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How to bet on the NBA

How to bet on the NBA

THE NBA is without doubt one of the most enjoyable sports to have a bet on, with 30 teams across two conferences playing 82 games each between the end of October and the middle of April, each season.

That’s an incredible 2460 games crammed into just over five months, meaning there can be more than 10 games in a day. And that’s not to mention the NBA Playoffs and the season’s pinnacle, the NBA Finals.

And, with so many games, there are so many markets to whet the punters’ whistle. Here is a guide to betting options and tips for laying your hard earned on the NBA — the best basketball league in the world.

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NBA franchises

NBA team: Established: Home venue: Division/conference: NBA Championships:
Atlanta Hawks 1946 State Farm Arena, Atlanta Southeast/Eastern 1 (1958)
Boston Celtics 1946 TD Garden, Boston Atlantic/Eastern 17 (1957, 1959-66, 1968-69, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008)
Brooklyn Nets 1967 Barclays Center, New Jersey Atlantic/Eastern 0
Charlotte Hornets 1988 Spectrum Center, Charlotte Southeast/Eastern 0
Chicago Bulls 1966 United Center, Chicago Central/Eastern 6 (1991-93, 1996-98)
Cleveland Cavaliers 1970 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland Central/Eastern 1 (2016)
Dallas Mavericks 1980 American Airlines Center Southwest/Western 1 (2011)
Denver Nuggets 1967 Pepsi Center Northwest/Western 0
Detroit Pistons 1941 Little Caesars Arena, Detroit Central/Eastern 3 (1989-90, 2004)
Golden State Warriors 1946 Oracle Arena Pacific/Western 6 (1947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017-18)
Houston Rockets 1967 Toyota Center Southwest/Western 2 (1994-95)
Indiana Pacers 1965 Bankers Life Fieldhouse Central/Eastern 0
Los Angeles Clippers 1970 Staples Center Pacific/Western 0
Los Angeles Lakers 1947 Staples Center Pacific/Western 16 (1949-50, 1952-54, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88, 2000-02, 2009-10)
Memphis Grizzlies 1995 FedEx Forum Southwest/Western 0
Miami Heat 1988 American Airlines Arena Southeast/Eastern 3 (2006, 2012-2013)
Milwaukee Bucks 1968 Fiserv Forum Central/Eastern 1 (1971)
Minnesota Timberwolves 1989 Target Center Northwest/Western 0
New Orleans Pelicans 2002 Smoothie King Center Southwest/Western 0
New York Knicks 1946 Madison Square Garden Atlantic/Eastern 2 (1970, 1973)
Oklahoma City Thunder 1967 Chesapeake Energy Stadium Southwestern/Western 1 (1979)
Orlando Magic 1989 Amway Center Southeast/Eastern 0
Philadelphia 76ers 1946 Wells Fargo Center Atlantic/Eastern 3 (1955, 1967, 1983)
Phoenix Suns 1968 Talking Stick Resort Arena Pacific/Western 0
Portland Trailblazers 1970 Moda Center Northwest/Western 1 (1977)
Sacramento Kings 1923 Golden 1 Center Pacific/Western 1 (1951)
San Antonio Spurs 1967 AT&T Center Southwest/Western 5 (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)
Toronto Raptors 1995 Scotia Bank Arena Atlantic/Eastern 0
Utah Jazz 1974 Vivint Smart Home Arena Northwest/Western 0
Washington Wizards 1961 Capital One Arena Southeast/Eastern 1 (1978)




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Recent NBA champions & MVPs

Season NBA Champion Runner Up NBA MVP NBA Finals MVP NBA Rookie of the Year
2017/18 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers James Harden (Hou) Kevin Durant (GS) Ben Simmons (Phi)
2016/17 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers Russell Westbrook (OKC) Kevin Durant (GS) Malcolm Brogdon (Mil)
2015/16 Cleveland Cavaliers Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry (GS) Lebron James (Cle) Karl Anthony Towns (Min)
2014/15 Golden State Warriors Cleveland Cavaliers Stephen Curry (GS) Andre Iguodala (GS) Andrew Wiggins (Min)
2013/14 San Antonio Spurs Miami Heat Kevin Durant (OKC) Kawhi Leonard (SA) Michael Carter-Williams (Phi)
2012/13 Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs Lebron James (Mia) Lebron James (Mia) Damian Lillard (Por)
2011/12 Miami Heat OKC Thunder Lebron James (Mia) Lebron James (Mia) Kyrie Irving (Cle)
2010/11 Dallas Mavericks Miami Heat Derrick Rose (Chi) Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) Blake Griffen (LAC)
2009/10 LA Lakers Boston Celtics Lebron James (Cle) Kobe Bryant (LAL) Tyreke Evans (Sac)


Detailed guides on the different NBA betting markets

Click on the drop boxes below to learn more about all of the different NBA markets.

Why is the NBA such an incredible league for punters to sink their teeth into? Read on for more details:

What futures markets are available on the NBA?

Futures are usually released before the start of the season and include odds on markets including:

NBA Playoffs

Sixteen teams go into the playoffs, eight from the East, eight from the West. They play series that can go to seven games, with the first team to win four games advancing to the next round until there is only one team left standing, with the Larry O’Brien Trophy in their hands.

Bookmakers will offer markets on the series winner and also by how many games, as well as how many games the series will last.

NBA Finals

Similar to the playoffs, but this is do or die stuff. The best team from the East takes on the best team from the West in a seven game series that decides who wins the NBA Title – or who is ‘World Champion’ for our US readers. The markets are similar to the playoffs.

NBA Finals

Tips to remember when betting on the NBA

Get in early and beat the bookies

The bookies have to rely on fluid information to set their odds. Obviously there is the hard copy stuff, like what the two teams’ records are, how they’ve fared against each other in the past, what their form has been like in the last five games, etc. But often the bookies can miss things (rested players, injury concerns, and so on), so you can make a buck if you pay attention and get in early.

Have multiple betting accounts

You want the best odds right? Shop around. You’d hate it if your favourite team, who you think is just going to scrape it in against their opposition, had a points line of -6.5 with your bookmaker and -4.5 with another and they won by five points. That’s drama. Having multiple betting counts is the easiest way to avoid this type of debacle.

Morning and afternoon multis

You can stretch your dollar further by having a go in the morning and then either reinvesting, or chasing in the afternoon. The Eastern Conference NBA games usually start around 11am AEDT, and there will usually be three or four on a big day. So you can have a four leg multi there. By the time the later Western Conference games start, usually around 2 or 2.30pm AEDT, those four games are done and dusted. So you can either reinvest the money you just won, or chase back what you lost.

Bet within your means

If you’ve read through our how to guide to punting on the NBA, this bit is the most obvious. Have a punt, enjoy it, but set limits and don’t let it get out of control. There’s always another day to have a bet.

Timeline of betting on the NBA

December 11, 2018: The NBA announces it has struck a partnership with gambling company The Stars Group which will see the competition receive exposure across their various platforms, in return the well-known operator will receive betting data and work hand-in-hand with the NBA on improving customer experience and stamping out the potential of corruption.

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