The best type of bet for an individual sports bettor that is wagering on NBA basketball is whatever the gambler is most confident in achieving a winning result.
However, it should be noted that the wagers that charge the least amount of juice (vigorish) are the best bets on any given single-day NBA board.
This includes spreads and totals, as well as, most team totals, first- and second-half lines, and some money lines.
Larger money lines, especially big favorites, may lose some overall value when the house takeout is large.
For example, while a straight-up wager is mostly offered at -110 on each side for a .20 cent spread, a heavier favorite may lay -250 with a takeback of +200, for a .50 cent margin.
Also, some overnight odds are offered with higher juice at some sportsbooks, resulting in a .40 cent margin, while many props are some sportsbooks are also offered at -120 on each side for the same takeout.
While there is no guarantee of a winning bet in NBA basketball, many pro hoop bettors recommend considering the underdog and the UNDER first, before considering the handicap on the favorite and/or the OVER.