NBA Odds

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Understandings NBA Odds & Point Spreads

One of the fastest-growing categories of sports betting is NBA basketball. It has become available recently to many more players, as more and more states legalize online gambling, and more providers offer NBA odds and betting lines. There are so many things right when we have NBA player matchups head to head for our pleasure!

For those not familiar with betting on the NBA, or with sports betting in general, this guide is an excellent resource for beginners and experienced bettors.  

How Do NBA Odds Work?

NBA odds on any online sportsbook are represented as a number that is positive (+) or negative (-). The minus sign in front of the odds belongs to the team that is the favorite to win the game, the one with the highest NBA win probability. The plus sign represents the team that is the underdog, in other words the team more likely to lose the NBA matchup

The NBA odds lines also indicate how much a winning bet pays. A minus before the odds show how much needs to be wagered in order to win $100, while a plus sign tells you the bet is on the underdog, with the number indicating the amount won for every $100 wagered. NBA scores and matchups make up a pretty big chunk of decisions made in the betting realm!

Basketball Betting Example

The most popular bet in NBA wagering is the spread. In this type of wager, the team with the negative number is the favorite. It is the preferred betting market for the NBA latest lines.

For example, if New York is -10 against the Rockets, who are +10, betting on the Knicks means they must win the game by 11 points or more so you win the bet.

A bet on the Rockets means they would have to either win the game outright or lose by less than 10 points  for you to win. This example extolls the importance of NBA matchup predictions done well and bet well.

Run Line Betting Example

TeamOddsTotal
New York Knicks-10Over 205
Houston Rockets+10Under 205

To understand the bet on the total, or over/under, let’s say the Knicks and Rockets’ total is 205. If one takes the Over, the total points scored by both teams must be at least 206 points or over. For the Under bet, the total points scored must be less than 205 for you to win.

Types of NBA Betting

NBA Betting Odds FAQs

How long before the start of an NBA game should you place your bet?

A few hours before the start is a good time, as this allows you to learn which players are on the injury report and might sit out the game.

When do the NBA playoffs commence following the regular season?

After the conclusion of the NBA regular season and the play-in tournament, the NBA playoffs begin.

Can I place a Parlay across multiple NBA wagers?

Yes. Just like many other sports, parlays can be placed across several bets.

What’s the best type of bet to place on the NBA?

It depends on the knowledge and skill of the bettor and how much risk they’re willing to take. But, of course, the most popular bet is the spread bet.
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