2024 NBA Playoff Picks And Predictions: Which Team Can You Still Cash Big On?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are providing bettors with tremendous value prior to the NBA playoffs - © Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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The NBA playoffs are now into the Eastern and Western Conference final and I’ll have you covered with picks, odds, and predictions all the way to the NBA Finals.

Our NBA playoff picks and predictions page is designed to help you get fresh, updated odds from all of the best sportsbooks, bring in-depth analysis across both conferences, and ultimately help you make more informed wagers. The first round brought us some exciting highlights, so let’s keep the party going into Round 2.

Odds to win NBA Finals

Team Odds

Boston Celtics

-165

Minnesota Timberwolves

+280

Dallas Mavericks

+500

Indiana Pacers

+3800

NBA Championship odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook – accurate as of May 22

The updated NBA Championship odds show some value across the board still. However, it’s become clear that Anthony Edwards and the Minnesota Timberwolves (which I dropped here as one of my favorite postseason plays) owned a ton of value (+6500) heading into the playoffs. They are now sitting at just +280 to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. If you caught that price heading into the postseason, congrats, you may just be sitting on a ticket that’ll pay for your next vacation.

Who am I placing my futures bets on in the middle of the NBA playoffs? Read on to find out.

Odds to win Eastern Conference

Team Odds

Boston Celtics

N/A

New York Knicks

ELIMINATED

Indiana Pacers

N/A

Cleveland Cavaliers

ELIMINATED

Odds to win Western Conference

Team Odds

Denver Nuggets

ELIMINATED

Oklahoma City Thunder

ELIMINATED

Dallas Mavericks

N/A

Minnesota Timberwolves

N/A
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NBA playoff picks

The Dallas Mavericks are making a deep run these playoffs after taking down the Los Angeles Clippers in their first-round series and jogging past the young Oklahoma City Thunder in the second. They started the year at +6500 to win the NBA Championship, two weeks ago were at +2600, and are now sitting with +500 odds to win it all. They had a finalist for NBA MVP odds, and continue to be one of the most-clutch teams in basketball by all ratings.

The two-headed monster of Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic are playing way too well together (and are actually ENJOYING basketball together) to sleep on them. They were first in clutch offense (23-9 in clutch situations) and sixth in clutch defense in the regular season – a recipe for success under the bright lights of the NBA playoffs. The Mavericks are headed into a series against the biggest competition they have seen in these playoffs, but at +500, with Doncic, Irving, and an incredible supporting cast that has played well in the first two series, you won’t find better value.

Elsewhere, the Minnesota Timberwolves (which were priced in at +1700 after losing three straight to Denver) are another great bet to go all the way. The Timberwolves owned the second-best net rating in the NBA for the regular season, own the best defense in the league, employ arguably the most explosive player you can find in Edwards, and swept away the Phoenix Suns in the first round before battling back to beat the reigning champs in Game 7. While the value isn’t as deep as it was a few weeks ago, +280 is a strong bet as the TWolves get set to start the Western conference final against the Mavs.

Here’s a comprehensive list of all our picks throughout the postseason:

Sixth Man of the Year odds

Team Odds

Malik Monk (SAC)

-280

Naz Reid (MIN)

+230

Bogdan Bogdanovic (ATL)

+3100

Norman Powell (LAC)

+4000

Bobby Portis (MIL)

+10000

The Sixth Man of the Year award handed to Naz Reid over the NBA Playoffs. You can still read our Sixth Man of the Year odds review for in-depth analysis.

NBA MVP odds

Player Odds

Nikola Jokic (DEN)

OTB

Luka Donic (DAL)

OTB

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)

OTB

Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook 

Nikola Jokic has been awarded the NBA MVP award for the third time in four seasons.

NBA Finals MVP odds

Team Odds
Jayson Tatum (BOS)

+135

Nikola Jokic (DEN)

+410

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)

+850

Jaylen Brown (BOS)

+900

Anthony Edwards (MIN)

+950

Luka Doncic (DAL)

+1600

Derrick White (BOS)

+1900

Kristaps Porzingis (BOS)

+3000

Jalen Brunson (NYK)

+3100

Jamal Murray (DEN)

+4500

Kyrie Irving (DAL)

+7000

The NBA Finals MVP odds have been released, and unsurprisingly, Jayson Tatum and Anthony Edwards headline the favorites to win the award.

NBA Rookie of the Year odds

Player Odds

Victor Wembanyama (SA)

OTB

Chet Holmgren (OKC)

OTB

Brandon Miller (CHA)

OTB

Victor Wembanyama opened the year as the consensus favorite on NBA Rookie of the Year odds boards and was recently named the recipient of the award – to the surprise of no one.

NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds

Team Odds

Rudy Gobert (MIN)

OTB

Victor Wembanyama (SA)

OTB

Anthony Davis (LAL)

OTB

Bam Adebayo (MIA)

OTB

Jarrett Allen (CLE)

OTB

After leading the NBA Defensive Player of the Year odds for most of the year, Rudy Gobert was handed the award over the course of the NBA playoffs.

NBA playoff format

The NBA playoffs consist of 16 teams, evenly divided between the NBA’s Eastern and Western conferences, with eight teams from each conference. These teams are ranked based on their regular-season win-loss records. The six teams in each conference with the highest number of wins automatically advance to the playoffs.

For the remaining playoff spots, teams ranked seventh to 10th in each conference play a win-or-go-home Play-In tournament, which was introduced in 2021. This tournament determines the final two playoff positions in each conference.

In the Play-In tournament, the seventh-seeded team faces the eighth-seeded team in a single game, with the winner securing the seventh seed in their conference. Meanwhile, the ninth-seeded team competes against the 10th-seeded team, and the losing team is eliminated.

Subsequently, the loser of the seventh vs. eighth game takes on the winner of the ninth vs.10th game. Whoever wins this game claims the eighth seed in their conference, completing the playoff bracket.

Best NBA playoff betting sites

To make sure you get the most value on your NBA odds, go to the best NBA betting sites prior to placing your wagers throughout the season.

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Take a look at other Oddspedia Insights articles that give you everything you need in order to become a successful bettor.

NBA playoff FAQs

Who is favorite to win the NBA playoffs this year?

The Boston Celtics are currently the favorite to win the NBA Championship. Behind them, you can find the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers on the odds board.

Who won the NBA playoffs last year?

The Denver Nuggets won the NBA playoffs last year, with MVP Nikola Jokic winning the NBA Finals MVP as well.

How does the Play-In tournament work?

In the Play-In tournament, the seventh-seeded team faces the eighth-seeded team in a single game, with the winner securing the seventh seed in their conference. Meanwhile, the ninth-seeded team competes against the 10th-seeded team, and the losing team is eliminated.

Subsequently, the loser of the seventh vs. eighth game takes on the winner of the ninth vs. 10th game. Whichever team wins this game claims a spot in the playoffs.

How are teams selected for the NBA Playoffs?

Teams either make or miss the playoffs based off their regular-season performances. The playoffs is broken into two conferences, with eight teams from each vying for a chance at the NBA Championship.

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