Basketball betting is one of the most popular parts of any sportsbook in the the USA.
More Americans play basketball than any other team sport in the US, it’s no surprise that the sport is the second most favourite sport. Out of the game has risen stars that have become notoriously famous around the world, with the likes of LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and so many more.
The sport consists of 30 teams which play an 82 game season. The top-flight professional league is called the NBA, which is considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world.
If you’re new to the sports, each team can have a maximum of 5 players on the court at any one time. The ball can only be moved by either dribbling, which is described as bouncing the ball, or passing the ball to a teammate. Aim of the team is to score or net the ball in the opponent’s side.
The scoring system:
Three-pointers: Shot from outside the three-point arc, earning you 3 points.
Baskets: Which gives you 2 points are scored within the three-point arc.
Free Throws: a penalty awarded that will result in 1 point being scored per free throw.
Type of bets in basketball betting
Point Spread Betting
Basketball point spread betting is one of the most popular types of bet in the sport. It references to the spread of points when two teams compete, it’s calculated by the bookmakers who’s favourite to win and who’s the underdog.
For example, the Chicago Bulls (+5) are playing the Boston Celtics (-5).
If you bet on Chicago, then they have to win by 5 points or more for you to win. While for the underdogs, If you were to bet on the Boston Celtics, then they can lose by no more than 5 points – or win.
Total betting is also considered as over or under betting. You are betting on the total points within the game against the bookmaker’s prediction. It’s a wager based on whether or not the two teams on the court exceed or fail to meet a certain combined score.
As an example, Toronto Raptors are playing Miami Heat with a point total set at 160.5 points. If you think that the combined score at the end of the game will be more than 160.5 points, you would bet on the over. On the flip side, if you think the Raptors and Miami Heat won’t meet that score you would bet on the under.
A money line bet is a wager on which team will win the game. It’s as simple as that. The wager is a great way to get into sports betting and lets you simply choose the winner of the game.
The odds are made by the bookmaker and will have a favourite and underdog with the odds being smaller or bigger on the team to win.
NBA Parlays are also known as multi bets, are two or more bets combined into a single odds stake. If one or more leg of a Parlay fails, the bet automatically loses. This type of bet is riskier than other types but the rewards can be much bigger if you do win.