Let’s take a look at the basics of betting NBA games. Basketball betting begins with pointspread sides. Here is what a typical NBA basketball betting line would look like:
Houston Rockets 190 +190
Dallas Mavericks -5 -220
If you like Dallas in this NBA basketball betting odds example you will be laying 5 points at the traditional $110 for every $100 you want to win on Dallas. The Mavericks must win the game by more than 5 points for your bet to be a winner. If you like Houston you are getting the 5 points at the same $110 for every $100 you want to win in basketball betting. The total listed of 190 is the total amount of points scored in the game. You can bet over or under that basketball betting total, again at the $110 for $100 increment. It might be that you wager $11 to win $10, but the equivalent is the same when betting NBA games.
The numbers to the far right of the team's names are known as the money line. With the money line you don’t worry about laying or receiving points, you only care about the straight up victory in basketball betting. If you like Dallas you will be risking $220 for every $100 dollars you want to win when betting NBA action. If you like Houston you will get $190 dollars for every $100 you risk.
When looking at NBA basketball betting lines you always want to get the best number possible. For example, if you had Dallas when betting NBA action and were laying the 5 points it would be advantageous to you if you found a sportsbook where Dallas was only laying 4.5 in basketball betting. Conversely, you might find a sportsbook where Houston was +5.5 in basketball betting. This is just a basic example, but the point is that you want to always get the best line on the game.
NBA basketball betting lines are very easy to understand. They are similar in many respects to NFL lines because you have a pointspread, a total and a money line.
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