Basketball Fantasy Betting

Making the transition from traditional betting formats to fantasy basketball wagering doesn’t have to be a daunting task. When old-school bettors hear the words “fantasy sports” used in the same sentence, they seem to turn their focus on what moneyline or point spread wager they can make next. However several online fantasy sports wagering sites — including leaders DraftKings and FanDuel — are turning even the conventional bettors into believers. [+]

Regardless if you’re looking for a one-day league to score on a few short-term payouts, or a more complex league that may require longer-term commitment, DraftKings and FanDuel have you covered.

Much like any online sportsbook, the signup process for the DraftKings and Fanduel is seamless. All that is required is a valid email address and a secure password to protect your account.

From there, you’re ready to join millions of people compete for fantasy sports supremacy.

Fantasy Basketball Tips

Once you’re signed into your account, the real work begins.

First and foremost, it’s crucial to prepare for your upcoming draft. Unlike other fantasy sports, it may require a little extra work when competing in a basketball league. Do you bite the bullet and take a pure shooter like Stephen Curry in the opening round or do you play it safe by selecting LeBron James, who not only scores, but adds other key stat categories such as rebounds and assists. 

Your decision will depend on the scoring format of your league. A rotisserie league — the most common way to play fantasy basketball — ranks teams from first to last in each statistical category, making your top draft picks integral.

Russell Westbrook of the OKC Thunder is the No. 1 ranked player in many online fantasy basketball leagues — an for good reason. Westbrook consistently finds himself at the top of many categories each season, including points per game and assists, making the all-star guard a valuable fantasy basketball commodity. 

Field goal percentage is another crucial stat category to keep a close watch on. Golden State Warriors all-star forward Kevin Durant is a player worth taking in the early stages as he consistently finds himself among the league leaders in field goal percentage. 

Fantasy Basketball Tools

Doing your pre-draft homework is only the beginning of what will help make your fantasy basketball team a successful one.

Once you’ve put together the exact lineup you want, it’s time to manage your club on a weekly basis in order to keep your team as competitive as possible right from opening tipoff. Not every player you draft will live up to your expectations, so eventually, you’ll have some tough decisions to make.

When you’re ready to make a drop, tailor your searches that will help you find the most recent productive players. You can also narrow searches down to specific stats you need help in to strengthen your chances of coming out on top.

The more research you do throughout the season, the greater your chances are on winning your respective fantasy league. Follow and keep track of transaction trends — a tool that keeps you informed in the most added and dropped players throughout the year.

The injury bug or player suspension is something you’re more than likely to face during a season. There’s no need to panic, especially considering many online fantasy websites allot a specific amount of injured reserve spots on your roster. Take advantage of those extra spots by placing your injured player on IR and picking up another player on the waiver wire.

Are you ready to embark on a fantasy sports betting journey? Follow these steps and the transition from traditional wagering to fantasy sports betting should be a seamless process.

NBA
NBA
# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402