With an easy-to-use live betting page, it’s never been easier or more thrilling to place in-game wagers as you watch the Brooklyn Nets chase their first-ever NBA championship, the Los Angeles Lakers attempt to defend their title, and the Utah Jazz squash critics with a playoff run.
Fundamentally, live betting for the NBA Playoffs is no different than live betting for regular-season games. Throughout the game, you track the odds and place as many live bets as you’d like.
Realistically, live betting for the NBA Playoffs is much different than live betting for regular-season games. With higher stakes, we’re hanging on every shot attempt, lob pass, and replay review. And the on-court excitement of a Game 7 free-throw attempt bleeds into live betting on BetMGM.
What is Live Betting?
Live betting is an exhilarating opportunity to bet online regardless of betting experience or sports knowledge. One of the highest levels of sports entertainment, live betting brings meaning to every second of every game regardless of the score, quarter, on-court lineup, or stakes.
For example, the Milwaukee Bucks hosted the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, May 5, in a critical game for the Bucks’ playoff seeding and the Wizards’ Play-In Tournament hopes. The Bucks were 7-point favorites (-100) and -175 on the money line, while the Wizards were 7-point underdogs (-120) and +145 on the money line. And the over/under total was 242.5 (-115 over, -105 under).
Maybe you took one of those sides or combined multiple sides into an NBA parlay. Or perhaps you didn’t have a good read on the game and passed altogether.
Regardless of your pre-game position(s), you can place live bets during the game. While watching the game on TV, you can watch the NBA lines move with each Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk or Russell Westbrook three-pointer and jump on a favorable number.
How to Place Live Bets on the NBA Playoffs
BetMGM’s up-to-the-second live betting page gives you every opportunity to place live bets during the NBA Playoffs.
Let’s say the Wizards-Bucks game was Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. And you liked the Bucks to win but didn’t like the pre-game numbers. Instead of taking a position on the Bucks, you awaited an opportunity in live betting.
The Bucks erased an early 11-point deficit, and starting midway through the second quarter, the remainder of the game was played within 12 points. The Wizards led by three points with just under nine minutes remaining when Giannis scored four points in 16 seconds. At this moment, with a one-point lead at home, the Bucks were -1.5 (115) and -145 on the money line – and the over/under total was 261.5 (-110 over, -115 under).
The Bucks had better odds earlier in the game, but it wasn’t until now that you saw the tide turning in their favor. And you placed a $50 live bet on Bucks -145 with 8:21 remaining.
If you placed the same $50 live bet on the Bucks’ money line (-175) before the game, the potential payout would’ve been $78.57. Now, two hours later, the potential payout was $84.48 on a bet you felt more comfortable with.
The Bucks won, 135-134, and your live bet cashed.
Live Betting Parlays
If multiple games are played concurrently, you can combine live bets from different games to increase your odds and potential payout. If, for example, in the fourth quarter of the Bucks-Wizards game, the Brooklyn Nets were in the first quarter of Game 1. After a Kevin Durant dunk, they led by three points and carried money line odds of -175.
Instead of, or in addition to, placing one $50 bet on the Wizards, you could combine the Bucks’ and Nets’ money lines for a potential payout of $132.76. If both teams win, you made $82.76 on one parlay bet.
Visit BetMGM to view all live betting lines for the NBA Playoffs and other sports.