The NBA

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in New York in 1946 and was then known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA).  The NBA is a professional basketball league in the US and has 30 teams.  These 30 teams are franchised and 29 of them are in the US and 1 in Canada.

The NBA is split up into 2 conferences, Western and Eastern, and each conference has 4 divisions.  Each team plays 82 games in a season, out of these 16 will qualify for the play offs, that is 8 teams from each conference.  During the play offs the first team that wins 4 games will go through.  In order to get to the finals the team must win against 3 teams in their own conference.

Types of Bets

There are 3 main bets to select from when betting on the NBA.  The moneyline bet is probably the simplest where bettors bet on the team they believe will win the game.  The points are not the determining factor, the team must just win.

Spread betting is the most popular and common bet.  A spread is the amount of points that a team is giving or receiving.  The NBA odds are usually set with the underdog receiving points and the favourite giving away points.

Totals or under/over bets are determined by the oddsmakers who set a line where the predicted number of points will fall.  It is the combination of all the points that both teams will score and includes overtime.  Bettors must decide and place a wager on whether the score will be less than or more than the line.

Propositions also known as prop bets are wagers placed on things such as which team will win the first points and these bets often carry entertainment value.

Major NBA Events

During the NBA season there are 2 major events that stand out.  The All Star Game takes place half way through the season.  This game is played with All Stars from the Western and Eastern conferences.  Placing bets on the All Star Game has become extremely popular and even events associated with this game are bet on, such as the dunk contest and the 3 point contest.  The main event which receives much attention and bets is the Championship and is the 7 games that the best teams play.

During this event sportsbooks will have a range of prop bets available and may even give out special bonuses.

Betting Tips

Betting on the NBA is easy, but having a strategy and some tips will definitely assist bettors in making a good bet.  The referees of these NBA games can make a difference to how the games are played as well as how they will call a game.  It is also good to keep up to date with any injuries before placing a wager, because knowing that a key player is injured may affect the outcome of a game.

Home court advantage does not play a major role in the NBA betting, but it is something to consider, as some teams will prefer the home court advantage and play a better game.  Having a look at the trends of teams such as has the team had quite a few losses back to back and how did they handle this situation.

Bettors will find that there is no special formula when placing NBA bets, but with some research and practice bettors will find that they are able to make a well-informed wager.