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How do I bet on the second half of an NBA basketball game?

Author: americangambler | Last Updated: May 10, 2019

At the conclusion of the first half, sportsbooks will almost always offer a new line for strictly the second half only.

A new point spread and total are issued and the second half is treated as just a single betting event.

Often, the second half spread will mimic the first half line if the game is going to form.

However, if one of the two teams has a substantial advantage in relation to the full-game line, oddsmakers will often try to place the spread in accordance with the current game situation and probabilities for a return to the means.

When betting a second-half point spread, total, or team total, it should be noted that if the game is tied at the end of the fourth quarter, any scoring in a subsequent overtime period(s) are added to the second half score.

Some sports bettors will use second-half wagering as a means to hedge a profit should their wagers appear ahead at halftime.

For example, a bettor that has a wager on the OVER for the full game at 215 may elect to place a wager on the UNDER if there was excess scoring in the first half.

If the final result of the scoring in the first half was 115, a bettor could comfortable come back on almost any offered number for a strong middle opportunity, possibly gaining as much as a 200 percent win for a risk as low as five percent of the total amount of the two wagers combined.