While most basketball bettors concentrate on the full game lines in NBA betting, first half basketball lines might offer exceptional value for the smart handicapper.
A 48-minute NBA game is broken down into four 12-minute quarters, and bettors are able to place bets on the 1st quarter and 1st half lines before these contests begin.
The 1st quarter line (generally ¼ of the entire game’s spread) lets you dictate who you think will be covering the spread at the end of one quarter of play. The 1st half lines are essentially the same, only they extend through the 1st half of play.
Like other sports, some NBA teams are known to jump out of the gate quickly and build an early lead, while others are “4th quarter teams” who like to play from behind. This is were a NBA Sports bettor can find value in second half odds.
Do a little research and find out what teams tend to come out strong and what teams take a while to find a rhythm. Finding the ones that hold the advantage in the first half might take a little more time than your regular research for a full game bet, but the outcome will be worth the extra effort. Continue