The NBA is the world’s premiere professional basketball league based in North America. It was founded in New York City on 1946 as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) but changed to its current National Basketball Association on 1949 after merging with its rival, the National Basketball League (NBL). The league currently has 30 teams (29 in the USA and one in Canada) and is an active participant of USA Basketball and FIBA.
Throughout its history, the NBA has produced some of the finest and most renowned athletes including Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Fans of the National Basketball Association are among the most passionate sports fans in the world. Canadians take part it the excitement by cheering on their lone hoops team – the Toronto Raptors by placing bets on games online or through our local lottery retailers. Every province and territory has outlets where Canadians can place wagers on NBA action from the regular season through to the final series where the world champion is crowned. Canucks love round-ball.
Odds On NBA Games
We compiled the best betting options from sportsbooks on current games across the league. This widget doubles as a schedule and you can view more of this week’s games.
NBA Scores And Standings
Keeping updated with the entire league is crucial when it comes to making good bets. The table here lists every team’s win-loss record but also their points (+) and points against.
|EC - Atlantic Division|
|4||New York Knicks||16||9||7||1675||1657||0.563|
|EC - Central Division|
|EC - Southeast Division|
|WC - Northwest Division|
|4||Oklahoma City Thunder||16||7||9||1651||1577||0.438|
|WC - Pacific Division|
|1||Golden State Warriors||17||13||4||2004||1827||0.765|
|WC - Southwest Division|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||17||11||6||1722||1670||0.647|
|3||New Orleans Pelicans||17||9||8||1848||1876||0.529|
Bet On NBA Games
Ever since Canadian-born John Naissmith invented the game, Canadians have very fond of basketball. Though we have only one team currently playing in the Association, our knowledge of the sport is remarkable, and many Canadians earn a living playing in the best basketball league in the world south of the border. Betting on b-ball happens on every game as punters bet on game totals, spreads, money line bets, or go for parlay wagers.
Playoff Basketball Betting Online
When the playoffs roll around in the spring, the basketball world focuses in on who will make it to The Finals. Forget where teams place in the regular season – as the online sportsbook lines will show you, anything can happen, and is expected to. Upsets are frequent and lots of money can be made with the simplest bets. Game Total betting is a popular choice among NBA fans, as is spread wagering. Every series has wagers offering great lines that might surprise you. NBA playoffs are the perfect time of year to cash at the sportsbook you belong to.
NBA Finals Betting Odds
The Finals – the climax of the season, boils down to a best-of-seven, winner-take-all series to fight for the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Betting odds are available at your sportsbook of choice, and you might find lines moving a little bit before tip-off. Make sure you pinpoint when the lines match what you think will happen, and lay down your wager. Millions of people watch, millions of people bet, and millions of dollars are up for grabs. Bet on the whole series, each individual game, or break it down to quarters within a game, it’s your choice.
Betting on NBA games takes place through sportsbooks in the money line. In this type of bet, you outright pick the winner of an NBA game and your profit is dependent on their price. Prices range from minus numbers indicating favorites or plus numbers indicating underdogs. A price of -500 for example indicates the team is a big favorite and you will have to bet $500 to win back $100. But a price of +200 on the flipside reveals an underdog (an unlikely winner) and $200 will be won on a bet of $100.
Filtering underdogs – Despite the NBA appearing like a very predictable and elitist type of league, it has still been known to produce some competitive games. Upsets still happen on a regular basis although some shrewd gambling and intensive research may be required to properly pick the legitimate underdog threats from the duds. Factors like home and away records, rest (or lack thereof) and key injuries to rosters should all be taken into consideration before placing bets. Don’t be too swayed by the betting numbers.
Cutting through bias - In the NBA, there have only been a handful of successful franchises not unlike its baseball counterpart, the MLB. Teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs have a long track record for success and fans and analysts alike may fall into a group-think mentality of overvaluing them despite statistics or recent developments showing otherwise. On the flipside, some franchises like the Philadelphia 76ers and Sacramento Kings have endured hard seasons and may be found at very affordable prices on the betting lines due to constantly being overlooked.
Predicting scores - If laying money on a winner can prove too tricky for you, try playing the team totals (over/unders). For totals, you will bet on whether the total score between the two teams will be over or under the given score. If 205.5 is the provided total, both teams have to put up a combined score either over or under 205.5 depending on your bet.