How To Bet On NBA

The NBA is only growing in popularity. It’s fast-paced, superstar-driven environment appeals to fans, and offseason happenings, from the draft, to free agency, to the Summer League, to trade rumors, keeps it relevant all year round. The league’s gambling scene has grown along right with its brand, and any sports bettor worth his or her salt knows the importance of keeping up with the NBA’s intricacies in order to maximize their earning potential. [+]

We’re not just talking about single games, after all. Nor are we solely referencing money line, over/under, point spread or parlay bets. The NBA’s futures department is huge, with the Championship and conference-by-conference pictures changing frequently.

Odds can shift on a whim, and they often do. Everything referenced above, both in the offseason and during the regular season, plays a part in shaping the odds outlooks—hence, again, the paramounce of remaining up to date with every possible information-gathering method.

Social media and the internet in general have become a big part of this. Information is available to you instantly. Stats, injuries, rumors, trades, etc. Twitter is especially useful in that you’re able to gain intelligence in real time, which can help you not only make big-picture bets, but aid in live-game game wagers.

That there are so many superstars can complicate things, but that’s part of the fun. This isn’t the game from yesteryear, when a handful of superstars could manipulate the league’s standings. The Association’s top-most hierarchy is still pretty exclusive, but the middle class is clunky, giving the NBA an “Any Given Sunday” feel to it—only instead of every Sunday, it’s every night.

Consider nowadays the Golden Age of basketball betting. You have the aging superstar brigade in LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade playing in conjunction with modern-day superheroes like Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and James Harden, and the sheer number of games keeps bettors both engaged and in the presence of never-ending opportunity.

Best NBA Betting Lines

Below you’ll find the best betting lines available. Be sure to monitor them, since they constantly change—especially as you inch closer to game time and coaches’ rotation decisions become official. [+]

But because they constantly change, they ensure you’re up to date with the latest spreads and moneylines, making it that much easier for you to capitalize on any imminent opportunities that may result from these odds shifts. Remember, the more informed you are, the more likely it is that you dominate the NBA’s betting scene.

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Away Score Home Money Line
Tuesday 17 October
FT Boston Celtics 99 - 102 Cleveland Cavaliers +175 -204 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 122 - 121 Warriors +375 -455 Odds
Wednesday 18 October
FT Charlotte Hornets 90 - 102 Detroit Pistons +123 -143 Odds
FT Brooklyn Nets 131 - 140 Indiana Pacers +130 -149 Odds
FT Miami Heat 109 - 116 Orlando Magic -164 +144 Odds
FT Philadelphia 76ers 115 - 120 Washington Wizards +230 -278 Odds
FT Milwaukee Bucks 108 - 100 Boston Celtics +102 -122 Odds
FT Pelicans 91 - 103 Memphis Grizzlies +113 -133 Odds
FT Atlanta Hawks 117 - 111 Dallas Mavericks +190 -217 Odds
FT Denver Nuggets 96 - 106 Utah Jazz +122 -143 Odds
FT Wolves 99 - 107 San Antonio Spurs -108 -112 Odds
FT Houston Rockets 105 - 100 Sacramento Kings -303 +250 Odds
FT Blazers 124 - 76 Phoenix Suns -141 +120 Odds
Thursday 19 October
FT Chicago Bulls 100 - 117 Toronto Raptors +775 -1111 Odds
FT New York Knicks 84 - 105 Thunder +575 -769 Odds
FT L.A. Clippers 108 - 92 L.A. Lakers -227 +195 Odds
Friday 20 October
Atlanta Hawks 19:00 Charlotte Hornets Odds
Blazers 19:00 Indiana Pacers Odds
Boston Celtics 19:00 Philadelphia 76ers Odds
Detroit Pistons 19:00 Washington Wizards Odds
Cleveland Cavaliers 19:00 Milwaukee Bucks Odds
Orlando Magic 19:30 Brooklyn Nets Odds
Utah Jazz 20:00 Wolves Odds
Sacramento Kings 20:30 Dallas Mavericks Odds
Warriors 21:30 Pelicans Odds
L.A. Lakers 22:00 Phoenix Suns Odds
Saturday 21 October
Philadelphia 76ers 19:30 Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic 20:00 Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers 20:00 Miami Heat
Detroit Pistons 20:00 New York Knicks
San Antonio Spurs 20:00 Chicago Bulls
Dallas Mavericks 20:00 Houston Rockets
Warriors 20:00 Memphis Grizzlies
Blazers 20:30 Milwaukee Bucks
Sacramento Kings 21:00 Denver Nuggets
Thunder 21:00 Utah Jazz
Phoenix Suns 22:30 L.A. Clippers
Sunday 22 October
Atlanta Hawks 15:30 Brooklyn Nets
Wolves 19:00 Thunder
Pelicans 21:30 L.A. Lakers

What Are The NBA Standings

Part and parcel of making NBA wagers is paying attention to the standings. Though they don’t always tell the whole story, they do give you a concrete idea of which teams are better than others. [+]

The point differentials are particularly helpful, as they allow you to pass judgments without exclusively relying on wins and losses, both of which can, at times, be misleading. Perusing this after each and every night will help you make informed betting decisions, whether you’re investing in a single game, a parlay or even midseason championship odds.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 1 1 0 117 100 1.000
2 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 1 0 1 131 140 0
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 1 0 1 115 120 0
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 1 0 1 84 105 0
5 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 2 0 2 199 210 0
EC - Central Division
1 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 1 1 0 140 131 1.000
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 1 1 0 108 100 1.000
3 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 1 1 0 102 90 1.000
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 1 1 0 102 99 1.000
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 1 0 1 100 117 0
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 1 1 0 120 115 1.000
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 1 1 0 117 111 1.000
3 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 1 1 0 116 109 1.000
4 Miami Heat Miami Heat 1 0 1 109 116 0
5 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 1 0 1 90 102 0
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 1 1 0 124 76 1.000
2 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 1 1 0 106 96 1.000
3 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 1 1 0 105 84 1.000
4 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 1 0 1 99 107 0
5 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 1 0 1 96 106 0
WC - Pacific Division
1 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 1 1 0 108 92 1.000
2 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 1 0 1 121 122 0
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 1 0 1 100 105 0
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 1 0 1 92 108 0
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 1 0 1 76 124 0
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 1 1 0 107 99 1.000
2 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 1 1 0 103 91 1.000
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 2 2 0 227 221 1.000
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 1 0 1 111 117 0
5 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 1 0 1 91 103 0

If you’re looking to gain a true advantage in the NBA betting scene, strongly consider familiarizing yourself with advanced stats. They’re so common these days that it’s almost unfair to refer to them as “advanced.” Almost everyone is using them, so you should probably be too. [+]

An example of this: offensive ratings and defensive ratings. They show you how many points a team scores (offense) and allows (defense) per 100 possessions. These figures are much more reliable than per-game numbers, and they really give you a firm grasp on which teams are excelling on one or both ends of the floor. And if you know a strong offense is going up against a flimsy defense, or vice versa, it becomes that much easier to pick spreads, over/unders and even moneylines.

Another benefit of going this route is what we call in-season splits. You can break down a team’s ratings by where they play (home and away) and who the play (team by team). This extra layer of specificity keeps you even more informed, ensuring you make the best possible bet.

The NBA’s official site will have all of these numbers, and the platform is ridiculously easy to navigate. There will be other statistical intel as well, which you can experiment with and decipher at your convenience.

Do not uderestimate the importance of this. Some of the world’s most lucratively successful bettors are stat nerds. The extent of your reliance on numbers can vary, but it’s worthwhile to make them a part of your daily, weekly, monthly or even sporadic wagering routine.