What is the most important stat when betting on NBA basketball?

While certainly up for debate by handicappers, a key stat that many NBA bettors find important in how often does a team cover the point spread.

A team’s point spread record is a direct reflection of how often a team plays above the public’s expectation in their games.

While no certainty that a team with a winning point spread record will continue to excel at the same pace as in their previous segment of games, a winning spread record can often be associated with a team that is often underestimated by the public.

Another important stat is whether a team’s games go OVER or UNDER the betting total.

A team’s O/U record is a direct reflection of whether or not the team plays in games that a higher or lower scoring. This is useful when betting on NBA basketball totals.

Other handicappers can also rely on other key stats and metrics for finding winning bets on NBA basketball.

While many handicappers use power ratings to determine the strength of one team over another, those ratings sometimes don’t include actual statistical data and are just a crafted barometer of the handicapper.

Still, common statistics such as average points scored and average points allowed, the average margin of victory/defeat, and average points scored in conjunction with the opponent are also important stats to consider.

Other individual stats can also be helpful in NBA handicapping, including field percentages, rebounding totals, assists, steals, blocked shots, turnovers, blocks/charges and fouls can also be factored into metrics that can help determine opportunities for successful NBA wagers.


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