Last Updated on August 18, 2021
- Nets, Lakers, Suns, and Bucks all have the highest odds to make the playoffs.
- Thunder, Rockets, and Cavaliers are long shots to make the playoffs.
- All odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
When it comes to betting on the NBA in the offseason, one of the most popular betting markets available is wagering on whether or not a team can make the NBA playoffs. Shortly after the 2021 NBA Finals, DraftKings Sportsbook released odds to make the playoffs in 2022.
Let’s take a look at the opening odds to make the 2022 NBA playoffs, how some of the top teams like the Nets, Lakers, and Bucks are priced, our betting picks, other NBA futures markets to bet on and more.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 17, 2021
Opening Odds to Make the Playoffs
|Team||Odds to Make Playoffs|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-3500|
|Golden State Warriors||-600|
|Los Angeles Clippers||-300|
|Portland Trail Blazers||-235|
|New York Knicks||-135|
|New Orleans Pelicans||+170|
|San Antonio Spurs||+1100|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||+2200|
With a large number of teams making the playoffs in the NBA, it is tough to find value as only 10 teams are plus-money. But, there is some value to be had.
Betting Picks – Odds to make the NBA playoffs 2021-2022
The NBA playoffs are a treat each and every year for sports bettors, but wagering on which teams will make it has become quite the popular betting market for NBA futures bettors. After the initial odds were released, bettors instantly began wagering. Here is a look at our early betting picks to make the 2022 NBA playoffs, odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Washington Wizards +400
- Detroit Pistons +2000
- Minnesota Timberwolves +525
- San Antonio Spurs +1100
These are all long shot picks, as many of the teams are all favorites to make the playoffs. These result in tougher value, but teams like the Wizards, Pistons, and Wolves are worth betting on as plus-money picks given the value. The Pistons at 20/1 makes for a solid bet, due to adding a solid player in Cade Cunningham along with some role players that could push the Pistons to the playoffs.
Welcome 2 Detroit, Cade. pic.twitter.com/ln8H0zbbAT
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) July 30, 2021
Bet on the NBA – Futures, Odds, NBA Championship
In addition to betting on which teams will make the playoffs in the NBA, there are many other types of NBA betting markets available. Here is a look at some of the more popular betting markets you can wager on in addition to which teams you believe will make the playoffs.
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