NBA: NBA Finals betting: Game One, Finals MVP, and more

04 Jun 24
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NBA: NBA Finals betting: Game One, Finals MVP, and more

The final games of the 2023-2024 NBA season will start on June 6 when the Boston Celtics host the Dallas Mavericks for game one of the NBA Finals. Bettors looking to place bets on more than individual games for the NBA Finals might want to take a look at a few sportsbooks before placing bets. All of the best sportsbooks are taking bets for each game, but there are a few sportsbooks taking bets for the top scoring player in the series, top rebounder in the series, and more. 

Highlights

  • Boston Celtics vs Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals
  • NBA Finals MVP quick preview
  • Betting options available for the Finals

NBA Finals betting details

After three rounds of NBA playoff basketball, the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks will meet in the NBA Finals. The Celtics defeated the Indiana Pacers 4-0 in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the Finals. The Mavericks defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 4-1 in the Western Conference Finals. Game one of the series is on June 6 in Boston. The Celtics are the betting favourites to win the series and game one on the NBA betting sites. Jayson Tatum and the Celtics have -225 odds to win the series and -250 odds to win game one on BetMGM.

The Celtics and Mavericks played twice during the regular season. Boston won both games. The Celtics defeated the Mavericks 119-110 on January 22 and 138-110 on March 1. So far in these playoffs, the Celtics are undefeated in game ones. The Mavericks are 1-2 in game ones. The spread for game one is currently 6.5 points. The Celtics are -6.5 and the Mavericks are +6.5.

NBA Finals MVP

The NBA Finals MVP award usually goes to the best player on the winning team. Nikola Jokic won the award last season, but players like Andre Iguodala have stepped up during the Finals and won the award. Jayson Tatum is the betting favourite to win the award this year. Tatum has -120 odds, slightly ahead of Luka Doncic. Doncic has the second best odds at +200. Jaylen Brown is third at +625. Kyrie Irving has the fourth best odds at +1800. 

One of those four will most likely win the award, but Derrick White and Jrue Holiday are a couple of players who should have a shot if Kristaps Porzingis doesn’t play in the series. If the Mavericks win the NBA championship, which they will likely need to do for someone on the Mavericks to win the award unless Doncic or Irving have an almost perfect series, it’s hard to imagine someone other than Doncic or Irving winning the Finals MVP trophy. P.J. Washington at +30000 probably has the best shot. Washington is currently averaging the third most points for the Mavericks throughout these playoffs. He is averaging 13.6 points per game and 6.7 rebounds.

Series totals

A few sportsbooks are taking bets for series totals — players to lead the series in each category — for the NBA Finals. Here is a list of sportsbooks and the betting markets available for series totals. 

Sports Interaction

  • Top points scorer in series
  • Top rebounds in series
  • Top assists in series
  • Top three-pointers made in series

Bet99

  • Most total points in series
    Most total rebounds in series
  • Most total assists in series
  • Most total three-pointers made in series

BetMGM

  • Series top points scorer

Tonybet

  • Most total points in series
  • Most total rebounds in series
  • Most total three-pointers made in series

BetRivers

  • To score most points in the series
  • To make the most three-point field goals in the series
  • To record most assists in series
  • To record most rebounds in series

More series betting markets

Some of the sportsbooks are taking series bets for more than just totals. There are a couple of options for betting on a player’s performance throughout the entire series. For example, one betting market is Luka Doncic to score 30+ points in each game of the series at +900. There are also options for how many games will be played and correct series result.

Bet99

  • Correct series score
  • When will the series end?
  • Correct score after game
  • Number of road wins
  • Series leader after game

Sports Interaction

  • In how many games will the series end?
  • Correct series result
  • Series exact outcome
  • Series correct score after three games
  • Player specials

BetMGM

  • Correct series result
  • Series total games
  • Player specials

BetRivers

  • Total games played in series
  • Correct score
  • Total number of buzzer beaters in the series

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