Our best NBA basketball betting tips
Basketball is an exciting game not only for the players but fans as well. If you are reading this, then you probably already know how to place bets and to read odds. However, you need to consider other aspects of the game. The following is a summary of the market options for betting on NBA basketball.
- Moneyline: This is a straightforward market. This is where you place your bet on a particular team at given odds.
- First half moneyline: This in another straightforward market that determines the particular team that will be in the lead at halftime.
- First quarter moneyline: This is a straightforward market that determines the particular team that will be in the lead after the first quarter.
- Handicap or spread betting: This is where the favourite team is allocated a specific point number but with a minus sign. If, for example, the Chicago Bulls have been allocated -9.5 points, it means that the team has to have a win that surpasses this figure in order for you to collect on your bet.
- First-half point spread: The handicap rules apply but the market finalizes at the end of the first half of the game.
- First quarter point spread: The handicap rules apply but the market finalizes at the end of the first quarter of the game.
- Total points over/under: The total number of points that both teams have scored determines who wins in this market.
- First half total points: The total number of points that both teams have scored at half time determines who wins in this market.
- First quarter total points: The total number of points that both teams have scored at the end of the first quarter determines who wins in this market.
Now that you have an idea on the types of bets, here are a few things you need to look into to actually start winning.
Monitoring player news can help you gather a lot of information as to whether a particular player is playing with an injury or illness. Talk or trade rumours about a particular player’s under-performance can impact their psyche. However, what you will need to consider is the major players that sit out.
Regardless of which team they play on, when players, such as Stephen Curry or Le Bron James or other big names, sit out, then you can be sure their team will be vulnerable. By one major player sitting out, the NBA betting realm will be shifted making upsets more possible.
Anytime a big player is in the doghouse or there are huge rotations within a team, you will need to take notice. It begins with the starting five, involves key rotation players, the 6th man as well as 4-5 players on the bench, new signings or trade-offs, players who are cut, and management of rotations by coaches. Keep your pulse on any minor and major changes in the teams as this could make a difference between losing and winning.
You need to know the workings of each team, the running defence and offense styles, individual matchup shakes, and impact of statistics on match ups. Defensive ratings and pace are key especially when a slow-paced team plays against a non-defending fast-paced team. Also check revenge playing where a player faces a team that traded or cut him or where two big players face each other and neither wants to be embarrassed.
Check the following:
- Back-to-back sets: players can tire easily, even the big players
- Early day games: players are used to playing at night so, for some teams, daytime can be exhausting.
- Holiday games (Christmas Day): players may be juggling family time with the game therefore unable to give their best.
- Long road trips: Players’ energy and confidence can be sapped.
- West Coast games: Short trips from the East to the West can also cause havoc to players because of the time zone difference as well as the almost 6 hours of travelling.