Introduction to Betting on the NBA

Bet on the NBA

Most Common NBA Bets

There are loads of ways to bet on the NBA, but some of the most common and popular include the following:

Money Line

The easiest way to bet on the NBA is to use the money line - it is the simplest type of bet to understand. With the money line, we are betting on which team we think will win, and don’t need to depend on anything else in order to win our bet. If the team you select wins, then your bet is a winner as well.

Point Spread

The most popular bet for a lot of Americans is the point spread. With the spread, the bookmaker is leveling the playing field between the two sides by adding a points handicap to one of the teams. The idea is that with the handicap applied, the sides should be evenly matched, giving you a near 50/50 decision between the two teams. In order for you to win your bet, the team you select has to win once the handicap is applied.

For example, in a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies, the Warriors will be strong favorites. The bookmaker may set the “line” at as much as 18.5 points, so we are deciding who will win if the Warriors had an 18.5 point head start. If the Warriors won by 19 or more, then the Warriors -18.5 would win, while if the Grizzlies won or lost by 18 points or fewer, then the Grizzlies +18.5 would win.

Game Totals

An alternative but equally popular way to bet on the NBA is to use game totals. In this type of bet, the bookie is predicting the number of points they think is about right for the game in total. We are then presented with a decision as to whether we think there will be over or under that many points.

Using game totals is a great way to bet if you have a feeling as to whether the game will be high or low-scoring, without having to depend on either team performing particularly well or badly in the game.

The NBA Season

The NBA season is a marathon, not a sprint, with the eventual winners playing over 100 games in total.


Before the real action gets underway, NBA teams go through training camps and some pre-season games in order to finalize their rosters and get the players fit and ready for the grueling regular season. First team players are often used sparingly, while fringe players will get the chance to impress and force their way onto the 12-man roster to start the season.

Regular Season

After preparing themselves during pre-season, the NBA regular season action starts in October. Each team plays 82 games between the opening day and the middle of April, including four games against rivals in their division. Every team plays each other at least twice during the regular season, with games played even on Christmas Day. Many teams go through spells of playing games back to back on consecutive days, and with the traveling that goes with playing all over the country, the NBA is a real test of a player’s fitness and mental strength.

A highlight of the regular season is the All-Star Game held each year in February, with the best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences going head to head, while the Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Contest, and Skills Contest give us the chance to see the best NBA players showing what they’ve got outside of the pressure of a regular season game.


After the regular season is over, the top eight teams from each conference go into the playoffs to compete to become the champions of the NBA.

The NBA is different from most other sports in that one team from each division doesn’t automatically go into the playoffs, and the teams with the best records from the regular season go into the playoffs without exception. That means we get to see only the best teams going head to head in the postseason.

Each series during the playoffs features a maximum of seven games, with four played at the home of the higher seeded team. The highest seeded team has home court advantage throughout the playoffs, as well as the chance to play against low-seeded teams in the early rounds.

In order to become the NBA Champions, a side has to come through four series of seven games against progressively tougher opponents, culminating in the NBA Finals in June.

NBA Betting Tips

Betting on the NBA can be just like the game itself - fast and furious - and if you have your finger on the pulse you can make a great profit betting on the NBA.

There are several factors to consider when making your NBA bets, but some of the most important include a team’s schedule, team news, and statistics.

Teams can go through tough periods and easier ones, so keeping this in mind can give you an edge. Sometimes teams will have runs of games on the road, where they will be traveling a number of miles, and with back to back games running down the energy levels of even the best players. Other teams may be going gentler runs of home games with plenty of gaps between fixtures, so keeping this in mind when placing your bets is important.

Team news definitely needs to be considered as well. NBA features small teams in terms of the numbers of players on the court, and so losing a player from the starting lineup could have a massive impact on a team’s chances. Keeping an eye on the teams as they come in, as well as injury updates, should give you a chance of having a head start on the bookies.

If you enjoy betting on game totals, then making use of stats is vitally important. We can use statistics to work out how many points a team tends to score and give away in a game, as well as the overall nature of their games, allowing us to work out how many points to expect in a game and allowing us to make an informed wager on the game.

Getting all of this right will give you the best chance of making a profit from your NBA betting, but just as vital is choosing the best NBA bookmaker in the first place. So make sure to choose only the best as chosen by the team at Top 10 Sports Betting Sites.


About the Author

Dan Bradley

Ever since he was 6 years old and made the fatal mistake of asking his Dad, "What's that on the TV?", Dan has been engrossed by football, and many other sports have since had a similar impact on him. Dan has been blogging and writing about sport for the last few years, usually looking at things from the perspective of a bettor, but most of all as a true sports fanatic. From golf to ten pin bowling: You name it, Dan’ll have an opinion on it.



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