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How to Bet on the NBA for 2018/19

Overview outlining NBA Betting Options

The return of NBA basketball provides a wide variety of wagering options to both veteran bettors and fans placing a wager on the sport for the first time. From picking the outright winner of a game, to betting on what player will claim MVP honors, and which team will emerge as champions, wagering is available on all aspects of the top game on hardwood.

Here is a brief overview outlining the betting options available, and how you can get the most out of your NBA betting experience this season.


NBA Game Lines

Game line wagering is the most popular way of how to bet on the NBA. Game line betting options include moneyline betting, point spreads, and totals betting.

With a moneyline bet, you simply bet on which team you think will win a specific game, with the payout determined by moneyline odds.

Philadelphia 76ers +160
Boston Celtics -200

In the example above, the Boston Celtics are listed as -200 moneyline favorites in their date with Philadelphia. This means that you must wager $200 on the Celtics to win $100. Conversely, the 76ers are listed as +160 underdogs, which means a successful $100 bet on Philadelphia will win you $160.

With point spread betting, you can wager on the margin of victory or defeat of your preferred team in an NBA game.

Philadelphia 76ers +4.5
Boston Celtics -4.5

A point spread is illustrated in the example above. Boston is listed as a 4.5-point favorite, as indicated by the negative numbers. This means that if you bet on Boston against the spread, the Celtics must win by more than 4.5 points for you to cash in your wager.

The Sixers are listed as 4.5-point underdogs, as indicated by the positive numbers. This means a bet on Philadelphia is a winner if the Sixers either win outright or lose by fewer than 4.5 points.

With totals betting, you can wager on the number of points scored by both teams combined in a game, with the option to either bet on the OVER or the UNDER on the posted total.


NBA Props

While game line betting allows you to wager on the outcome of a game, with props betting you can wager on the performances of individual players and teams, either in a single game or over the course of a season.

Popular examples of props wagers include betting on what player will win NBA MVP honors or lead the league in scoring, while popular team props including betting on the number of games a team will win during the regular season, or whether or not that team will make the playoffs.


NBA Parlays

Parlay betting adds an intriguing layer of complexity to your NBA betting experience. Simply put, a parlay bet allows you to combine two or more bets into a single wager with exponentially bigger odds.

For example, you could parlay a point spread bet on Boston to beat the Sixers with a moneyline bet on the Toronto Raptors to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, with parlays, every wager included in your bet must be a winner for you to cash in.


NBA Futures

Futures betting enables you to try your luck at wagering on how your favorite team will finish the season. Examples of NBA futures bets include wagering on which team will win the NBA championship, the winners of the Eastern and Western conferences, as well as the top team in each of the six divisions.

Futures odds typically come available at the beginning of the offseason, and are dynamically updated throughout the NBA campaign to reflect the performance and expectations of each team.


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