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.

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.

NBA
NBA
# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 38 28 10 3931 3737 0.737
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 33 23 10 3651 3397 0.697
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 34 17 17 3518 3510 0.500
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 33 15 18 3559 3592 0.455
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 34 12 22 3652 3764 0.353
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 35 24 11 3861 3758 0.686
2 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 33 19 14 3393 3354 0.576
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 35 19 16 3761 3734 0.543
4 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 32 17 15 3365 3386 0.531
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 34 12 22 3389 3598 0.353
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 35 19 16 3697 3635 0.543
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 34 18 16 3410 3455 0.529
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 34 12 22 3543 3616 0.353
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 35 11 24 3671 3877 0.314
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 34 9 25 3538 3687 0.265
WC - Northwest Division
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 35 22 13 3813 3738 0.629
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 35 20 15 3623 3506 0.571
3 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 35 19 16 3756 3702 0.543
4 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 33 17 16 3355 3310 0.515
5 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 36 15 21 3641 3657 0.417
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 35 28 7 4020 3658 0.800
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 33 14 19 3466 3497 0.424
3 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 36 13 23 3801 4046 0.361
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 34 12 22 3294 3580 0.353
5 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 33 11 22 3508 3622 0.333
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 32 25 7 3684 3378 0.781
2 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 35 24 11 3545 3429 0.686
3 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 34 18 16 3779 3771 0.529
4 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 35 11 24 3411 3541 0.314
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 36 11 25 3595 3695 0.306

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.