Like football, bettors can wager on teasers in NBA basketball, although the wager usually requires bettors to get within 4-to-5 points of an original line, unlike the popular 6-to-7 point margin in football.
Other variations of teaser bets, including a greater number of points, are sometimes available.
A teaser shall consist of two-or-more teams that have their point spread adjusted by usually by 4, 4 1/2 or 5 points.
For example, a team that is favored by -7 points will have their spread adjusted (teased) down to -2 points when playing a 5-point teaser.
Taking an underdog, however, the reverse is true. A team that is getting +5 points in a game will have their point spread adjusted to +9, for example, on a 4-point teaser.
Checking the house rules is an important factor in teaser bets on NBA basketball.
Some sportsbooks will call the teaser a loss should the teased point spread tie. However, some books will take the teaser down to the next denomination of teams, awarding a tie.
Usually, the odds payout reflects rules that account for ties-lose or other tied result.
In terms of payouts, the number of points teased will also affect the size of the payout. Teasing by four points pays out more than teasing by 4 1/2 of five points.