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Basketball Betting Guide

Basketball Betting Guide

If you are new to betting on basketball or if you are looking to expand your knowledge. We have built a basketball betting guide to help your wagering. We cover the basics from how to read a betting line, money line bets, and we have some more advanced topics like betting on a teaser or prop betting advice. If you can’t make it to Las Vegas to wager, we have a guide to betting on basketball from anywhere. Good luck and lets start with the most basic NBA betting of all….

Reading a Basketball (NBA) Line

Sportsbooks will list basketball odds in a fairly similar manner. However there will be minor variations in how teams are posted. Many books will give you the odds on a game with one team on top of another, while others may list one team on the left and the other on the right. Whatever the case may be the first team listed is always the visitor and the second is the home club.

Basketball betting line example:

101 Boston Celtics  +4
102 Miami Heat       -4       201.5

The first thing you’ll see will is the rotation number. The numbers run sequentially. If the Boston Celtics are playing the Miami Heat in Miami, and the Celtics, who are listed first as the visitor, are number 101, then the Heat will be 102. The next thing you will see are the team names. This is followed by the points spread. In this one the home Miami Heat are four point favorites over the away Boston Celtics. The next thing you see listed is the over/under or total for that game. To prevent a push, this number will usually be expressed as a decimal and not as a whole number. The over/under is a projection of the total number of points that will be scored in the game by both teams. The sports bettor is wagering on the point total for that game as either being over or under the number on the odds listing.