After one of the wildest NBA free agency periods in recent memory, everyone is excited for the new season to start. The new season won’t tip off until some time in October, but there is already plenty of buzz. We have seen the balance of power shift demonstrably for the first time since LeBron James left Miami, and the betting odds on NBA teams have changed dramatically over the summer. The NBA is now the second-most popular sport in the United States, and it is the American sport with the most global support. That has led to a sharp increase in the number of people betting on the NBA, and there are a number of ways to bet on NBA games.
The NBA is now the second-most popular sport in the United States, and it is the American sport with the most global support. That has led to a sharp increase in the number of people betting on the NBA, and there are a number of ways to bet on NBA games.
As NBA betting has become more popular, there have been more and more betting options available to consumers. The most popular types of bets involve betting on the NBA pointspread, but you can also bet on NBA totals and more at different online sportsbooks.
Throughout the season, betting on NBA futures is available. There are more options available prior to the start of the season than there are when the action gets underway, but you will be able to bet on NBA title odds and conference odds throughout the regular season and playoffs.
Additionally, there are player props that you can bet at online sportsbooks. You can bet on players to have a certain number of points, assists, or rebounds in a game if you like a player to pop off.
NBA Pointspread Betting
This is the most basic type of betting on NBA games. When you bet on a pointspread, you bet on a team to beat or cover the number. The pointspread is a predicted margin of victory for one team over another that is intended to create balanced action on a game. Let’s say the Golden State Warriors were six-point favorites over the Los Angeles Lakers in a Tuesday night game. In that case, if you bet on the Warriors, they would have to win by more than six points for you to win your bet. If they won by six points exactly, the bet would be a push, while if they won by five points or less (or lost to the Lakers), the Lakers would effectively cover the spread.
NBA Total or Over/Under
When you bet on an NBA total or over/under you are betting on the total number of points in a game. For example, if the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are playing and the total for the game has been set at 222.5 points, you can bet on whether there will be more or less points scored. If the two teams combine for 223 points or more, the over wins. However, if the two teams combine for 222 points or less, the under cashes.
NBA Money Line
Betting on NBA moneylines is great if you don’t want to worry about a team winning by a certain amount of points, or if you think an underdog has a great chance of pulling off the upset. The latter option is the main reason people bet on NBA moneylines, and it can lead to some big wins. There can be moneylines as high as 10-1 or more throughout the course of the season, so if you think the Phoenix Suns can go into Milwaukee and get a win over the Bucks, you could make some serious coin.
Betting on NBA quarters is just like betting on the game as a whole, except the options are limited to that single quarter. You can bet on the spread or total for all four quarters of a game, but once the quarter ends the outcome has been decided.
There are multiple opportunities to bet on NBA futures throughout the course of the season. You’ll typically find NBA title odds and NBA conference odds available during the day before the night’s games get underway, and that gives you time to build up a futures portfolio over the course of a season.
NBA Player Props
During the season, you’ll be able to bet on individual performances from certain players. You can bet on the number of points, rebounds, or assists that Kawhi Leonard will have in tonight’s game, or how many three-pointers Steph Curry will hit.
Check out the latest NBA betting odds at the online sportsbook.