How To Bet On NBA Basketball

Knowing how to bet on an NBA game can bring much added excitement to watching your favorite teams go up against their rivals. If you want to get started learning how to bet on NBA basketball games, you should know that there are three ways to bet on NBA games; NBA spread Betting, NBA money line betting and over under NBA betting. Some other types of betting are possible such as prop bets. Below is a detailed explanation on how these bets are made.

NBA Spread Betting

For those who aren’t already familiar with the term, NBA spread betting is similar to NFL spread betting and much preferred by skilled and experienced bettors. An oddsmaker will be setting a number that the favored team is expected to win by. If a bettor bets on the favored team, the bet on this team only wins if the team wins by more than the amount of points they are favored by. For an underdog to win, they can simply win the game or lose by fewer points than they are underdogs by. For example, the oddsmaker sets the number to 3.5. If the favored team wins, their winning points total should be 4 points or more. If you are betting on the underdogs, you can only win the bet if they win the game outright or lose by 3 or fewer points.

NBA Money Line Betting

This is the easiest way of betting in an NBA game as you will simply choose a team you think will be most likely to win the game. The winning points totals are not an important factor as long as you place your bet on the winning team. There is nothing complicated about this kind of betting and the amount of bets placed using this method is much less than any other type.

Over Under NBA Betting

Over under betting is a little bit more complicated than money line betting. An oddsmaker will set a number, which can possibly be the combined score of both teams, which is called the game total. The bettors then decide to place a bet on either going over the total combined score of both teams or under at the end of the game. If, for example, the oddsmaker sets the total score at 182 points. Bettors for over will win if the combined score for both teams is 183 points or beyond, however if it is lower than 181, those who placed their bets on under will win the bet. Refunds will be given if the total score lands on the exact point, in this case, 182.

Prop Betting for the NBA

Prop bets or proposition bets are also made on NBA basketball games. Bettors bet on anything other than the final results of the game. They can choose to place a bet on the halftime score or they can bet on an individual player’s score. Future prop bets are also made such as betting for the player who comes out as MVP for the season or which team wins the championship in any given year. One can also bet on who will be chosen as the Rookie of the year. There is an endless possibility of proposition bets when it comes to betting on NBA games.


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