The 2019/2020 NBA season has officially returned. Following months of a suspended season, the NBA will resume play on Thursday, July 30th, and DraftKings has an incredible promo to celebrate its return. Right now, you can bet $20 on any opening weekend winner and take home $100.
Every NBA game between July 30th and August 1st is eligible. Visit DraftKings Sportsbook and you’ll see the promo on the first page. The promo also appears in green on the main NBA page. Click, “Choose Now.” Pick your game by clicking “Boost this game.” Be sure to choose wisely because you cannot change your boosted game.
Apply the boost to the team in the matchup you want by adding that team’s money line to your bet slip and applying the boost. Your first bet with the boost is your qualifying bet. The maximum bet amount is $20, while the limit is one bet per user. It excludes live bets, parlays, cash-out bets, free bets, and voided bets. You must be in CO, PA, IN, IA, NJ, or WV to qualify.
NBA opening weekend schedule
Here’s the list of games and odds according to DraftKings Sportsbook as of Wednesday, July 29th. Please check DraftKings Sportsbook for the up-to-date odds.
Jazz (+114) vs Pelicans (-136)
Clippers (+140) vs Lakers (-167)
Magic (-265) vs Nets (+215)
Grizzlies (+112) vs Trail Blazers (-134)
Suns (-275) vs Wizards (+225)
Celtics (+160) vs Bucks (-195)
Kings (-136) vs Spurs (+114)
Rockets (-105) vs Mavericks (-113)
Heat (+108) vs Nuggets (-127)
Jazz (-105) vs Thunder (-113)
Pelicans (+145) vs Clippers (-175)
76ers (-250) vs Pacers (+205)
Lakers (-175) vs Raptors (+145)
NBA DraftKings opening weekend betting tips
There are 22 NBA teams playing in Orlando and all 22 technically have a shot at the playoffs. However, some of the teams invited to the bubble don’t stand much of a chance to make the playoffs. Other teams will be without key players, due to the pandemic, or opting out to stay with family during the pandemic.
The Wizards are one of the few teams who qualify in both these areas. The Wizards were the ninth-seeded team in the East before the season was suspended. They are 24-40 and will be without their top two players, Bradley Beal and John Wall. They’ll also be without another key player, Davis Bertans. All that being said, other sites aren’t even allowing money line bets on this game, because the expectation is that the Suns, led by Devin Booker, are going to put up 140 points and humiliate the Wizards and their depleted roster. The Phoenix Suns are my best bet for this promo.