With NBA Finals right around the corner–starting on June 1, 2017–one of the hottest topics is the next round of games. There are many ways to choose which team to bet on, from luck and superstition to statistics and odds. Looking at coaching style, players, and regular season performance can also help you determine where to place your hard-earned cash.
In this article, we’re going to go over NBA picks against the spread. These picks are among the most sought-after tips in US sports this time of year. In this article, we’re going to cover what these picks mean. Then, we’ll tell you our latest picks, and give you some tips for betting on NBA games.
The 2016 NBA Finals brought the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers face to face, and the same could end up happening again this year with both teams vying for a spot in the Finals.
These two teams have faced off 109 times, with the Golden State Warriors taking 57 wins and the Cleveland Cavaliers taking the other 52. If both teams manage to make it to the Finals this year, the data on their previous face-offs will be useful in making picks.
Until then, there are still a couple of games you can bet on. Keep reading to get the details and picks you need.
What does it mean to make NBA picks against the spread?
There are two main ways to bet on the NBA finals. One of them is to bet on the moneyline. This means that you’re betting solely on the game’s outcome–for example, team A will win.
The difference in both team’s scores, known as the spread, isn’t taken into account when betting on the moneyline.
If you want to bet team A (-7), then you’re making a pick against the spread. You’re betting that not only will team A win, but they’ll win by a margin of seven points or more.
Our NBA Picks Against the Spread
Since all the games took place over the last few days, we decided to split this section up by game so that you can easily scan for the information you need. The games we’re going to discuss include:
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Boston Celtics on Friday, May 19, 2017
Golden State Warriors v. San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, May 20, 2017
Keep reading to learn more about each game and why we made the NBA picks against the spread we did. Also, have fun, gamble responsibly, and good luck!
Cleveland Cavaliers v. Boston Celtics in Game 2 on May 19th
Our expert pick for this game was Cleveland Cavaliers -4.5. The Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 1 with a score of 117-104. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-place spot in the Central division is a strength, but the Boston Celtics also took first place in their own division–the Atlantic.
Both teams performed similarly during the regular season. The Cleveland Cavaliers earned an average 110.3 points per game, giving up an average of 107.2 per game. Their point differential was 3.1 at the end of the regular season.
For the Boston Celtics, we’re looking at a regular season average of 108.0 points earned and 105.4 points given up per game. Their point differential for the regular season is 2.6.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, both Chris Andersen and Andrew Bogut are out for the season on injuries.
Golden State Warriors v. San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 on May 20th
Our pick for this game was San Antonio Spurs +6. The Golden State Warriors took Game 3 against the Spurs with a final score of 136-100. The Warriors had the game before halftime, with a 25-point lead.
Andre Iguodala was too injured to play in Game 2, and you can expect the same for Game 3. There’s also a chance that you won’t see Zaza Pachulia in Game 4 after injuring his right heel in Game 2.
The San Antonio Spurs lost Game 1 and didn’t seem to fight all that hard for a win in Game 2–and it showed in the results.
How to Bet on NBA Games
If you’re new to betting on NBA games, the process can seem a little overwhelming. Hopefully, the previous sections have helped you understand not only what goes into deciding picks, but also what those picks mean.
In this last section of our guide, we’re going to show you how to bet on NBA games. This advice is great for new and seasoned bettors alike. To bet on NBA games leading up to and during the Finals:
Decide how much you can wager.
Focus your bets.
Choose where to bet.
Let’s get a bit more in-depth with each of these steps.
Decide Your Wager
How much can you afford to bet? This question can be rephrased as “How much can you afford to lose?” We want you to win, and your chances of winning are increased if you follow the advice in this guide, but responsible betting means not wagering more money than you can afford to lose.
Do Your Research
We definitely got you started in this guide with a brief rundown of the teams playing in the games leading up to the NBA Finals, but you might want to do some more research, just to learn about each team and better understand the picks.
Quality Over Quantity
Focusing your bets can help you reap a greater reward. If you spread your money all over, you’re not only betting against yourself, but you won’t stand to gain as much on the right bets. However, if you keep your bets focused on stronger possible outcomes, you stand to lose less and win more.
Choose Where You’ll Bet
Now that you have NBA picks against the spread and an understanding of how to bet on NBA games, you’ll want to choose where to bet. Pick your betting sportsbook carefully to ensure that you’ll be properly paid out.
Do you still have questions about NBA betting and picks? We’d love to help you, so please feel free to contact us.