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.
Boston Celtics @ Miami Heat
The Boston Celtics are a team whose level of play has generally dipped of late. They are just 5-5 in their last ten games and they have some losses in that stretch to some questionable teams.
They lost to New Orleans, the Suns, and the Pistons. If you take a longer look at this team, you find a 15-point loss to the Spurs and a small loss to the Washington Wizards. The Celtics aren’t really living up to expectations of late.
Additionally, the Celtics are a much worse team on the road than they are at home. They don’t look like they are in good enough form to beat Miami, a game that the Heat will host. Miami is a crushing 21-2 when hosting, a record that is really tough to bet against unless you get some really good odds.
In this case, you have to think that the odds on the Miami Heat are the ones that are good. They are priced at $1.68 on the moneyline with bet365. For a team that wins more than 90% of their home games and playing against an off-form team, you have to consider $1.68 to be good value.
NBA Live Streaming
bet365 are the leading bookmaker when it comes to streaming sports online for free and that includes a huge array of basketball matches including all NBA games from the regular season clashes to the finals series as the champions are crowned.
You will find the entire basketball schedule available in bet365’s live streaming service, where there is up to 60,000 different events streamed live each year, and it allows you to watch the action from mobile, laptop, tablet or PC.
So no matter where you are you can stream the best of the NBA and basketball from league’s worldwide.
Under Australian law, we are required to inform you that Live Streaming on bet365 is exempt from Parts 3 and 4 of the Broadcasting Services (Online Content Service Provider Rules) 2018.
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.
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.