BASKETBALL BETTING GUIDE

Basketball is one of the most popular sports for betting in the world as it mixes thrilling, fast-paced games with dynamic outcomes that offer interested parties a variety of potential wagers to make. While basketball is one of the simpler sports to bet on, there is a groundwork of knowledge that potential basketball gamblers need to have under their feet before laying their first wager on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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BASKETBALL BETTING GUIDE

Basketball is one of the most popular sports for betting in the world as it mixes thrilling, fast-paced games with dynamic outcomes that offer interested parties a variety of potential wagers to make. While basketball is one of the simpler sports to bet on, there is a groundwork of knowledge that potential basketball gamblers need to have under their feet before laying their first wager on DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Most Common Basketball Betting Types

Point Spread Betting

Basketball point spread betting is probably the most popular type of wager that you can make. The point spread is a calculated points difference determined by oddsmakers between two teams lining up.

For example, if Golden State is playing Charlotte, they’ll be a big favorite. As a 12-point favorite (for example), Golden State must win the game by 12 points or more for them to ‘cover the spread.’ Any result where Charlotte wins or loses by less than 12 points, bets on Charlotte against the spread would win.

In the NBA, betting against the spread is a great way to make every game interesting, even while the game is live. With 82 games in a season, even the best teams will lose to major underdogs and of course there are plenty of momentum swings, resulting in huge runs. Savvy researchers who pay attention to fatigue, home/road splits, player injuries and coaching changes can all find an edge against their competition.

Point Totals

Total betting is another extremely popular way to bet on basketball. Also known as over/under, betting on the point total is as simple as it sounds. You are placing a wager based on whether or not the two teams on the court exceed or fail to meet a certain combined score. Here's an example:

Let's say that Duke and Michigan State are slated to square off with a point total set at 155.5. If you believe that they will combine for more than 155.5 points, you would wager on the over. If you feel that Duke and Michigan State won't meet that score, you would wager on the under. If the final score is 80-75, bets on the under would be successful.

Money Line

Betting on the money line is a simplified version of the prior two wager types. Instead of including points, you simply place your money on who you think will win the game. Money line wagers are built around odds which means that if you are betting on the favorite, you have to stake more money than if you were betting on the underdog (for the same profit/return). For example, you wouldn't really make a significant amount of money by betting on a large, competitive school like UVA against a small school if UVA wins.

Parlays

Parlays are all about stringing together bets to increase winnings. In order to win your parlay, you must accurately make multiple winning picks to win. By combining several bets into a parlay, the chances of winning are less, but the rewards are much greater if you pick correctly.

Most Common Basketball Betting Mistakes

Research Until Tip-Off

Basketball is unique among sports in that players can and will be pulled from the starting lineup all the way up until the actual start of the game. In baseball, lineup cards are submitted hours prior to the game. In football, actives/inactives are released in the morning before games are underway. In basketball, players can be pulled from the bench based on a cold or a tightened muscle. Pay attention to social media and be aware of any last-minute lineup changes. A Golden State team that suddenly sits Kevin Durant is a great opportunity to bet against the spread, for example.

Account for Scheduling

With 82 games in a condensed season, there are going to be times when players are forced to take what is known as a 'circus road trip'. Teams will hop on a jet and fly all across the country in order to play two games in three days. Fatigue from travel and excessive playtime can directly impact the outcome of a game. Pay attention to scheduling, travel distance, and home/road advantages.

Embrace Advanced Statistics

While basketball isn't comparable with baseball, in terms of statistics, there are many reliable metrics to work with while deciding your wagers. Use turnovers, team rebounding and 3-point shooting percentages as a team in order to guide your bets.