NBA Betting Tips Heading into the 2019 Postseason

Posted by Derrick Harper on April 3, 2019 in

We are heading into the final few days of the NBA season, which means that the playoffs are right around the corner. In the past few years, simply playing the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers to reach the Finals has been the easy NBA Betting pick, but it may not be as clear cut this season.

The Warriors are still a good NBA Bet, but the Western Conference is more competitive than ever before. The Eastern Conference looks a little easier to predict, but you just never know what might happen in the playoffs. Both leagues are featuring more parity since Lebron has dismembered the usual suspects in the Eastern Conference. Here are some things to consider before you start placing bets in the NBA playoffs.

NBA Betting Tips Heading into the 2019 Postseason

Forget the regular season, stats, awards, and standings

It’s been shown before that home court isn’t as big of a factor as we once thought. Teams like the Raptors in years previous have gone down without much of a fight, despite dominating the regular season, and plenty of teams have gotten hot right when it is needed. Teams that excelled over the 82-game grind very often collapse under the pressure of playoff basketball.
Similarly, teams that coasted through much of the season often have enough gas left in the tank to step up a gear when it really matters.

Look out for bounce-back games

Be on the lookout for teams that lose the previous game before they head back to home court. This is especially true if said team starts that next home game as a double-digit underdog. Past history has shown that those teams tend to be a very solid ATS bet, so always be on the lookout for those opportunities.

The same rules apply when talking about favorites. If they lose a game, jump all over them in the next game up, as favorites tend to bounce back after an upset loss with a big win.

Watch for Elimination Games

Identifying which teams have the fight to fend off elimination and those that will likely fold under the pressure is key to developing an approach to the spread in elimination games. Some teams will fight, others will “flight”. Knowing the difference can make bettors some serious coin in the playoffs.

Pay attention to rest days

This is particularly true in the opening couple of rounds, which is when the top seeds in each conference very often get the job done early.

Look for teams that finish off a series quickly and then go up against a team that needed to go the distance to move on. For the latter team, there is very little time off between the end of a series and hitting the road to start a new one against a higher seed that is well rested. That can create an imbalance that you can use to your NBA Betting advantage.