The premier basketball competition in the world, the NBA pits thirty teams against one another every year, to see who will come out on top and take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
NBA Betting Options
There’s a lot of jargon when it comes to betting, so to help you decide which format is right for you we’ve explained some of the most common betting options available to punters when it comes to wagering on the NBA.
Placing a bet on a spread is wagering on the final margin of victory. A spread picks a favourite and an underdog and sets a margin by which the favourite needs to win by. The spread is a great way to even out the odds on your favourite team if they aren’t expected to win the game.
The Moneyline provides different odds depending on who is expected to win a match. Betting on the favourite here might not offer big returns, however, betting on the underdog can see a massive cash out if they manage to pull through.
If you’ve been a fan of the game for a while, then you might want to make a bet on the final score of the match. The totals bet allows punters to wager on the combined score of both teams when the final buzzer rings.
Quarter/First Half Line
Quarter and first half bets allow punters to pick their favourite for who will come out on top in the first 12 or 24 minutes. This is great for teams that are known to come out fast and hard, providing punters with a little more flexibility on how they place their wagers.
Perhaps the most popular form of betting for people who love the game are futures wagers. This wager allows punters to pick their favourite to win a conference or the NBA championship. If you have a favourite player, you can also bet on who will come out as the league’s MVP for the season.
NBA History and Regular Season
Basketball has come a long way since the NBA was founded by merging the BAA and NBL in the 40s and 50s. Today, despite being called the National Basketball League, the NBA attracts some of the best basketball players across the world to take part in the yearly showdown.
Starting with just 11 teams, today there are 30, 29 from the United States and 1 from Canada. During the regular season each team plays a gruelling 82 games, playing each team twice at home and away. Once the regular season comes to a close the top eight teams in each conference take part in the playoff. The best team at the end of the playoffs has the opportunity to take home the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. With that many games there are plenty of opportunities to place a bet and watch some of the best players in the world go head to head.
NBA Tips and Betting Preview
To help you figure out your strategy, take a look at our NBA tips and betting previews.