NBA bettors are getting their best shot to win big in the NBA Playoffs.
The big question for bettours in the playoffs is, “Where do I place my bets?”
The odds are stacked in favor of the winner, but it’s also worth remembering that the winner gets to keep the money.
That means there’s always room for improvement.
Here are 10 of the best bets in NBA Playoffs history that have been right.1.
The Boston Celtics in 2000 The Celtics would go on to win the NBA title and win a record $1.5 billion in prize money for the second consecutive season.
The next year, the Celtics would beat the Spurs in the Finals for the third time in five seasons.
But they were never able to repeat that feat.
So who were the big winners?
The biggest losers?
Boston would have had to win all three NBA championships to break even for a third time.
They did so by winning the NBA championship in 2000.2.
The Dallas Mavericks in 2003 The Mavericks would win the 2003 NBA Championship by winning a record-setting 12 straight regular-season games.
They also would go into the postseason as the favorites for a second straight year.
But the Mavericks would lose in six games in the Western Conference Semifinals, losing to the eventual champion Spurs in five.3.
The San Antonio Spurs in 2005 The Spurs would lose the 2005 NBA Championship to the Boston Celtics, the year before becoming the first team to win an NBA Championship in back-to-back years.
However, the Spurs would come back and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games to become the only team to ever win an All-Star Game in back to back seasons.4.
The Phoenix Suns in 2007 The Suns would finish in the top four in the West the year after the season-ending Finals win over the Spurs, and they would go 11-1 in the regular season.
However in the post-season, the Suns would lose four of their final six games to fall to the Cleveland Cavs in six.5.
The New Orleans Pelicans in 2010 The Pelicans would win back-up points in the postseason for the first time since the 2001-02 season, and the season was back on track for the Pelicans after a 3-9 start.
But when they played the Utah Jazz in the first round, they lost in six and fell in six to the Golden State Warriors in six in the second round.
The Pelicans would go through the playoffs with a 6-8 record, but the year ended in disappointment for owner Steve Ballmer after he fired Head Coach Monty Williams in October 2010.6.
The Philadelphia 76ers in 2011 The Sixers would go to the Finals twice in the previous two seasons, but this year they would be eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals.
However this year, they would finish the season with a 9-10 record, and were a favorite to win it all for the fourth time in six seasons.7.
The Washington Wizards in 2012 The Wizards would win their second straight NBA Championship, but they would also have to go through a messy process to get back to the postseason.
The team was eliminated in seven games in their opening round matchup with the Chicago Bulls, but were victorious in the third round over the Houston Rockets.8.
The Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013 The Thunder would make the postseason once again, but would have to fight for the top spot in the East by losing to Boston in six straight games.
However it would be tough for Russell Westbrook to finish with the best record in the league, especially considering the Thunder would also need to beat the Boston Cavaliers in the series.9.
The Chicago Bulls in 2014 The Bulls would go 9-7 in their first 10 games of the season, but had to make a difficult playoff series to advance to the second game in six years.
The Bulls went on to lose to the Atlanta Hawks in seven in the conference semifinals, and would be swept in seven again in seven.10.
The Charlotte Hornets in 2015 Charlotte would have a chance to go to a second consecutive NBA Finals, but a poor start to the season would see them fall to a 7-12 record in November.
However the Hornets would end the season by going 13-11 and making the playoffs for the ninth time in their history.11.
The Miami Heat in 2016 The Heat would go 10-5 in the season opener and would make it back to action with a 12-2 record in their final 20 games.
The Heat had the second-best record in NBA history in 2016-17, but struggled in the next two seasons.12.
The Los Angeles Lakers in 2017 The Lakers would finish a disappointing fourth in the 2017 NBA Finals.
But their playoff run would end after the Lakers lost to the Houston Astros in seven to reach the Finals.13.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Golden State would have the best odds of making the 2016 NBA Finals with the Cavs winning Game 6 of the series to win a franchise