Betting Guide 2: How To Bet On NBA
The NBA is one of the most popular leagues for bettors on the planet. After the launch of the regular season, the meetings take place daily until the playoffs. Offering many types of betting, the basketball league lets many Europeans wake up each evening. However, be aware that the NBA is very special. Like other major sports in the US, this basketball league is closed.
If you want to bet on the NBA, you must be aware of some tips to put the odds on your side. Going to the article below, you will have all the cards in hand to start.
The NBA: how does it work?
The format of the NBA is far from the usual standards of our European championships. First of all, it must be known that this one is considered as a closed league. As a result, there is no relegation-promotion system. Comprising thirty franchises, all these teams are divided into two conferences: East and West. From the last week of October, the season can finally begin.
Each team will have close to 82 games to play. For that, the franchises will have to play half of the matches at home than the other half outside. To get an idea of the schedule, players already know which teams they will face the most in the regular season. Here’s how the team schedule is established:
- 16 games against the teams of the same division
- 36 games against other teams from the same conference
- 30 games against opposing conference teams
Always consider the schedule of franchises. Indeed, it is possible that some teams play in “back-to-back”. To put it simply, it means that a team has two matches in two days. As a result, the favorites can thwart because of fatigue or the sequence of meetings.
At the end of the regular season, each conference will see its eight best franchises take part in the playoffs. From then on, the first of each conference confronts the eighth of its conference. The second assessment faces the seventh of his conference. And so on. To qualify for the next round, each game is played to the best of the seven games. As a result, you need to be able to get four wins to go to the next stage.
Around the month of June, each conference will have its winner. From there, both teams will compete in the NBA Finals. Always the best of the seven games, the winner will be crowned NBA champion.
Here are some tips to make an interesting betting base.
- Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets, scoring machines
When a favorite faces an outsider, it is rarely profitable to bet on a win in Sec. As a result, bettors have to find several alternatives to earn money. One of the most played bets in the NBA is the number of points per game. Often offering an incredible show to its audience, it can be very interesting to bet on points scored by a team. As a result, you need to be aware of the franchises that are used to score these past seasons.
For that, it seems obvious to turn to the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets. For several seasons already, these two franchises are used to score many points during their meetings. Well led by Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson or Kevin Durant, the Warriors know how to shoot impressively long distance. For their part, the Rockets can count on the qualities of James Harden. In the last three seasons, Golden State has averaged more than 110 points per game in the regular season. Houston is not that far with an average of 107 points scored.
San Antonio Spurs, the best defense of the NBA?
If there is a franchise that has been regular for several seasons already, it is that of San Antonio! Despite the retirement of Tim Duncan, the Texan team has managed to renew itself to continue to play the leading roles. For this, the franchise can count on the rigor of Gregg Popovich. Spurs coach since 1996, the American is able to overthrow any team. He has always ideas to try to thwart his opponents.
Since the 2014-2015 season, San Antonio has always been on the podium of the best defenses of the league. In the last three editions, the Spurs are only 96 points average in the regular season games. A very low total taking into account the potential of the enemy attacks. So it can be very interesting to bet on Tony Parker’s teammates when it comes to betting on a team to less than 100 points in a meeting.
Boston Celtics still present in the money-time
Some franchises are struggling to make a difference in the last quarter. Therefore, it can be very interesting to know that the Boston Celtics are among the franchises that score the most in the last twelve minutes. Last season, Brad Stevens’ men were in the lead as they scored nearly 27.2 points in the fourth quarter.
It was not really a surprise for the Celtics fans. Indeed, the previous edition, Boston had already finished in fourth place with an average of 26.3 points. Therefore, it can be very interesting to bet on the victory of this franchise in the last quarter. Once the game is tight, the Celtics have the ability to take the upper hand in the last minutes.
Bet on the markers: James Harden, a sure bet
It is often very interesting to be able to bet on the markers of the meeting. Having beautiful odds, finding the rare pearl can, therefore, become very beneficial in the long run. For this, you need to know which players are most likely to be in great shape. After analyzing the previous editions, one name stands out: James Harden. For almost three seasons, the Rockets players have remained very consistent, always finishing in second place of the best scorers. For this, the American has an average of more than 28 points per game.
To maximize our chances of playing this type of betting, you have to be sure that the match can be close. In case of a deviation from the important score, the coach could decide to blow his star in the final minutes of play. As a result, the bet would have much less chance to pass.
If you wish, there are still other players who could succeed you on this type of bets. Indeed, Giánnis Antetokoúnmpo, Kevin Durant or Lebron James can easily make the powder speak. We can also think of DeMar DeRozan, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins or Stephen Curry. You can then do your own analysis of your best chances of winning.
Be careful about some players like Russel Westbrook. If the Oklahoma player was among the best scorers in the league in recent seasons, the arrivals of Carmelo Anthony and Paul Georges among the Thunder could reduce his statistics. We must not forget to take this aspect into account.