BetRivers Sportsbook is offering NBA bettors the chance to make money series-by-series on wagers for teams to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
This offer isn’t exclusive to new users. To qualify, just place a minimum wager of $25 on a team to win the 2022 NBA championship, and for each series that team wins, you’ll receive a $5 free play.
Free bets will only be valid for seven days, can only be used once, and must be placed on a bet with odds -200 or greater.
2022 NBA championship odds
Here are the championship winnings odds available at Illinois mobile sportsbooks:
If the oddsmakers are on top of their game, it should be a rematch of the 2021 NBA Finals, with the Phoenix Suns squaring off with the Milwaukee Bucks once again. But the beauty of sports is the only certainty is uncertainty.
Before you place your wagers on who will win it all, take a closer look at these teams who could promise great return on investment as well as an offer for new BetRivers users.
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Just use the code PLAY250 and you can earn the match. This is available for new users only, unlike the series-by-series promotion.
Philadelphia 76ers (+1400)
Philadelphia’s offense runs through center Joel Embiid, who led the NBA in points per game at 30.6.
This is only the fourth time in the last 30 seasons a center won the NBA scoring title, with the last time coming in the 1999-2000 season when Shaquille O’Neal was the top dog in scoring.
A turning point in the 76ers season came in late February when a blockbuster trade sent former 76er Ben Simmons to the Brooklyn Nets in return for James Harden. Since then Embiid and former MVP and 10-time all-star Harden combined for a lethal pick-and-roll combo, giving opposing defenses nightmares.
The 76ers are 16-9 since the Harden trade and poised to make a run as the four seed out of the Eastern Conference.
Golden State Warriors (+800)
The Warriors came out of the gates on fire this season, with an 18-2 record in its opening 20 games.
They’re led by familiar faces in Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Stephen Curry.
While they’ve lost a few major pieces since their last NBA Finals appearance, the new faces they’ve acquired have proven to be just as effective.
Jordan Poole averaged 18.5 points per game and Andrew Wiggins put up 17.2 points per game. With the pair making solid contributions offensively, it helped Curry and Thompson wreak even more havoc on opposing defenses.
Chicago Bulls (+12,000)
This is PlayIllinois.com, after all.
We’d be remiss if there was no mention of the team that captured the hearts of Illinoisans for a good portion of the NBA season.
From a glass-half-full perspective, the Bulls hold tremendous value to cash your ticket early if they win a round or two this postseason. If they manage to bring home the franchise’s seventh championship, you’ll be dancing down Madison Street.
Chicago was 17 games above .500 at the all-star break and watching this team led by Demar Derozan, Zach Lavine, and Alex Caruso has been a 180 from the product Bulls fans have been accustomed to in recent years.
From a glass-half-empty (or more realistic) standpoint, it would be wasteful to put money on this Bulls team to win it all.
They finished the season with a 1-4 record while fighting to avoid the play-in tournament. Luckily, losses by the Cleveland Cavaliers at season’s end allowed the Bulls to clinch the sixth seed.
Chicago also showed an inability to beat championship contenders, finishing with a 23-26 record against teams over .500.
The Bulls were hopeful that lockdown defender Lonzo Ball would be able to return from injury in time for the playoffs, as defense has been a weak point for the team this season.
However, it was announced on April 6 that Ball’s highly anticipated return would need to wait until next season as the UCLA alumni was still experiencing knee pain from a January surgery.