How to Bet on Basketball

This guide discusses on how to bet on basketball and helps you understand, what kind of bets you can make in the sport. Our biggest focus is naturally on the biggest basketball league in the world, the NBA - remember that you can see all the NBA games for free on Unibet TV! Read the guide below and become an expert in basketball and NBA betting.

What’s basketball betting about?

Basketball is in the top 10 most popular and fastest growing sports in the world, both in the number of fans and players. It’s an extremely intensive sport, where over 1000 matches are played in one season in NBA alone. In a basketball game, there are numerous chances to score points – much more than in other ball games. This number of points also lowers the randomness factor of the game when compared to, say, betting on football. It’s also why the better team wins in basketball more often than in football.

How to bet on NBA games

Money line betting is one of the most basic ways of betting on NBA games. In money line betting, you bet on the outcome of a match – that is, which team becomes the winner. An NBA game has four quarters of basketball. If a game ends in a draw after the four quarters, it goes into overtime. Overtime periods are played until one of team comes out as a winner. This is why money line betting is popular, and the (small) possibility of a game ending in a draw after four quarters is often left out.

Handicap betting is another popular form of basketball betting. A handicap can work in two ways: either the underdog team is given hypothetical extra points in the beginning of the game, or the favorite has points taken out of their tally. Let us give you an example:

In a match between Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers we offer you a “Handicap – Including Overtime” bet, where Golden State wins with at least 6 points (-5.5) or Lakers doesn’t lose with more than 5 points (+5.5). If you bet on the Warriors with the handicap, and they win with 7 points, you win - it’s as simple as that. Handicap betting gives the player a chance to get higher odds, or make a risky bet a safer one.

In over/under bets you try to guess the total number of points in a basketball game. This includes the points scored by both teams in the match, including the possible overtime. As the average number of points scored in an NBA game is around 180 and 220, most over/under bets have odds around these points.

There are numerous other pre-game bets that you can make on basketball. On top of these it’s possible to bet on season long bets, such as the NBA Championship, NBA MVP and the NBA Rookie of the Year. We also offer a large variety of NBA live betting that make watching our live streams even more exciting!

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