NBA Betting: Our Favorite Three Bets to Win the 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament

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By:
Michael Savio
12/05/2023
NBA

Highlights

  • The Pacers are +500 to win after beating Boston last night
  • Malik Beasley is averaging 11.8 points and has scored 14+ in four straight games
  • The Suns have lost just two games with Booker and Durant both in the lineup

The first-ever NBA In-Season tournament is in its final week as we prepare for the knockout round and finals. Eight teams enter the knockout stage, and two left last night, leaving us with six teams vying for the newly created championship title.

Below, we will be sharing our three favorite bets to win the tournament. We will share the current odds and the reasons why we like each, giving you everything you need to win big at NBA betting sites on the final week of the In-Season Tournament.

Indiana Pacers 

+500 to win at FanDuel Sportsbook 

The Pacers kicked off the In-Season Tournament with a 122-112 upset of the Boston Celtics. They were able to get the win thanks to a monster third quarter that saw them outscore Boston by 14 points. It swung the game, handing Indiana their eleventh win of the season.  

While their win last night was stunning, this is an improved Pacers team. Tyrese Haliburton (27.0 PPG, 11.8 APG, 1.1 ST, 51.9% FG, 44.7 3PT) is turning into one of the best players in the league, and was clutch last night with 26 points, 13 assists, and ten rebounds all without turning the ball over. There are not a lot of players that can carry a team like that, making them a very real threat to win the In-Season Tournament.

One big reason we love this bet is that the Pacers will likely face the Bucks in the semi-finals. Milwaukee is a much better team, but they are still figuring out how to play with their new lineup. It has led to some ugly play, and Indiana is good enough to capitalize. This is a long shot bet, but we think it is worth taking.  

Milwaukee Bucks 

+350 to win at BetMGM Sportsbook 

This Bucks remains a work in progress, but they are still winning a lot of games. Damian Lillard has completely changed the look of this Eastern Conference powerhouse, giving them one of the best closers in the league. “Dame Time” has won the Bucks a lot of close games this season. It has helped cover for the team’s sluggish start and kept them towards the top of the conference. 

The biggest question around this team is their bench. Jae Crowder remains out with an injury, leaving Bobby Portis as the only reliable option coming off the bench. That is a major concern this season, but it hasn’t stopped them from winning all their group games. As long as Dame and Giannis remain healthy, they will have an excellent shot to win this tournament. 

Aside from Milwaukee’s stars, keep an eye on Malik Beasley. The guard has taken over as the starting shooting guard and has been fantastic. He is averaging 11.8 points and has scored 14+ in four straight games. If he can stay hot (especially from three) it will be very hard to beat this Bucks team.

Phoenix Suns 

+600 at BetRivers Sportsbook

The Suns have been devastated by injuries early this season, barely getting to see their new “Big Three” play together. Bradley Beal has played just three games thanks to a lower back injury. Devin Booker also has missed time, but he is now back in the lineup. He joins Kevin Durant, who is having an MVP-level season by averaging 31 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.2 blocks per game.

While Durant and Booker alone make this a scary team to beat, we love the pieces Phoenix has around them. Grayson Allen was a great acquisition, as was Eric Gordon and Jusuf Nurkic. This is a much deeper Suns team that we saw last season, and it makes their +600 price too good to pass up on. 

The Suns have lost just two games with Booker and Durant both in the lineup, signaling that they will be a tough out in the In-Season Tournament this week.

Michael is an avid sports fan and a veteran bettor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He learned the trade from his grandfather in Las Vegas as a kid. As an adult, Michael started picking games for a small sports betting site and has built it into a career. His experience allows him to provide tips and information to help other bettors improve their game. Michael cheers for all Wisconsin pro teams, the Arizona State Sun Devils (his alma mater), and the Ottawa Senators. He specializes in baseball betting but has extensive experience in football, basketball, and hockey. When he isn’t pouring over stats, he’s spending time with his two young children or hiking and enjoying the outdoors.