Any sportsbettor worth his or her salt is familiar with betting on basketball. It’s one of the hottest sports right now, not just in the United States, but around the world. It’s fast, and action packed, and there are a ton of marketable stars that increase the game’s curb appeal—from LeBron James and Stephen Curry in the NBA, to Association castoffs playing professionally overseas, to any of the latest college studs at some of the NBA’s biggest programs. And when something is that popular, you need to get in on it. [+]

The most popular forms of betting on basketball include spread, moneyline, over/under and future plays. They are are all pretty easy to understand.

Spreads entail you betting on whether a team is going to win or lose by a certain amount.

For example, if the Golden State Warriors are favored by 10 points (-10) over the Cleveland Cavaliers (+10), you either bet that the Warriors will win by more than 10 or the Cavaliers will lose by less than 10.

Moneylines are extremely straightforward. You’re just picking which team you think will win. That’s it. 

Overs and unders have you wager on the total score between the two teams facing off against one another.

If the over/under for that hypothetical Cavaliers and Warriors tilt is 208, you’re betting that the two teams will combine to total more or less than 208 points between them.

Futures wagers typically consist of you betting on which team you think will win a division, a conference, a championship, etc. long before it happens.

These bets can be quite lucrative, but they’re incredibly difficult to predict. There are years when clear favorites exist, making it slightly easier. But when there is no clear alpha dog, tread carefully.

 

Best Basketball Sportsbook Odds

Welcome to your one-stop shop for all potential basketball betting needs. This will help you keep up to date with every possible basketball matchup and wager that you can make.

Always double check the moneylines, spreads, overs and unders if you’re not making your bet right away.

The information can move on a moment’s notice as other bets are taken or as more information about every particular matchup—such as injuries, rest days, suspensions, public game plans, etc.—become available.

Looking ahead in the schedule will help you plan bets in advance. Though you won’t know the lines too early, it can help to get a feel for games on which you went to bet, so that you can begin the necessary due diligence.

Preemptively measuring how two teams stack up against one another, be it college or the pros, will make placing your gambles on game day so much easier.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 06 March
FT Milwaukee Bucks 112 - 98 Philadelphia 76ers -208 +195 Odds
FT New York Knicks 113 - 105 Orlando Magic +144 -149 Odds
FT Miami Heat 106 - 98 Cleveland Cavaliers +450 -526 Odds
FT Chicago Bulls 95 - 109 Detroit Pistons +211 -227 Odds
FT Warriors 119 - 111 Atlanta Hawks -213 +200 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 88 - 100 Charlotte Hornets +165 -175 Odds
Ppd Blazers 20:00 Wolves +165 -179 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 122 - 109 Memphis Grizzlies +614 -714 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 110 - 112 San Antonio Spurs +150 -161 Odds
FT Pelicans 83 - 88 Utah Jazz +185 -196 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 96 - 108 Denver Nuggets +495 -588 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 102 - 116 L.A. Clippers +290 -303 Odds
Tuesday 07 March
FT Blazers 126 - 121 Thunder +260 -270 Odds
FT L.A. Lakers 111 - 122 Dallas Mavericks +380 -435 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 131 - 127 Phoenix Suns -213 +195 Odds
Wednesday 08 March
FT Chicago Bulls 91 - 98 Orlando Magic -105 -104 Odds
FT Charlotte Hornets 101 - 108 Miami Heat +155 -172 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 105 - 110 Atlanta Hawks +450 -526 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 115 - 108 Houston Rockets +340 -385 Odds
FT Toronto Raptors 94 - 87 Pelicans +150 -149 Odds
FT New York Knicks 93 - 104 Milwaukee Bucks +240 -256 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 91 - 107 Wolves -154 +150 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 98 - 115 Indiana Pacers +155 -164 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 104 - 114 San Antonio Spurs +615 -769 Odds
FT Washington Wizards 123 - 113 Denver Nuggets -120 +110 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 99 - 86 Warriors +305 -333 Odds
Thursday 09 March
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 101 - 106 Detroit Pistons Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 92 - 102 Thunder -137 +127 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 114 - 98 Memphis Grizzlies +122 -132 Odds
AOT Philadelphia 76ers 108 - 114 Blazers +415 -476 Odds
FT L.A. Lakers 122 - 110 Phoenix Suns +235 -250 Odds
Friday 10 March
FT Orlando Magic 81 - 121 Charlotte Hornets +420 -455 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 115 - 94 Chicago Bulls -250 +210 Odds
FT Toronto Raptors 99 - 105 Atlanta Hawks +140 -149 Odds
FT Warriors 102 - 103 Wolves -213 +190 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 85 - 99 Milwaukee Bucks +110 -118 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 96 - 105 Dallas Mavericks +468 -556 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 99 - 119 Denver Nuggets -130 +120 Odds
AOT Washington Wizards 130 - 122 Sacramento Kings -357 +328 Odds
Saturday 11 March
FT Utah Jazz 104 - 112 Thunder +175 -185 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 100 - 112 L.A. Clippers +1150 -1429 Odds
FT New York Knicks 92 - 112 Detroit Pistons +225 -244 Odds
AOT Pelicans 125 - 122 Charlotte Hornets +145 -154 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 116 - 104 Orlando Magic -400 +355 Odds
FT Toronto Raptors 89 - 104 Miami Heat +210 -227 Odds
FT Wolves 95 - 102 Milwaukee Bucks +130 -141 Odds
FT Warriors 85 - 107 San Antonio Spurs +515 -556 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 100 - 98 Dallas Mavericks +195 -213 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 107 - 90 Memphis Grizzlies +235 -256 Odds
AOT Washington Wizards 125 - 124 Blazers +166 -175 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 105 - 92 Sacramento Kings -200 +185 Odds
Sunday 12 March
FT Chicago Bulls 80 - 100 Boston Celtics +290 -313 Odds
FT New York Knicks 112 - 120 Brooklyn Nets +103 -112 Odds
FT Miami Heat 98 - 102 Indiana Pacers +220 -233 Odds
FT Blazers 110 - 101 Phoenix Suns -125 +115 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 112 - 117 Houston Rockets +255 -278 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 118 - 116 L.A. Lakers +170 -189 Odds

How To Make Money Betting On Basketball

Successful betting in the basketball sphere comes down to effort. If you’re properly informed, and willing to do what it takes to get the requisite information, you’ll have no problem making money and enjoying yourself. This research can be intimidating at first, but it’s really not that bad.

First, unless you’re a full-time gambler, do not split your focus too much. Digging up intel for so many games can be overwhelming and detrimental to your goal. You have a life, a family, a job and all that good stuff. Taking on too much will either result in you going crazy or doing cursory research that generates poor bets and excessive losses.

When betting moneylines, it’s smart not wage single game plays on big time favorites. You have to bet too much money to make a little bit of money; the risk, quite simply, isn’t worth the reward. Parlaying moneylines, especially if you’re betting on favorites, is a good way to increase your return while lowering the amount you bet. They’re more dififcult to pull off, but the extra difficulty is worth it in the long run. If you’re gambling on underdogs, single games are, in that case, the preference—unless you’re so confident in multiple underdogs that you have no problem turning in a parlay.

Spreads, meanwhile, are all about the matchup. See how the players on each team stack up against one another. If there’s a good offensive and defensive team playing a squad that’s bad on both ends of the floor, you will know a blowout is likely. If you have two factions that are good on both sides of the court, you will know you are in for a tightly contested affair. And so on and so forth.

Overs and unders are also about matchups. Two defensive specialists won’t make for a high scoring competition, so that’s cause to go for the under. A pair of offensive juggernauts implies an enormous point total, making the over an intriguing play.

Finally, across all forms of betting, the earlier you place your bets, the more favorable your odds will be. This isn’t motivation to rush your research; it’s just a fact. Place your bets as reasonably early as possible, because the odds are only going to move in the more popular direction as the days, weeks and months go on—especially when it comes to things like championship futures.