The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one of the most watched sports leagues on the planet and with it’s huge popularity there is no surprise to such a large interest in betting on the NBA each season.
When it comes to betting on the NBA, there are literally hundreds of markets to choose from. Whether you’re betting on an individual game, the NBA Championship or any of the individual awards on offer – you’re bound to find a market that catches your eye.
The most popular market in NBA betting is either the head-to-head or line betting markets. Head-to-head (H2H) is popular in most sports and the NBA is no different. H2H is simple, back a team who you think will win. It’s important to check the terms of your bet before placing it though, given the NBA has overtime, rather than drawn matches you want to make sure your bet covers the overtime result as well.
Line betting is probably the most popular market of all and we’ll go into more detail on this below.
NBA Line Betting
Line betting, or as some call it spread betting, is the most popular method of betting when it comes to NBA games.
Each week bookmakers will set a line for each NBA match, much like a handicap. The line is set on the final margin of the match so if you bet on a team with a +5.5 line they only have to get within 5 points of their opponent at the end of the match for your bet to win. NBA Line betting is also a very popular option for multi-bet punters.
NBA All-Star Game Betting
The NBA All-Star game catches the imagination of all basketball fans, it’s the absolute pinnacle of talent all on display on one court. It’s not to be missed and thankfully you can bet on it too!
The All-Star game might not be the most fiercely contested game but it’s extremely entertaining thanks to the high scoring. For this reason the total game points line is often the most bet on market of the All-Star game.
NBA Live Streaming & TV Coverage
Any given NBA match can attract millions of viewers from all across the globe and it’s also one of the most streamed sports in history.
The NBA has basically revolutionized the sports broadcasting world with their NBA League Pass, allowing viewers from around the world to live stream any game for free if they subscribe to their league pass.
The NBA League Pass can be expensive though, especially for Australian residents. That’s why so many NBA fans stream the NBA straight from their Sportsbet account.
Sportsbet offer free live streaming of NBA games, the only catch is that you need to have money in your account. But what’s so bad about having a few spare dollars sitting in an online betting account for the ability to live stream the NBA?
Foxtel subscribers in Australia also have limited access to watch certain NBA games via ESPN.
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