Betting on the NBA is becoming more popular but not all the bettors are
familiar with NBA and find it difficult to make a profit out of it.
Read on to find out how to bet on the NBA playoffs which are in full
swing right now.
In this article, we will explain how to bet on the NBA playoffs and the
broad range of odds available with pretty much every bookmaker. There
are various ways to bet on the NBA; starting from more traditional bets
to props and futures. Check out to see how to make profit and games you
can bet on.
The most common bets on the NBA are the moneyline, totals, and points
spread but considering that the NBA playoffs are playing at the moment,
you can also pick a winner of particular series, winner of conferences,
and also a winner of the NBA championship.
To get things started, you must know that underdog will always be
expressed with a plus sign (+), while favorites are marked with a minus
sign (-). The moneyline is a bet in which you can pick a winner. For
example, Toronto Raptors opened Round 2
series with Philadelphia 76ers with a 108-95 victory and are
favorites at -270 to get another win, while the Sixers are underdogs at
Now, if you want to bet on the Raptors, you would need to wager $270 to
win $100. Betting on underdogs is certainly riskier but in case you opt
for Philadelphia, you would need to wager $100 to win $220. Considering
the risk, it is not very smart to bet $100 on underdogs, so you should
put less money if you’re going with Philadelphia in this one.
Betting on Totals
Plenty of bettors who prefer betting on NBA games
are going with totals, which means you predict whether a game will go
OVER or UNDER in points. For example, the total for the game between
Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers is set at 216. If you go with
the OVER, it means you need total combined points to be more than 216
to win the bet. If you pick the UNDER, you need the total points to be
218 or less to make a profit. We also have pushes, which is the
situation when the game total is the exact number set by the bookmaker,
in this case, 216. So, if Denver and Portland produce exactly 216
points, your stake will be returned.
If you don’t want to pick a
winner using moneyline bet, the point spread gives bettors an option to
bet on the weaker team and still win the bet even if that teams lose.
It also means that you don’t have necessarily to win the bet even if
you backed favorite who ends up with a win. For example, Golden State
Warriors were -6.5 favorites to beat Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the
Western Conference semis but they
won 104-100, which means even if you backed Golden State, you lost
the bet because they didn’t win by seven or more points. On the other
hand, if you backed the Rockets, you won the bet despite Houston’s
defeat because they lost by just four-point difference instead of 7+.
Props and Futures
The NBA playoffs are in full swing and at the moment, you can pick
between the winner of a particular series, winner of conference, or the
winner of the NBA championship. Right now, the Golden State Warriors
are the biggest favorites to win the ring at -188, while Portland Trail
Blazers are massive underdogs at +3300. Betting on the Warriors, who
are expected to win their third straight title, will not bring you big
profit but if you go with the Blazers, you can make a little fortune
considering high odds on Damian Lillard and co. When it comes to props,
the bookmakers are offering a variety of games such as highest scoring
half, alternative game total, alternative points spread, winning
margins, race to 20 points, and so on. However, if you are new in
betting on the NBA, it is probably best to stick to moneyline, point
spread, and totals.