Sportsbooks For NBA

Gambling on the NBA is an incredibly popular form of sportsbetting. The NBA has taken the world by storm over the last few years. Not just the United States, but the world. Players, such as the retiring Kobe Bryant, the indelible LeBron James and the unprecedented Stephen Curry, have global brands, which has made the NBA ubiquitous. And because it’s so prevalent around the world, you’re going to want to know how to bet on it. There are, usually, five forms of betting on the NBA—not including prop wagers. [+]

Moneylines are the simplest bets. You’re just picking the winner. You bet on the favorite or the underdog, and that’s it.

Spreads have you decide how many points will separate the the two teams in question.

For instance, if the Thunder are 12 point favorites (-12) over the Rockets (+12), you’re betting either that Oklahoma City will win by more than 12 or that Houston will lose by less than 12.

Overs and unders ask you to determine the total score.

If that Thunder and Rockets matchup has an over/under of 198 points, you must choose whether the two squads will total more than 198 points or less than 198 points between them.

Futures will ask you to bet on an outcome in the distant or semi-distant future.

Division, conference and championship plays are the most common futures. They’re also the most lucrative.

Since people use futures as a way of picking long shots, though, they’re also the most difficult to win. 

The fifth and final type of common bet in NBA circles is the parlay.

Parlays let you roll multiple bets into one, allowing you to increase the return on your wager. Combining moneylines, as opposed to spreads and over/under plays, is the most sound approach here.

Best NBA Sportsbook Odds

Consider this your all access guide to every possible NBA bet imaginable. Surf moneylines, spreads and over/unders, and then figure out which bets you’ll be placing.

This macro view of the NBA’s happenings also lets you plan ahead. You can see games in advance on the schedule, and even if you don’t have odds to work with, you can at least begin preliminary research.

The most important, yet basic, part of research is determining the identity of each opponent.

Is Team A an offensive or defensive specialist? How about Team B? Are either, or both, of the teams exceptional on both sides of the hardwood?

Asking and answering those questions not only shapes your research, but it steers you in the direction of your bet. Will you bet the over/under? The spread? How about moneylines?

Is tonight’s schedule, based on all the teams and matchups, worth rolling the dice on parlays?

 

NBA
NBA
playoff - Matchday 3
Match day
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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 23 April
FT Houston Rockets 119 - 100 Wolves -244 +205 Odds
FT Thunder 96 - 113 Utah Jazz +163 -182 Odds
Tuesday 24 April
FT Milwaukee Bucks 87 - 92 Boston Celtics +170 -196
FT Miami Heat 91 - 104 Philadelphia 76ers +470 -588
FT San Antonio Spurs 91 - 99 Warriors +630 -833
Wednesday 25 April
FT Indiana Pacers 95 - 98 Cleveland Cavaliers +260 -313
FT Washington Wizards 98 - 108 Toronto Raptors +260 -313
FT Utah Jazz 99 - 107 Thunder +135 -154
FT Wolves 104 - 122 Houston Rockets +825 -1250
Thursday 26 April
FT Boston Celtics 86 - 97 Milwaukee Bucks +165 -189
Friday 27 April
Toronto Raptors 19:00 Washington Wizards +108 -128
Cleveland Cavaliers 20:00 Indiana Pacers -102 -118
Thunder 22:30 Utah Jazz +235 -278
Saturday 28 April
Milwaukee Bucks 20:00 Boston Celtics +172 -196
Pelicans 22:30 Warriors +330 -400
Sunday 29 April
Indiana Pacers 12:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah Jazz 12:00 Thunder
Washington Wizards 12:00 Toronto Raptors

What Are The NBA Standings Today

Make looking at the NBA’s standings a part of your betting routine. These standings help you see which teams are better or worse than one another, whicn can help shape your bets. [+]

Don’t use this as a betting gospel; it’s more like a guideline. Look at it see to what else (team identity, schedule, past matchups, etc.) you should be looking at. 

Also, you can use this to keep track of the playoff race. Taking stock of potential first-round dates in advance will give you a jump start on where you’ll be funneling your postseason betting purse.

NBA
NBA
# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 59 23 9156 8518 0.720
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 55 27 8529 8235 0.671
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 52 30 9004 8635 0.634
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 29 53 8566 8858 0.354
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 28 54 8741 9048 0.341
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 50 32 9091 9014 0.610
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 48 34 8656 8543 0.585
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 44 38 8731 8756 0.537
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 39 43 8509 8521 0.476
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 27 55 8440 9017 0.329
EC - Southeast Division
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 44 38 8480 8441 0.537
2 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 43 39 8742 8694 0.524
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8874 8853 0.439
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 25 57 8479 8874 0.305
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 24 58 8475 8922 0.293
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 49 33 8661 8448 0.598
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 48 34 8844 8564 0.585
3 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 48 34 8540 8187 0.585
4 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 47 35 8980 8797 0.573
5 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 46 36 9020 8899 0.561
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 58 24 9304 8814 0.707
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 42 40 8937 8934 0.512
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 35 47 8862 8989 0.427
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 27 55 8104 8677 0.329
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 21 61 8522 9290 0.256
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 65 17 9213 8518 0.793
2 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 48 34 9161 9054 0.585
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 47 35 8424 8187 0.573
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 24 58 8390 8639 0.293
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 22 60 8145 8654 0.268

How To Make Money Betting On NBA

If you’re interested in making NBA futures bets, don’t ignore the league’s landscape right now. Ergo, do not ignore the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs. Both teams are primed to dominate the championship discussion for years to come. They are historically good, and you should bank on one of them snagging the most imminent championship trophy until another challenger proves otherwise.

Taking chances on the overs and unders for win totals throughout the league is fine. Bad teams, mediocre teams, good teams—it almost doesn’t matter. Those future bets, when you’re not betting on the Spurs or Warriors, aren’t as risky as the championship ones. You’ll want to be smart about them, of course, avoiding any teams, such as tankers (Philadelphia 76ers) and wild cards (New York Knicks), that are impossible to get a hold on before the season is underway.

Stop short of dabbling in championship or even conference futures, though. Just as the Spurs and Warriors are set to dominate the West, the Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to meet their maker in the East. It’s too risky to bet against them until a real challenger to their throne emerges.

Resist the urge say you’ve found these hypothetical challengers over the offseason, when free agency and trades can make you overly optimistic about a team’s chances. Additions to a roster, however seemingly awesome, take time to coalesce.

You’re much better off waiting until the middle of the season to make any contrarian conference or championship wagers. It’s then that you’ll have a strong idea of which teams might have what it takes to crack into the Spurs, Warriors and Cavs’ exclusive futures bubble.