There are several ways to bet on the NBA, with one popular way being the spread. Many fans will say that NBA betting involves a spread because the scores can become quite high. Another way to bet is with a moneyline bet. The moneyline is a type of bet that has odds based on predictions about who will win. Moneyline wagers can be significant when teams with near perfect standings compete against lower level teams.
You can also have a total bet, which is basically a bet on the combined score of both teams. This figure is determined by the sportsbook and fans will need to place an over or under bet. Of all major U.S. sports, the NBA is the highest scoring sports, so there are many cases where the totals are figures as high as +220 – making betting on the NBA a truly exhilarating experience!
Last, but definitely not least, is a 1st half bet. An NBA game consists of four 12 minute quarters and fans can place a bet on the 1st quarter line and the 1st half line of these games. These bets are essentially a game within a game. The 1st quarter line allows fans to predict who will cover the spread in the 1st quarter. The 1st half lines are similar except they cover the 1st two quarters (or half) of the game. The inspiration for these bets is rooted in the fact that some teams play extremely well at first while others play better as the game goes on.