchups. In more recent years, the NBA has had some of its most intense series occur in the finals, putting its stars on center stage.

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers met in the finals for four consecutive years from 2015 to 2018. While the Warriors won three of these four series, each were hotly-contested battles. The 2016 finals, won by Lebron James and the Cavaliers, saw the Cavs come back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the first time in NBA Finals history.

Qualifying for the NBA Finals

The NBA’s playoff structure has seen its share of evolution over the last 20-plus years. After moving to a 16-team, four-round structure, the NBA initially shortened best-of-five first-round matchups. In 2003, that first-round matchup was extended to seven games. 

In 2020, an abbreviated season affected by the Covid-19 pandemic saw the addition of play-in games to determine the final seed of each conference. This evolved in 2021, when the top six teams in each conference automatically qualified for the playoffs, while teams seeded seven through 12 participated in a tournament to earn the final two seeds in each conference.

Regardless of these changes in preliminary structure, the NBA’s top teams still must win a minimum of three best-of-seven series to reach the NBA Finals.

NBA Finals Odds: Point Spreads and Lines

Spreads

Spread bets place a margin by which a favored team will beat its opponent. A negative spread indicates that team as the favorite, while a positive spread indicates that team as the underdog. Spread bets are typically placed on a game-by-game basis throughout an NBA Finals series. For example, if the Los Angeles Clippers face the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, the spread for game one might read as:

TeamSpreadMoneyline
Los Angeles-14.5-120
New York+14.5+150

If you bet on Los Angeles, the Clippers would need to beat the Knicks by 15 points or more for you to win your bet. Even if the Clippers won, but it was by 14 or less, you would not win that bet; it would factor the same result as a New York victory.

Moneylines

Moneyline bets give you the option of choosing a victor of each game, as well as the NBA Finals odds for the whole series. Your payout would be determined by the odds of your chosen victor. The odds on a moneyline bet are formatted to indicate how much you will be returned on a $100 wager. If you choose the New York Knicks to win the championship with odds of +200, a winning wager would return you $300 (your original $100 bet plus the $200 in winnings).

Over/under

Over/under bets give you the opportunity to bet on the combined point total between both teams at the final buzzer. If the over/under for a game between the Clippers and Knicks is 225, and you bet the over, the two teams involved would need to combine for 226 points or more to win that bet. Think they’ll have a slow-paced, physical game? Think it will be a rough shooting night? You would take the under and hope the teams combine for 224 or less.

Player props

Prop bets add a layer of fun to the NBA Championship odds wager experience. Prop bets allow you to bet on specific outcomes and occurrences throughout the finals. Will a player foul out? Will a player get a technical foul? Will a player set a finals record for most three-pointers made?

Prop bets typically have a yes-or-no outcome and give you the chance to track more than just the wins and losses of your favorite team.

Parlay bets

A parlay bet on the NBA Championship odds is a bet on multiple outcomes but requires each of those outcomes to occur for a payout. For parlay bets, you can include a variety of bets on one ticket—spreads, moneyline bets, and props can all be pulled together into a parlay bet. While the payouts for a parlay bet can be substantial, all conditions have to be met to win.

Check out our basketball betting guide to learn more about how to bet on the NBA or any other basketball competition.