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The NBA Playoffs, filled with four rounds of seven-game series culminating in the NBA Finals in June, is among the most exciting things in sports you can bet on.
Winning an NBA Finals is among the hardest things to accomplish in sports. The NBA’s best have to play every other night for the better part of two months to get it done. Adding in the play-in tournament for the 7-10 seeds in each conference only makes it tougher. So while there is no “exact” science to betting on the NBA Playoffs or NBA Finals, most successful betting strategies do shift significantly from the regular season.
Below you’ll find a quick guide to betting on the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals at Maryland online sportsbooks, including the latest NBA Finals odds, types of bets, and odds you can expect to be offered plus some tips on navigating the betting markets of the NBA postseason.
NBA Finals odds
Below you’ll find the latest odds on every NBA team to make the playoffs and win the NBA Finals from Maryland’s top online sportsbooks. During the playoffs you can also get up-to-the-hour game lines (spread, moneyline, totals).
Types of playoff/NBA finals bets
Maryland sportsbook sites will allow you to bet on the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals in various ways, including:
- Futures: The NBA futures markets are where you can bet on a team to make the NBA Playoffs, win a Division, win a Conference Final, or win the NBA Finals.
- Game lines: Online sportsbooks post moneyline odds, totals, and spread bets for every NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals game.
- Live betting: Online sportsbooks let you bet on in-game lines and props at odds that change with the action in every NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals game.
- Series bets: Maryland online sportsbooks allow you to bet on a team to win a series once the matchup is set. The more specific you get with the number of games and series score, the better the odds paid.
How many teams have won back-to-back NBA Championships?
Here’s a look at the teams that have won back-to-back NBA Championships:
|Team||Back to Back Years|
|Minneapolis Lakers||1952, 1953, 1954|
|Boston Celtics||1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966 & 1968, 1969|
|Los Angeles Lakers||1987, 1988, & 2000, 2001, 2002 & 2009, 2010|
|Detroit Pistons||1989, 1990|
|Chicago Bulls||1991, 1992, 1993 & 1996, 1997, 1998|
|Houston Rockets||1994, 1995|
|Miami Heat||2012, 2013|
|Golden State Warriors||2017, 2018|
NBA finals result past 10 years
Here’s a look at the results of the past 10 NBA Finals:
|Year||Champion||Runner Up||Series Record|
|2020||Los Angeles Lakers||Miami Heat||4-2|
|2019||Toronto Raptors||Golden State Warriors||4-2|
|2018||Golden State Warriors||Cleveland Cavaliers||4-0|
|2017||Golden State Warriors||Cleveland Cavaliers||4-1|
|2016||Cleveland Cavaliers||Golden State Warriors||4-3|
|2015||Golden State Warriors||Cleveland Cavaliers||4-2|
|2014||San Antonio Spurs||Miami Heat||4-1|
|2013||Miami Heat||San Antonio Spurs||4-3|
|2012||Miami Heat||Oklahoma City Thunder||4-1|
|2011||Dallas Mavericks||Miami Heat||4-2|
Wizards playoff history/results
Here’s a look at how the Wizards have fared in the NBA’s Eastern Conference over the past 10 seasons:
|2020–21||8th||34-38||Lost in First Round to Philadelphia|
|2017–18||8th||43-39||Lost in First Round to Toronto|
|2016–17||4th||49-33||Lost in Conference Semifinals to Boston|
|2014–15||5th||46-36||Lost in Conference Semifinals to Atlanta|
|2013–14||5th||44-38||Lost in Conference Semifinals to Indiana|
How do the NBA Playoffs work?
The NBA Playoffs is a 16-team four-round elimination tournament featuring the top eight teams from each of the NBA’s Eastern and Western Conferences fighting for the title of NBA Champion and the Larry O’Brien Trophy. In 2021, a playoff play-in tournament in each conference, to determine the seven and eighth seeds, was added to the front end of the playoffs. The league has yet to decide if the play-in tournament will be a permanent thing.
The NBA Playoffs is a seeded tournament with an eight-team bracket in each conference. It’s 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5 in the first round. The winners of 1 vs. 8 and 4 vs. 5, and the winners of 2 vs. 7 and 3 vs. 6 meet in the second round. The winners move on to the Conference Finals and the Conference Finals winners meet in the NBA Finals. Each round is filled with seven-game series following a 2-2-1-1-1 format. Home-court advantage goes to the team with the best regular-season record in each series.
How to bet on NBA playoffs & NBA finals in Maryland
Gov. Larry Hogan signed a Maryland sports betting bill into law in May 2021 with up to 60 online sports betting licenses available. Most major sports betting apps will be in the state. This includes DraftKings Sportsbook MD and FanDuel Sportsbook MD, who both tweeted out congratulations messages to the state when the bill was signed, and BetMGM Sportsbook MD and Barstool Sportsbook MD, whose parent companies already run casinos in the state.
Maryland casinos, racetracks, and sports stadiums are also eligible for Class A licenses to run retail sportsbooks. Plus, the state is making 30 Class B licenses available for small businesses to run retail sportsbooks, including seven named entities like the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Sports facilities eligible for Class A license include FedEx Field where the Washington Football Team plays, M&T Bank Stadium where the Baltimore Ravens play, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles. All retail license holders can also apply for a license to launch online sports betting operations.
All Maryland-based retail and online sportsbooks will take bets on the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.
How to create a sportsbook account
In order to bet on the NBA regular season, NBA Playoffs, and Finals online in Maryland, you’ll have to register for an account and make a deposit into that account.
You can start the registration process by clicking on our link to Maryland online and mobile sportsbook of your choice. You should find a ‘REGISTER’ or ‘SIGN UP’ Tab there. Click on it to go to the registration form and fill in the required personal and account information. If there’s a space for a promo or bonus code, find that here on this website and enter it there. This code will make sure you get the best new player bonus available. Finally, accept the terms and conditions and submit your registration form.
The Maryland online and mobile sportsbook you signed up with will verify your age, identity, and location and you’ll be ready to make a deposit. This is an easy process that should take just a few minutes. Log in, find the ‘DEPOSIT’ or ‘CASHIER’ tab and choose your preferred method of deposit. These will usually include everything from credit and debit cards, to online bank transfers, payment processors, and cash at Maryland retail locations. Plug in the amount you wish to deposit, follow the prompts, and confirm it all. The funds will be available in your account almost immediately, allowing you to browse through the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals betting markets available and place bets.