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NBA Tips and Betting Predictions - Best bets to be backing

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NBA Tips - Saturday January 20

Phoenix Suns vs Denver Nuggets
Both the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets have lost five of their last seven matches. This is most surprising for the Nuggets who have now fallen out of the top eight in the Western Conference. The Nuggets are 16-5 at home and will now play eight of their next nine matches in the Pepsi Center. The Phoenix Suns have been woeful on the defensive end over the past month, however the good sign is that Devin Booker is embracing his new role on the offensive end. Booker’s 43 points against the Blazers included eight assists. The Suns allowed the Blazers to shoot 50.5 percent from the field in their 118-111 loss, while the Pacers shot at 54.5 percent from the floor in their 120-97 defeat. The last match between these two teams was only 16 days ago in the Pepsi Center. The game was played at a frenetic pace, with 60+ points in three of the four quarters. Despite the Suns winning the second quarter 41-27, It was an easy win for the Nuggets as they took the victory 134-111. That scoreline makes me question the over/under total for this game. I had the Nuggets marked 8-point favourites, with the over/under at 227.5. I’m very surprised to see the actual line a full 10 points under my projection. This is my biggest play for the year to date, I’m very happy to take the over, especially in Denver. 




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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.

Spread 

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 

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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