Make Smarter NBA Finals Bets in 2024

The 2024 NBA Finals is on the horizon! Track the paths of the favorite Boston Celtics and reigning champion Denver Nuggets, as well as other contenders, as we narrow down the playoff field.

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Jun 12, 2023 • 12:05 ET • 3 min read
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While the NBA playoffs are a great build-up of drama and occasional surprise, the NBA Finals are the true show-stopper: A star-studded clash with legacies at stake, where fortunes can change as quick as a chase-down block, ruptured Achilles, or improbable offensive rebound-into-lazer-accurate-corner-three.

The NBA odds entering the postseason have the Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets as clear consensus favorites to make it out of the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, but there are plenty of other foes who, if all breaks right, could wind up pulling off a shocking upset.

As the playoffs begin to paint the picture that 2024 will be remembered by, we've got you covered for all things NBA Finals, including odds, picks and predictions, and need-to-know info. 

NBA Finals odds

The NBA Finals odds will evolve as the Playoffs continue, with teams' odds improving based on their success (games won, margin of victory), difficulty of anticipated opponents, and health of relative contenders. 

NBA Finals picks

While the Finals haven't been set yet, the Covers squad of NBA analysts is looking into their crystal balls at which teams will be left standing when the postseason dust settles.

Our experts are going mostly chalk, with the betting markets also moving further towards a Celtics-Nuggets matchup in the NBA Finals.  

We'll revisit these picks down the road and see how on-point these NBA Finals predictions were. You can also check back here when the Finals matchup is decided for complete game-by-game analysis and NBA picks

Writer Pick (odds)
Rory Breasail Browns Nuggets over Celtics
Andrew Caley Browns Thunder over Celtics 
Douglas Farmer Browns Nuggets over Celtics 
Jon Metler Celtics Celtics over Mavericks
Ryan Murphy Browns Nuggets over Celtics
Rohit Ponnaiya Celtics Celtics over Nuggets
AJ Salah Browns Nuggets over Celtics

NBA Finals MVP Odds

The NBA Finals MVP goes to the most valuable player in the championship series. Sportsbooks have NBA Finals MVP odds on the board at the start of the NBA Playoffs and shrink that list to the remaining teams as the postseason plays out.

Player Team DraftKings
Jayson Tatum Celtics Boston Celtics +240
Nikola Jokic Browns Denver Nuggets +330
Jaylen Brown Celtics Boston Celtics +900
Giannis Antetokounmpo Bucks Milwaukee Bucks +1,600
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder +1,600
Kawhi Leonard Clippers Los Angeles Clippers +1,700
Luka Doncic Mavericks Dallas Mavericks +1,700
Joel Embiid 76ers Philadelphia 76ers +1,900
Kristaps Porzingis Celtics Boston Celtics +2,200
Anthony Edwards Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves +2,500

Odds as of 4-18-2024

2024 NBA Finals schedule

Game Date/Time Venue
Game 1 June 6 @ TBA TBA
Game 2 June 9 @ TBA TBA
Game 3 June 12 @ TBA TBA
Game 4 June 14 @ TBA TBA
Game 5 (if necessary) June 17 @ TBA TBA
Game 6 (if necessary) June 20 @ TBA TBA
Game 7 (if necessary) June 23 @ TBA TBA

NBA Finals format

The NBA Finals take place between the winners of the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, following a best-of-seven format. The team with the better regular-season record is awarded homecourt advantage, hosting Games 1, 2, 5, and 7, while the lower seed hosts Games 3, 4, and 6.

Where to watch the NBA Finals

The NBA Finals will air on ABC in the United States. Mike Breen will handle play-by-play duties for the 19th straight year, flanked for the first time by his new lead broadcast team: industry icon Doris Burke and former NBA veteran JJ Redick, joined on the sidelines by Lisa Salters. Those without cable can stream the games live on Fubo and NBA League Pass.

How to bet on the NBA Finals

The NBA Playoffs bring out plenty of new bettors looking to wager on basketball for the first time. If you fit this category, let us teach you how to bet on basketball with some betting basics and tips for tackling the basketball world’s biggest competition.

Where to bet on the NBA Finals

Basketball betting is booming, and the NBA has embraced it with open arms. Basketball’s popularity spawns fun and unique ways to wager on the action almost all year round. Where you bet on basketball is just as important as what you bet, and we review the best basketball betting sites available in your region.

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