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
FT Atlanta Hawks 91 - 109 Charlotte Hornets +160 -179 Odds
FT Blazers 114 - 96 Indiana Pacers -213 +185 Odds
FT Boston Celtics 102 - 92 Philadelphia 76ers +130 -149 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 111 - 115 Washington Wizards +230 -278 Odds
FT Cleveland Cavaliers 116 - 97 Milwaukee Bucks -108 -112 Odds
FT Orlando Magic 121 - 126 Brooklyn Nets +110 -130 Odds
FT Utah Jazz 97 - 100 Wolves +162 -182 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 93 - 88 Dallas Mavericks +205 -244 Odds
FT Warriors 128 - 120 Pelicans -455 +375 Odds
FT L.A. Lakers 132 - 130 Phoenix Suns +150 -169 Odds
Saturday 21 October
FT Philadelphia 76ers 94 - 128 Toronto Raptors +320 -385 Odds
FT Orlando Magic 114 - 93 Cleveland Cavaliers +600 -833 Odds
FT Indiana Pacers 108 - 112 Miami Heat +355 -417 Odds
FT Detroit Pistons 111 - 107 New York Knicks -119 -101 Odds
FT San Antonio Spurs 87 - 77 Chicago Bulls -526 +445
FT Dallas Mavericks 91 - 107 Houston Rockets +575 -769 Odds
FT Warriors 101 - 111 Memphis Grizzlies -370 +315 Odds
FT Blazers 110 - 113 Milwaukee Bucks +135 -154 Odds
FT Sacramento Kings 79 - 96 Denver Nuggets +600 -833 Odds
FT Thunder 87 - 96 Utah Jazz -179 +160 Odds
FT Phoenix Suns 88 - 130 L.A. Clippers +800 -1111 Odds
Sunday 22 October
Atlanta Hawks 15:30 Brooklyn Nets +120 -141 Odds
Wolves 19:00 Thunder Odds
Pelicans 21:30 L.A. Lakers -161 +140 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 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 2 2 0 245 194 1.000
2 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 2 1 1 257 261 0.500
3 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 3 1 2 301 302 0.333
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 2 0 2 191 216 0
5 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 3 0 3 301 350 0
EC - Central Division
1 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 3 2 1 318 326 0.667
2 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 3 2 1 311 310 0.667
3 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 3 2 1 324 312 0.667
4 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 3 1 2 344 357 0.333
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 2 0 2 177 204 0
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 2 2 0 235 226 1.000
2 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 3 2 1 351 328 0.667
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 2 1 1 199 193 0.500
4 Miami Heat Miami Heat 2 1 1 221 224 0.500
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 2 1 1 208 220 0.500
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 3 2 1 348 285 0.667
2 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 3 2 1 299 283 0.667
3 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 2 1 1 199 204 0.500
4 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 2 1 1 192 180 0.500
5 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 2 1 1 192 185 0.500
WC - Pacific Division
1 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 2 2 0 238 180 1.000
2 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 2 1 1 224 238 0.500
3 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 3 1 2 350 353 0.333
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 3 1 2 272 289 0.333
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 3 0 3 294 386 0
WC - Southwest Division
1 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 2 2 0 214 192 1.000
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 2 2 0 194 176 1.000
3 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 3 3 0 334 312 1.000
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 2 0 2 211 231 0
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 3 0 3 290 317 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.