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NBA Tips and Betting Predictions - Best bets to be backing

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NBA Tips - Tuesday June 13

Cleveland Cavaliers @ Golden State Warriors

The Cleveland Cavaliers avoided the sweep and forced a game five of this NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. The Cavs found their shot making when the needed it most, breaking all sorts of records on their way to a 137-116 victory.
The Cavaliers scored 49 first quarter points and made 24 threes for the game. LeBron James recorded his ninth NBA Finals triple-double, passing Lakers legend Magic Johnson for the record. James finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. The Cavs were +32 with LeBron on the floor. Kyrie Irving continued his great record in playoff elimination games, finishing with 40 points on 15-27 shooting. Irving who has struggled shooting the three this series finished with seven triples. 
Kevin Love and J.R. Smith were both vital for the Cavaliers with their hot hand. Love finished with seven made field goals, six of which came from beyond the arc. Love scored 23 points to go along with his five rebounds and three steals. J.R. Smith who had been a non-factor in the series stepped up in game four, finishing with five threes and 15 points. 
The Warriors just couldn’t match the Cavaliers shooting or intensity throughout game four. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson combined to shoot 8-24 from the field. Kevin Durant continued his bid for Finals MVP, finishing with 35 points, making 15-16 from the free throw line. Draymond Green finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds despite picking up a technical foul. 
Both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James have been asked to carry so much of the workload throughout this final series. Irving and James played a combined 91 minutes in game three and backed up that performance with an intense game four atmosphere where they combined for 71 points in 81 minutes. Whilst there is no doubt both James and Irving believe they can take this thing back to Cleveland, they are up against four All-Stars and the league MVPs of the last three seasons who are desperate to close this out on their home floor. 
We are now in the same position as last year, with the Warriors up 3-1 and about to play game five on their home floor. Don’t let the media hype about the Warriors choking confuse you. This series will be over in five games. If Draymond Green doesn’t get suspended for game five last year, we are probably sitting here talking about how the Warriors are about to be three-time NBA champions. 
This year not only do the Warriors have Draymond Green for game five, they also have former MVP, and arguably one of the two best players in the world, Kevin Durant. This is a different team this year, they didn’t chase 73 wins, Stephen Curry is fully healthy. The Warriors are ready to take care of business. 
Prediction: Golden State Warriors 127 vs Cleveland Cavaliers 111

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Betting on NBA Basketball

Bookmakers have a number of markets available for basketball games and we run through some of the most popular ways to bet on the sport.


The Point Spread, more commonly known as the ‘line’ in Australian betting terms, is one of the most common bet types. The spread allows the punter to get even odds on either team by giving or taking points. For example, if the Golden State Warriors are playing the Utah Jazz you may see this market...Golden State Warriors -11.5 vs Utah Jazz +11.5. The - symbol will always be associated with the favourite and the + symbol will always be associated with the underdog. This simply means if you take Golden State -11.5 they must win the game by 12 or more points for the bet to win. If you are betting on the Utah Jazz +11.5 this means the Jazz and either wins the game or lose by less than 12 points. If they do, the bet is a winner. 


Total betting is the most common bet for professional NBA bettors. The Total has two sides, the Over and the Under. The ‘Total’ is the number of combined points between the two teams. For example in the Golden State vs Utah game, the Total is set at 209.5. This means if the Warriors beat the Jazz 111-99, the total will have gone over the expected 209.5 points and the Over will be paid out. Vice Versa if the total score ends at 109-99 the Under will be paid out. 

Money Line 

The Money Line or ‘Head to Head’ betting is the simplest and most popular bet types in NBA. The Money line is simply the odds that bookmaker sets for either team to win a game. All the Money Line requires is for you to correctly pick the winner of the match. The Odds for an underdog will be much higher than betting against the spread so this is often a more popular betting proposition for the amateur punter. 

First Basket Scorer
The First basket scorer market simple. You are able to bet on who will score the first basket of the game. Only the starting 10 players on the court are to be considered as bench players will never score the first basket of the game. 

Quarter Betting
Betting on individual quarters is quickly becoming a more popular bet type among punters. You are able to bet on the outcome of a quarter, by betting on a team or the total points scored in that quarter. For example, if the Warriors are playing the Jazz, a first quarter market may read:

Golden State Warriors -1.5 | Over 55.5 points | Utah Jazz +1.5 | Under 55.5 points 

It is important to watch for teams that are historically fast starters and others that are slow starters. The first quarter is regarded as the highest scoring quarter whilst the third quarter is known for being the lowest scoring.

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