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NBA betting recap & season restart plans

Updated On: June 8, 2020, 3:10 pm ET

When does the 2019-20 NBA season restart?

The NBA plans to restart its 2019-20 season on Friday, July 31 when the qualifying 22 teams tip off an eight-game regular-season finale at the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando, Florida. From there, the top eight teams in each conference will advance to the NBA Playoffs.

 

What is the NBA play-in tournament?

Should there be four or fewer points separating the No. 8 and No. 9 teams in the standings for each conference, there will be a play-in tournament between those eight and nine seeds. The format is a best-of-two series, with the No. 9 team needing to win two games to bump the No. 8 team out and qualify for the postseason. 

Looking at the current standings in the East, the six top teams have secured playoff spots, leaving only two postseason passes for three remaining teams. The Brooklyn Nets are seventh, followed by the Orlando Magic in eighth and the Washington Wizards as the nine seed.

There are also just two remaining playoff spots in the West, with the top six teams in the conference already securing passage to the tournament. The Dallas Mavericks are seventh, followed by the Memphis Grizzlies in eighth, leaving five other Western Conference teams to fight their way into the Top 8.

 

 

Are the NBA Playoffs different?

Nope. The NBA Playoffs will stick with 16 teams (Top 8 from each conference) and a best-of-seven format for all rounds: conference quarters, conference semis, conference finals, and NBA Finals. 

 

NBA Eastern Conference betting overview

Milwaukee, Toronto, Boston, Miami, Indiana and Philadelphia are all locked into the postseason, so motivation during their eight-game restart schedule should be monitored. Brooklyn is an interesting team to watch outside of those six contenders, due to the possibility of returning not only Kyrie Irving but also Kevin Durant, who sat out the entire 2019-20 season while recovering from an Achilles injury. 

The Celtics were the best bet against the NBA point spreads before the shutdown while also paying out for Under bettors, while the Heat topped the total most often as the best Over team in the East.

Seed Team NBA Title Odds Win/Loss ATS Record Over/Under
1 Milwaukee Bucks +240 53-12 36-29-0 (55.4%) 30-34-1
2 Toronto Raptors +2,400 46-18 35-28-1 (55.6%) 34-29-1
3 Boston Celtics +2,000 43-21 38-23-3 (62.3%) 30-34-0
4 Miami Heat +2,700 41-24 33-30-2 (52.4%) 39-25-1
5 Indiana Pacers +10,000 39-26 34-28-3 (54.8%) 35-29-1
6 Philadelphia 76ers +2,700 39-26 28-33-4 (45.9%) 34-30-1
7 Brooklyn Nets +6,000 30-34 31-33-0 (48.4%) 31-32-1
8 Orlando Magic +25,000 30-35 31-32-2 (49.2%) 33-29-3
9 Washington Wizards +25,000 24-20 32-30-2 (51.6%) 37-26-1

 

NBA Western Conference betting overview

The two L.A. teams, Denver, Utah, Oklahoma City and Houston already made the playoff cut and Dallas looks like a lock to secure a spot as well. Memphis has a 3.5-game buffer between it and Portland at No. 9, and New Orleans is hovering at No. 10. The Pelicans at 12/1 are certainly priced like they're going to make the cut with Zion Williamson drawing plenty of attention.

The Thunder were the best bet against the spread in the NBA before the pandemic, while the Spurs made money for Over backers and the Rockets stayed Under more than any team in the Association.

Seed Team NBA Title Odds Win/Loss ATS Record Over/Under
1 Los Angeles Lakers +270 49-14 35-27-1 (56.5%) 30-33-0
2 Los Angeles Clippers +340 42-20 35-29-0 (54.7%) 29-34-1
3 Denver Nuggets +2,500 43-22 29-32-4 (47.5%) 30-34-1
4 Utah Jazz +2,900 41-23 30-32-2 (48.4%) 33-31-0
5 Oklahoma City Thunder +10,000 40-24 40-24-0 (62.5%) 30-33-1
6 Houston Rockets +1,200 40-24 29-35-0 (45.3%) 28-36-0
7 Dallas Mavericks +3,600 40-27 35-29-3 (54.7%) 40-27-0
8 Memphis Grizzlies +21,000 32-33 34-30-1 (53.1%) 30-35-0
9 Portland Trail Blazers +16,000 29-37 27-37-2 (42.2%) 37-29-0
10 New Orleans Pelicans +12,000 28-36 33-29-2 (53.2%) 36-28-0
11 Sacramento Kings +25,000 28-36 33-29-2  (53.2%) 34-30-0
12 San Antonio Spurs +21,000 27-36 25-37-1 (40.3%) 38-24-1
13 Phoenix Suns +25,000 26-39 29-35-1 (45.3%) 33-32-0

Odds courtesy of FanDuel


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