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NBA Tips and Betting Predictions - Best bets to be backing

  • Best Bets for Today's NBA games 

Looking for the latest NBA betting tips and predictions? We preview the latest games and pick out the best bets of the day to be backing. 

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NBA Tips - Friday 24 March

New York Knicks @ Portland Trail Blazers 

The Portland Trail Blazers scored just 90 points in their 93-90 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. The Blazers shot just 42 percent from the field and 19 percent from beyond the arc. Rest assured with scorers such as Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, that won’t be happening two games in a row. Disregarding their last home game against the Bucks, the Blazers have averaged 113.5 points at home over their last six games. The previous two road games for the Knicks have averaged 225.5 total points. With the Knicks no longer in playoff contention and the Blazers able to dictate pace, I’m expecting a shootout. The Over is 10-2 in Knicks last 12 games playing on no days rest. The Over is 4-1 in the Blazers last five home games. The Over is 4-1 in the Blazers last 5 games following a ATS (Against the spread) loss.

Phoenix Suns @ Brooklyn Nets

The Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets are two of the three teams that are mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. The difference is the Brooklyn Nets have no incentive to tank. The Nets draft pick will go to the Boston Celtics, so the Nets are trying to win every game down the stretch. The Nets have won three of their last six games, which is their best streak of the season. The Suns have made their tanking intentions very clear, putting Tyson Chandler, Brandon Knight and now leading scorer Eric Bledsoe on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. The Suns are now 0-2 on their six-game road trip and sit at just 9-26 on the road for the season. The Suns are 0-5 ATS (Against The Spread) in their last five games. The Nets are 7-2 ATS in their last nine games. 

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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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