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 07 January
FT San Antonio Spurs 119 - 107 Detroit Pistons -141 +130
FT Brooklyn Nets 95 - 116 Boston Celtics +475 -588
FT Memphis Grizzlies 95 - 114 Pelicans +165 -189
FT Utah Jazz 102 - 114 Milwaukee Bucks +182 -208
FT Denver Nuggets 113 - 125 Houston Rockets +100 -116
FT L.A. Lakers 107 - 97 Dallas Mavericks +255 -303
FT Orlando Magic 95 - 111 Sacramento Kings +165 -185
FT New York Knicks 101 - 111 Blazers +675 -833
Tuesday 08 January
FT Washington Wizards 115 - 132 Philadelphia 76ers +290 -345
FT Indiana Pacers 123 - 115 Cleveland Cavaliers -500 +430
FT Denver Nuggets 103 - 99 Miami Heat +113 -132
FT Atlanta Hawks 101 - 104 Toronto Raptors +800 -1111
FT Wolves 119 - 117 Thunder +310 -345
FT Sacramento Kings 111 - 115 Phoenix Suns -159 +140
FT Charlotte Hornets 109 - 128 L.A. Clippers +220 -250
FT New York Knicks 95 - 122 Warriors +1550 -2500
Wednesday 09 January
FT Philadelphia 76ers 106 - 123 Washington Wizards -154 +145
FT Indiana Pacers 108 - 135 Boston Celtics +270 -303
FT Atlanta Hawks 100 - 116 Brooklyn Nets +330 -370
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 124 - 140 Pelicans +1025 -1429
FT San Antonio Spurs 86 - 96 Memphis Grizzlies -141 +120
FT Milwaukee Bucks 116 - 109 Houston Rockets -125 +110
FT Phoenix Suns 94 - 104 Dallas Mavericks +535 -667
FT Orlando Magic 93 - 106 Utah Jazz +380 -455
FT Chicago Bulls 112 - 124 Blazers +430 -476
FT Detroit Pistons 100 - 113 L.A. Lakers +101 -116
Thursday 10 January
FT Boston Celtics 99 - 115 Miami Heat -135 +120
FT L.A. Clippers 100 - 121 Denver Nuggets +195 -217
AOT Thunder 147 - 154 San Antonio Spurs -120 +105
FT Detroit Pistons 102 - 112 Sacramento Kings +275 -333
Friday 11 January
FT Milwaukee Bucks 106 - 113 Washington Wizards -130 +110
FT Atlanta Hawks 123 - 121 Philadelphia 76ers +470 -526
FT Indiana Pacers 121 - 106 New York Knicks -357 +310
FT Brooklyn Nets 105 - 122 Toronto Raptors +440 -526
FT Dallas Mavericks 119 - 115 Wolves +165 -182
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 113 - 141 Houston Rockets +925 -1250
FT Charlotte Hornets 96 - 127 Blazers +230 -250
FT L.A. Lakers 95 - 113 Utah Jazz +320 -357
FT Chicago Bulls 109 - 146 Warriors +1100 -1667
Saturday 12 January
Detroit Pistons 15:30 L.A. Clippers +235 -270
Memphis Grizzlies 17:00 Miami Heat +155 -167
Boston Celtics 19:00 Orlando Magic -278 +250
San Antonio Spurs 20:00 Thunder +210 -233
Pelicans 20:00 Wolves -116 -102
Denver Nuggets 21:00 Phoenix Suns -435 +375
Chicago Bulls 22:00 Utah Jazz +560 -714
Charlotte Hornets 22:00 Sacramento Kings +187 -217
Sunday 13 January
Philadelphia 76ers 13:00 New York Knicks
Toronto Raptors 13:00 Washington Wizards
Milwaukee Bucks 15:30 Atlanta Hawks
Houston Rockets 18:00 Orlando Magic
Warriors 19:00 Dallas Mavericks
Blazers 20:00 Denver Nuggets
Cleveland Cavaliers 21:30 L.A. Lakers

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.