The 3 Best Promo Codes for Betting on NBA In-Season Tournament Games

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) passes the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young (11) passes the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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Don’t adjust the color on your TV. Yes, the NBA courts tonight are that funky.

It’s Friday, and it’s NBA In-Season Tournament night! Huh? What is that, you ask? Tonight features 11 NBA games with results all counting toward Group Play standings for the first ever NBA In-Season Tournament. Group Play games will continue next week and then 8 teams will advance to the Knock Out stage before moving on to the “Final 4″ in Las Vegas on December 7.

While the games have been enjoyable from a viewership standpoint (Weird courts! Players playing hard! Close games!), sports bettors have enjoyed some more betting options for the early part of the NBA regular season. This includes betting on tournament outcomes such as various Group winners as well as betting on who will win the tournament outright. Moreover, the tournament even has its own MVP which you can bet on!

Before we get jump into the spreads and latest odds, let’s first look at the best sports betting promos available for bettors to use when betting on tonight’s tournament games.

The Best Promos for NBA Betting This Weekend

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  • ESPN BET: Bet Anything, Get $250 (click here, then MUST manually enter promo code AJC to get bonus)
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  • DraftKings: Bet $5, Get $150 (click here to register)

Tonight’s NBA Schedule

Here are the in-season tournament games scheduled for tonight with spreads from ESPN BET:

GameFavorite (Spread)Points Total
NY Knicks vs. Washington WizardsKnicks (-7.5)O/U 227.5
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Charlotte HornetsBucks (-7.5)O/U 238.5
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Atlanta HawksHawks (1.5)O/U 236.5
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto RaptorsCeltics (-7.5)O/U 222.5
Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio SpursKings (-8.5)O/U 238.5
Detroit Pistons vs. Cleveland CavaliersCavs (-8.5)O/U 220.5
Orlando Magic vs. Chicago BullsBulls (-1.5)O/U 215.5
Denver Nuggets vs. New Orleans PelicansNuggets (-5.5)O/U 224.5
LA Lakers vs. Portland Trail BlazersLakers (-8.5)O/U 223.5
Phoenix Suns vs. Utah JazzSuns (-5.5)O/U 237.5
Houston Rockets vs. LA ClippersClippers (-7.5)O/U 218.5

Interesting Prop Bets For Tonight’s Games

Prop bets are also a fun way to bet on tonight’s NBA in-season tournament games. NBA prop bets typically involve betting on whether or not an individual player hits or fails to hit a certain threshold for a statistical category. These can be points, rebounds, assists, steals, three-point shots made, and more.

What are interesting prop bets for tonight?

I’m a big fan of Houston’s Alperen Sengun who has been playing outstanding basketball. His point total is currently set at 17.5 for tonight’s game across most of the sportsbooks. Sengun has crossed this threshold in 6 of his last 10 games including his last 3.

Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis is coming off a monster game and has his point total set for tonight’s game at 18.5. Sabonis has scored at least 23 points in 3 of his last 4 games including the monster 29-point performance the other night against the Lakers.

Orlando’s Jalen Suggs is a defensive machine. His total for steals + blocks sits at 1.5 tonight, and this is a threshold that Suggs has crossed in 8 of his last 10 games.

On the downside, I’m looking at Anthony Davis who has his point total set for 24.5 points tonight. Davis has failed to score this many points in 4 of his last 5 games, with all 4 of these games less than 20 points. Portland doesn’t have a great defense, so it’s possible that Davis bucks his recent trend and goes over, but I personally like the under.

In-Season Tournament Winner Odds

One of the more interesting areas of NBA betting currently are the in-season tournament outright winner odds. Since this tournament is brand new to the league, the odds have really moved around quite a bit. Here’s a look at the top ten teams according to ESPN BET’s odds the morning of Friday, November 17, 2023. These odds will move after this evening’s games.

TeamsOdds
Boston Celtics+400
Denver Nuggets+500
Milwaukee Bucks+500
LA Lakers+700
Minnesota Timberwolves+1000
Indiana Pacers+1400
Miami Heat+1500
Golden State Warriors+2000
Philadelphia 76ers+2000
Phoenix Suns+2000

Boston is healthy and playing great basketball. The path is indeed there. Denver Nuggets might still be the best team in the league, but the injury of Jamal Murray could potentially get in the way. The Minnesota Timberwolves have come on in this young season as one of the best teams. The T-Wolves have a great defense, size, and a star player that can really take over games. Oh, and they’re hungry. I like the T-Wolves at the +1000.

After tonight’s 11 tournament games, we’ll likely start to see this narrow a bit as the picture gets clearer as to what teams we can reasonably expect to move beyond the Group Play stage and advance to the Knock Out round.

Enjoy the games tonight!

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