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How does NBA betting work?

Author: americangambler | Last Updated: May 10, 2019

NBA betting is a series of markets that oddsmakers set in order to derive two-way action on a series of propositions for wagering on a particular game or event.

The sports gambling public will wager with bookmakers to enhance their enjoyment of the game, as well as, try to cash a bet. A small percentage of the wagering public will generate a reasonable income by betting on NBA basketball.

Sportsbooks, meanwhile, offer the punter the opportunity of the wager, in exchange for the assumed eventuality of grinding out a profit via the margins on a menu of offerings. Paying out the winning wagers while collecting on the losing ones. This relationship is key to the success of NBA betting markets.

Gamblers are offered a series of bets that include winning a game straight-up, or with a spread (handicap), which is designed to put the teams on an equal level, forcing the gambler to decide if the assigned handicap or offered moneyline, is inaccurate or not indicative of the likely eventual performance.

Bettors will wager a set amount in exchange for a profitable return by the bookmaker. These bets can also include betting on the total number of points scored by the teams, individually and combined. The variations are also broken up into betting on the first and second half, as well as, by quarters.

Sportsbooks also offer a variety or parlay or teaser wagers, in which gamblers receive a higher payout by winning two or more bets in succession, either straight-up or against a spread, and/or including totals.

Gambling shops will also offer betting opportunities on individual player statistical performance in games, as well as, other proposition-style wagers.

Bookmakers frequently offer odds to win certain league championships, such as to win the NBA Finals, or individual trophy awards, such as to win the NBA MVP Award.