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As one of the big four sports in the USA and an increasingly popular sport around the world, online basketball betting offers edge-of-your-seat excitement at home or on the go!
During the regular season, each team plays 82 games, which means that there are a total of 1,230 basketball games to enjoy each season. With hard-hitting action, huge sponsorship deals, superstar names, and multi-million deals on the line, basketball is one of the most exhilarating sports to bet on.
2020 Basketball Playoffs
The 2018-2019 pro basketball season was one of thrilling plot twists, unbelievable highs, and devastating lows. The Toronto Raptors were crowned kings for the first time as they tore apart the dynasty of the Golden State Warriors and we’ll never take the unpredictability of the league for granted again. The championship this season looks like a straight fight between the Lakers in the West and the Bucks in the East. However, the announcement of a play-in tournament in Orlando to replace the traditional playoff format has made this the most unpredictable pro basketball postseason ever!
The odds on some of the traditional outsiders may look even more tempting, so get your basketball playoff bets in here!
Pro Basketball Betting FAQs
How to bet on pro basketball
When betting on basketball, it’s important to know the season schedule and study each team to fully understand their strengths and weaknesses. The most common bets in basketball are:
- Moneyline bets: Bet on who you think will win a game/season/championship.
- Spread bets: This is when a sportsbook casino levels out the playing field between two unevenly matched teams. The stronger team will be given a number of points of which they are expected to win by, called the line or spread. If the stronger team loses or fails to put more points on the board than the bookies predicted, then those that bet on the strong team will not win.
- Over/under bets: Bet on whether you think the total points will be above or below the number of points that the sportsbook has stated.
- Proposition bets: Bet on a particular outcome within a game, such as whether a certain player will make more than four 3-pointers in a game, which team will win the opening tip-off, or which team will put the first points on the board, etc.
- Live betting: Place bets during the game to get the best of shifting lines as the game goes on. For example, if the Bucks are huge favorites to win but have a poor first quarter, then you could bet with much more favorable odds that they’ll still come back and take the game, meaning that you’ll win more money than if you had placed the bet with the before-game odds.
- Futures: Bet on what you think is going to happen in the future - are the Bucks going to take the championship? Who will be the two teams in the playoffs?
How to bet on spread basketball
The spread is when the bookies give the stronger team a handicap to overcome to win the game. For example, if the 76ers and the Bulls are going head-to-head, the 76ers are going to be strong favorites. To even out the playing field, sportsbooks will give them a number of points that they have to win by. If they are given -4.5 points then the line will be +4.5 for the Bulls. If you’ve put money on the 76ers, then they have to win by more than 4.5 points for you to win your bet. If they haven’t won by this margin or the Bulls win outright, then those who have bet on the 76ers won’t get any money. Bettors that have placed money on the Bulls will get their cash if the Bulls win or if the 76ers win by less than 4.5 points.
What is a moneyline bet in basketball
Moneyline is the simplest bet in basketball and all you need to do is put your money on who you think will win the game. You will get more for your money if you bet that the underdogs will win and they do.
How do odds work in basketball
Odds in basketball are fairly straightforward: the lowest number is the strongest team. Normally, the stronger team will be assigned odds such as -140 and the underdogs will get something like +160. However, the stronger team could also have a + value number, but it will just be lower than that of weaker opponents.
How to bet over/under in basketball
An over/under bet in basketball is straightforward. All you need to do is bet on whether the final score will be above or below the points given by sportsbooks. If the score is more than the points given then the over has won, and vice versa.
What does handicap mean in basketball betting
The stronger teams in basketball are given handicaps to ensure a more level playing field and to encourage bettors to bet on underdogs. If both teams simply went ahead without a handicap, then no one would bet on the underdogs, as it is highly unlikely that they will win any money. The stronger team is given a certain number of points that they have to win by in order for their bettors to win. If the underdogs win outright or lose within the points margin, then those that bet on that team will be the winners.
How to read basketball betting lines
Reading the betting lines in basketball is easy and comes down to the type of bet that you are making. Always remember that the lower odds indicate the favorite to win.
- Point spread example: New Orleans Pelicans -5 vs. Minnesota Timberwolves +5
This means that the Pelicans are favorites to win the match; if you decide to bet on the Pelicans, then they have to win by at least 6 to have a winning bet. If you bet on the Timberwolves then your bet will win if they win the game outright or if they lose by a number less than 5. If the Pelicans won by exactly 5 points, then the game bet will be a push and all bettors will get their bet amount back.
- Moneyline example: This is when you bet outright on the winner of a game. As per usual, the stronger team has a lower number. If we look at an extreme example, then imagine the Milwaukee Bucks are at -400 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are at +600. This means that you would have to bet $400 to make $100 off the Bucks and that you would receive $600 from a $100 bet if you’ve backed the Cavaliers and they win.
- Totals example: Next to every basketball game you will see a totals number that the bookies predict for the outcome of the game. If the total is 141, then you can bet whether the total points in the game will be more than or less than that number. If the game finishes at exactly 141 then both sides get their bet money returned.
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