Basketball has become increasingly popular in Canada in recent years and there’s been a growing interest in NBA betting too, particularly with the Toronto Raptors currently being a team capable of competing with the very best in the game.
There’s a variety of NBA betting options available, including the ‘Money Line’ (simply backing which team you believe will win the game). However, the most popular NBA odds to back are generally the Handicap or, as it’s more widely known, the ‘Point Spread’.
Other basketball betting markets of interest for individual games include ‘Total Points’, ‘Odd or Even Total Points’, ‘Money Line Results’ for each of the individual quarters and the ‘Winning Margin’.
NBA Betting Odds
The appeal of the ‘Point Spread’ in basketball betting comes as a result of it being a high-scoring sport, in which one team can often start the game as a short-priced favorite. The Point Spread takes into account the relative strengths of the two teams from a betting perspective, so that with one team claiming a Handicap points start (the Points Spread), the game becomes far more even in terms of the NBA odds offered on the market.
As an example, were Golden State Warriors to play the Brooklyn Nets, the Warriors price on the Money Line would be prohibitive (in the region of -5000). However, if the Nets are given a Point Spread of +22.5 points, the game becomes a more level playing field with regards to the NBA odds, with Warriors (-22.5) and Nets (+22.5) both being available at about -110.
To determine whether you have a winning bet or not, you would simply have to subtract 22.5 from their final score had you backed the favorite (in this specific example, the Warriors).
If the final score in the game were to be Golden State Warriors 120 Brooklyn Nets 100, then the adjusted score taking the Points Spread into account would be Warriors 97.5 Nets 100, or Warriors 120 Nets 122.5 should you prefer to calculate it that way.
Either way, the end result would be that, for the purposes of the Point Spread, Brooklyn Nets +22.5 would be a winning bet.
NBA Betting Offers
Every individual game throughout the season, across both Conferences and all six Divisions, will be available for NBA betting and there will be a variety of betting options on offer for each and every one of them.
In addition, the structure of the NBA championship also ensures that there’s a great selection of long-term betting markets available to wager on too.
This is a short list of some of the most popular wagers to have:
- NBA Championship – Outright betting to win the NBA Championship
- Regular Season MVP (“Most Valuable Player”)
- Winning Conference – Will the Eastern or Western Conference produce the NBA champions?
- Eastern Conference Winner
- Western Conference Winner
- Division Winners – Winners of each of the Atlantic, Central, Southeast, Northwest, Pacific and Southwest Divisions
NBA Betting Tips
Throughout the entire NBA season, Onlinesportbetting.ca will look to provide regular NBA betting tips and predictions, as well as seeking out the very best NBA Free Bets and NBA odds.
Golden State Warriors are strong favorites to win the NBA championship this season, but they will be particularly wary of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team who stunned them in last year’s NBA Finals.
The San Antonio Spurs are the other serious contenders, while the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers and, of course, Toronto Raptors, will all believe they each have a chance of being crowned champions.