[toc]It’s an exciting time for NBA fans. The second round of the NBA Playoffs is in full swing as teams from the Eastern and Western conferences inch closer to the Finals in early June.
As such, it is a busy time for punters, and those who place bets with Betway could bag themselves a little bonus.
All bettors need to do is place an In Play bet on any NBA game while it is in progress. If they place a bet and it subsequently loses, but the final score of the game comes from a 3-point shot, then Betway will refund the losing bet up to a maximum amount of £25.
How the Betway NBA Free Bet Special works
The minimum bet for this offer is £5. The bet must be placed In Play. The offer is applicable only to bets placed at odds of 1/2 (1.5) or better. If punters place multiple In Play bets on a game, then they will only receive the free bet refund on their first qualifying bet.
The promotion will run until the end of the playoffs, which will be around mid-June. (It depends how long the many best-of-seven series last.)
Finally, it is only the last point in regulation that counts toward the offer. If a game goes into overtime, any award is based on what the final scoring point was at the end of regulation.
Receiving a free bet results in a time window of seven days to use it; otherwise, it will expire. And the free bet must be used as a single bet in its entirety.
The maximum return on a free bet is £20,000. The free bet stake is not returned with any winnings. Punters can elect to place an Each Way bet with their free bet; however, the total winnings must be greater than the value of the free bet. Therefore, if an Each Way bet costs £25 to place, then the total return must exceed £25 before Betway will pay out.
If the free bet is on a selection that is subsequently voided, then the free bet will be returned to a bettor’s account. It can be reused provided the bet has not expired.
What games are eligible for the NBA Free Bet special?
The NBA Free Bet Special can be used on any of the forthcoming playoff games in either of the two conferences. Here’s a quick breakdown of how things stand in the playoffs.
Eastern Conference breakdown
The Eastern Conference Semifinals are underway, and every series is a best-of-seven contest.
Currently, the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers have a 2-0 lead after blowing out the Toronto Raptors in Games One and Two The Cavaliers are the defending NBA Champions and were one of two teams to complete a series sweep in Round One.
In the other series, the Boston Celtics are up 2-0 on the Washington Wizards. The Celtics won both games on their home court, despite wild swings in each game and reckoning with the tragic and sudden death of Celtics star Isaiah Thomas‘ sister.
Western Conference breakdown
In the West, the 3-point-happy Houston Rockets jumped on the San Antonio Spurs in Game One and never let up on their way to blowout win. The Spurs rebounded with a Game 2 rout, but Spurs veteran Tony Parker suffered what appears to be a severe leg injury.
The other Western Conference series is thought to be less competitive, and the Golden State Warriors showed why in Game One. The Warriors, who annihilated the Portland Trail Blazers in a first-round sweep, made the Utah Jazz look slow and outclassed in their first meeting. Game Two will be played Thursday, still in Oakland.
The last two NBA Finals came down to the Warriors and the Cavaliers. Golden State won in 2015, and the Cavs made a miraculous comeback to get revenge in 2016. The path to a rubber match looks relatively clear for both teams.
Scheduling-wise, NBA games take place throughout the week, but it is important to note that they tip off somewhat late in Europe. In the UK, the earliest games start around midnight, and the Western Conference games begin more like 2 or 3 in the morning.
Bet on who will be NBA Champions
There are still many games to bet on the road to the Finals, but bettors can also enjoy a flutter on which team will be the champion in 2017.
At the moment Betway offers the following odds: The 2015 winners and 2016 runners-up Golden State Warriors are rated as the hot favorites to regain the title they lost last year. They are 9/20 to win the championship. The defending champion Cavaliers are rated 3,333/1,000 chances.
Outside of these two teams, the odds go much longer. The Spurs are an 8/1 chance, Houston Rockets 16/1, Boston Celtics 20/1, and the Toronto Raptors 33/1.