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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FT Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - 129 Warriors +330 -400 Odds

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 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

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.