The 82-game grind of the regular season is behind us.
So are load management absences.
And brutal basketball displays on the second night of a back-to-back.
Yes, the NBA playoffs are here.
Postseason play-in tournament games — whatever you may think about those — wrap up Friday night.
And first-round series tip off Saturday.
In-state NBA bettors have been ready for a while now.
And so have Colorado’s online sportsbooks.
It’s time for the real NBA season to begin.
$10 bet nets $200 with a made 3-pointer
New customer sign-up offers can be found on most all of the available online sports wagering apps in the Centennial State.
But BetMGM Colorado Sportsbook in particular has rolled out an intriguing NBA playoffs-themed promo.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that it’s a trey-rrific opportunity.
Here are the need-to-know details:
- Clink the BetMGM “play now” link below and register your new account.
- Make your initial deposit of at least $10
- Bet $10 on any upcoming NBA game moneyline
- If either team hits a 3-pointer in that game, your account will be credited with $200 in free bets
- And that’s regardless of whether the original moneyline bet winds up winning.
Speaking of that original moneyline wager, it will be paid out as well according to the stated odds if your selected team wins the game.
It’s that easy.
And that potentially lucrative.
So, first-time BetMGM customers, be sure not to miss your shot at $200 in free bets.
2022 playoff field brimming with key storylines
As of Wednesday afternoon, we knew 14 of this year’s 16 playoff participants.
The two No. 8 seeds in each conference will be determined Friday.
Meanwhile, there certainly is no shortage of captivating questions.
They start locally with the Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. Will the likely back-to-back MVP even be enough to lift the Nuggets into the second round?
As of Wednesday, DraftKings Colorado Sportsbook had the Golden State Warriors priced as -250 series favorites.
At 64-18, the Phoenix Suns easily posted the league’s best record. Will anyone be able to keep Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Co. from winning their first NBA title?
They’re atop the DraftKings futures board at .
However, if the Suns fall short again, will Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks become the fourth NBA franchise to win back-to-back championships in the last 20 years?
Elsewhere in the East, are Kevin Durant and the talented Brooklyn Nets finally healthy enough to walk the walk?
Are the surging Boston Celtics for real? Or will the East’s second seed fall prey to a tough first-round draw in the Nets?
Jayson Tatum and the Celtics are slight series favorites of -130 according to DK.
And what about the Philadelphia 76ers?
Will Joel Embiid and Crew shed their postseason underachiever label and advance to the conference finals for the first time in 21 seasons?
Back out West, Ja Morant and the precocious Memphis Grizzlies are the No. 2 seed. They matched the franchise record by winning 56 games and notched the first division title in team history.
Can the Grizzlies avoid upsets and make it to the conference finals for only the second time in the franchise’s 27 seasons?
The answers begin to sort themselves out this weekend.