Basketball isn’t just a fun sport to watch, it’s also fun to bet on. And with the right knowledge, you could be celebrating along with the team holding the trophy.
We all know that gambling is a game of chance. Even a total novice can get a huge payout — it’s all about who’s lucky that day.
We can’t manufacture luck. However, we can tell you some tips that will help you make the best bet possible.
There’s no way to guarantee a win every time, but you can use these NBA betting tips to increase your odds of winning.
1. Learn Your Sport
Basketball is massively popular in the U.S., but it’s only just now starting to pick up steam here in the U.K. Before betting, make sure you know some basics about the sport and the league:
– NBA stands for the National Basketball Association, AKA the biggest basketball league in the world.
– There are 30 teams, split up into two conferences — East and West.
– The playoffs consist of the top 8 teams from each conference.
– Playoffs are knockout format, with a bracket for each conference.
There are obviously more details, but that’s the most basic information you need to know before you start planning your bets.
With that out of the way, let’s cover the NBA betting tips you need to know.
2. Don’t Get Too Emotional
This is one of the most important NBA betting tips to know. You absolutely have to keep a cool head if you want to win your bet.
We’re all a little biased. It’s easy to just go with your favourite player or team, even if you know that bet probably isn’t going to work out.
Don’t let your emotions get in the way of making the best bet.
The best gamblers gather all of the information they need — stats, trends, odds, etc. — and make their decisions accordingly. They know that’s the tried and true way to increase their chances of winning.
Which leads us to…
3. Know Your Odds
Quick refresher — odds are just the probability of a certain event taking place. Before making any decisions, you want to know how likely it is that you’ll be right.
Odds are one way to predict what the best bets will be.
Don’t just pick the team with the best odds, though. (This year, that’s the Golden State Warriors.) Betting isn’t any fun without a little bit of risk.
For the NBA finals, there are two different kinds of odds for you to keep in mind:
– Which team will win the title
– Which two teams will be in the finals
The second option has longer odds. If you choose to bet based off of the two teams to make it to the final series, you could potentially make a lot more money.
There are also a lot of different combinations that could happen, especially with how the Western conference is looking. The Cavaliers are pretty much set in the East, but there are still a few teams who could upset Golden State.
Bookies in Vegas are usually on top of the odds, which can change throughout the regular season based on how well each team performs. Make sure you check how your team is doing before you make a decision.
4. Be Aware of Trends, But Don’t Live By Them
Have you ever heard the saying, “the trend is your friend?”
That can be true, but be cautious when looking at trends. They will only work in your favour if you know how to analyse them.
One of the important NBA betting tips is to look at situational trends. Because of basketball’s long regular season, there’s bound to be a point in the season where a team is “off.”
Staying on top of this can help you predict when a normally solid team could go under at a crucial moment.
Similarly, there’s a huge advantage for teams who play at home. In some cases, you might even see the team’s playing style change when they’re on their home court vs. when they’re away.
You can also check out the betting data trends to see how other people are betting.
You could choose to bet the same way as everyone else, because you think they’ll all be right. Or, you could go against the grain and purposefully pick the team everyone thinks will lose.
That is a skill related to one of our next NBA betting tips.
5. Find Your Underdog
Right now, it looks like we’re going to see a rematch of the 2016 Finals — the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are both favourites to be in the 2017 showdown.
However, nothing is guaranteed. What other teams do you think have a shot of wrecking the rematch scenario?
If you’re looking to bet against the odds, you can play it (relatively) safe or make a really wild pick.
A safer bet would be on a team like the Spurs. They’ve been consistently good this season and could potentially upset the Warriors.
The odds are obviously longer on them to win, so you’d have more money in your pocket if you placed this bet successfully.
A wilder choice would be a team that has no chance and would need a miracle to make it to the finals.
This year, that would be a bet on a team like the Atlanta Hawks — sure, you’d make a ton of money if that actually happened, but there’s no way it will.
6. Know the Starting Lineup
Finally, know the players of each team and who is set to play. You never know when an injury could sideline a star player.
If you cast your bet too early and then one of your team’s starting lineup is out for a game — or more — that could seriously hurt your chances of a successful bet.
Wait to place your bet until after you’re absolutely sure of who will be playing on each team.
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