Online NBA Betting

Online NBA Betting is the second most popular wager behind the NFL for North American bettors. Each NBA season brings plenty of betting action at all sorts of sportsbooks, with the bulk of it coming from NBA fans throughout the US following their team(s). With betting options like full game point spreads and totals, and even point spreads and totals for each half, bettors can always find something to bet on throughout a season to satiate their appetite. [+]

However, with the NBA being a superstar-driven league and the nature of the game (ie constant scoring every minute), online NBA bettors really have to do their homework on teams, players, situations, and even referee assignments to find great success in this field.

The National Basketball Association is decades old, but really only came into its own in the days of Magic, Larry Legend and M during the 80’s. Since then the players have changed and the shorts have (thankfully) gotten longer, but it’s still the most exciting 5-on-5 action on the hardcourt. With the biggest scores of any professional major sport, NBA basketball lends itself well to sports betting.

With 30 teams and several games each week per team, the opportunities to wager are numerous. Betting fortunes can rise or fall depending on one player sitting a game out, so Canadian sports bettors will want to approach basketball betting with a fair amount of research. Most sportsbooks help out with betting tips and game previews, so before you place that 4-game parlay, check out the starting lineup.

NBA Betting Lines

In a sport where any given team can not only lose, but lose badly, any night, betting on the NBA requires dedication and a lot of homework. [+]

Traditional matchups offer some insight, but often it’s a matter of taking a spread and figuring out if it’s worth the risk as one garbage bucket can (and all too often does) swing the entire betting result. With such high scores and momentum shifts, many bettors prefer to stick to Total bets and Live Betting wagers. Check out our odds comparison below to figure out who’ll be your go to sportsbook come NBA betting time.

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FT Cleveland Cavaliers 120 - 129 Warriors +340 -303 Odds

NBA Standings

Checking the NBA standings on a weekly basis can help you figure out which upcoming games to target as betting options. This year’s current NBA standings can be seen below.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 53 29 8857 8641 0.646
2 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 51 31 8762 8417 0.622
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 31 51 8556 8857 0.378
4 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 28 54 8400 8867 0.341
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 20 62 8673 9225 0.244
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 51 31 9048 8787 0.622
2 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 42 40 8497 8512 0.512
3 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 42 40 8618 8636 0.512
4 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 41 41 8435 8400 0.500
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 37 45 8309 8401 0.451
EC - Southeast Division
1 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 49 33 8953 8805 0.598
2 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 43 39 8459 8529 0.524
3 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 41 41 8460 8373 0.500
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8601 8585 0.439
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 29 53 8288 8827 0.354
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 51 31 8258 7935 0.622
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 47 35 8741 8679 0.573
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 41 41 8851 8894 0.500
4 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 40 42 9161 9119 0.488
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 31 51 8657 8748 0.378
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 67 15 9503 8549 0.817
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 51 31 8911 8559 0.622
3 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 32 50 8430 8748 0.390
4 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 26 56 8575 9139 0.317
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 24 58 8831 9293 0.293
WC - Southwest Division
1 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 61 21 8637 8047 0.744
2 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 55 27 9458 8985 0.671
3 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 43 39 8239 8199 0.524
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 34 48 8556 8728 0.415
5 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 33 49 8029 8269 0.402

How To Bet On NBA

All sportsbooks that offer lines on North American sports will feature the NBA Playoffs, but Canadian sports bettors should stick to those sportsbooks that offer a wide selection of props, futures and Live Betting options, as most games will be nationally televised. Check out our list of recommended sportsbooks and get ready for one heck of an NBA Playoffs.

Since the NBA is a superstar-driven league and one star can dramatically affect the outcome of games, you will see the team’s with those top-tier stars winning plenty of games. Cleveland has LeBron James, Golden State has Steph Curry, San Antonio has Kawhi Leonard, and Oklahoma City has Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Those four franchises have done a lot of winning in recent years with those stars at the helm, and Golden State even set the regular season win record in 2015-16 with a 73-9 record for the entire season.

Yet, while those franchises are the likely combatants come NBA Finals time, the league is full of other quality teams that can turn you a profit against the spread. The Raptors have quietly improved their record each year under coach Dwane Casey and they are definitely a team on the rise. [+]

Another outsider team that could climb up the standings soon are the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota is stocked with top-tier young talent like Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio, and it’s likely only a matter of time before they become a perennial playoff team. Backing them during this projected ascent will allow you to find plenty of value on the T-Wolves.

Finally, one has to mention the fact that the NBA season is a long and grinding one and all the games and travel can wear down anyone. Talent tends to win out in the end in this league, but there are plenty of betting spots throughout the season where the more talented team is worn down or simply disinterested in playing an inferior opponent. Those are great times to look to take the points with the underdog as perception plays a big part in NBA betting for most that wager simply for action. If you want to consistently grow your bankroll, being aware of these spots and capitalizing on them is a must.