The NBA Playoffs are set and the DraftKings Online Sportsbook has an incredible offer for those who want to get in on the action. Right now, you can get a free $10 live bet, every day you wager $20 on DraftKings NBA Playoff game.
How DraftKings Free NBA Playoff live bets work
The promotion will run from August 17th until August 30th. Following opt-in, place a $20 bet on an NBA playoff bet every day from 8/17 – 8/30 for one free daily $10 live bet. To qualify, bets must have -250 odds or longer (e.g. -220, +175, etc). Users can place multiple qualifying bets per day to reach their total of $20 wagered to qualify.
Once the qualifying amount is wagered, you’ll be issued a $10 free, live bet to use on any NBA Live Market that day. The free, live bet expires each day at 11:59 PM ET. It includes live bets and parlays. The promotion excludes free bets, cash bets, voided bets, and odds boosts. Note, in order to qualify these bets, you must place the bets in the following states: CO, PA, NJ, IA, IN, or WV.
The NBA Restart so far
If you read my set of pieces for the NBA restart, I hope you took my advice and picked one of the four teams I advised for the promotion. Had you done so, you’ could’ve won up to $100. The good news is, I’m still alive and I’m ready to offer up more winners for the NBA Playoffs.
When the re-start was announced, I had my doubts. A bubble environment, in a league that is notoriously filled with guys who enjoy the night life, sounds like a formula for failure. Alas, the NBA has handled it about as well as possible. Since the restart, the Blazers, who had one foot in the grave, have made an improbable run and are preparing for a Round One showdown with the Western Conference top seed, the Lakers. Damien Lillard has been absolutely on fire since the midway point of the bubble.
The Grizzlies lost one of their top two guys in Jaren Jackson Jr, early on in the bubble, and tumbled out of contention, losing to the Blazers in the play-in game, narrowly.
The Wizards pretty much rolled over from the start. The Heat have been on fire throughout the re-start and have a favorable draw against the Pacers in Round One. The Nuggets young roster has come together faster than most expected, and the 76ers have fallen apart just as quickly. With all the storylines since the restart, it’s been an exciting build-up for a playoff run.
DraftKings Online Sportsbook NBA Playoff Round 1 picks
I like two series here for the promotion. The first is the Rockets and Thunder and the second is the Celtics and Sixers.There are some solid choices for the opening round on this promo, but for competitiveness’ sake, I like this Rockets and Thunder series.
The reason I like it so much is the absence of Russell Westbrook. I think the odds will stay within the limits of the promotion and with that, I like the Thunder early in the series.
Once Westbrook returns, it’s probably wise to take the Rockets on his second game back and going forward. If both teams were completely healthy, I’d like the Rockets in six, but given the current state, if Westbrook can return by game three, I think Rockets in seven is fair. Because of Westbrook’s injury, it should be good to bet the Thunder through the first three and the Rockets after that.
I really like the Celtics here for my second series pick. The odds should be within the terms of the promotion, throughout the series. Though the 76ers have looked good at times, without Simmons, the Celtics are far better coached and have much more of an identity.
I expect this series to go six games, but for the terms of the promotion, this is one to follow. Since losing Simmons, the Sixers went 2-3 in the remaining regular-season bubble games, capping the season with a big win over a Rockets team missing Russell Westbrook. The 76ers have an array of interesting and talented players, but the chemistry never really became gave them the identity they seek.
With so many questions heading into a matchup against a well-coached team, the Celtics are the safe pick here.