Betting on basketball has reached such large proportions that it now ranks only behind football.
However, because we all like to win, a little knowledge about how basketball lines betting works can help you to win consistently.
Basketball is extremely popular because you can bet on various stages of the game.
You can for instance, bet on the four quarters or the two halves separately, depending on how the game is going though the odds might shorten.
On many online sports books, you can bet on NBA games as well as college football and European games.
There are literally hundreds of websites and newspapers that will provide you with basketball statistics and expert tips.
This is a good way of gathering information for your homework though, in the end, your common sense and good judgment will tell you what bet to place.
The baseball line will have point spreads as well as odds and the most common odds are + 110.
This means that you need to bet $110 to win $100 and the $10 is the bookie's commission, or the vig as it is popularly known.
You will often get the same odds on both teams because the point spread theoretically makes them equal.
Point spread betting.
This works exactly as it does in football and the bookmakers work out the number of points to be added to the underdog and subtracted from the favorites to make them equal.
In other words, the favorite will give or lay points and the underdog will take or gain points.
The line will look something like this: Utah Jazz + 7 + 110 LA Lakers - 7 + 110 This means that the Lakers are the favorites and need to win by more than seven points for your bet to win.
Conversely, the Jazz need to lose by less than seven points for your bet to win.
Betting on totals.
Another popular form of betting is to bet on the total number of points that both teams put together will score.
The bookmakers will post a total that they think is the most probable score.
If you think that the total is going to be more, you would bet on the over.
And similarly, if you think that the total is going to be less, you would bet on the under.
If the posted total is 180 points and the final score is 94-82, the total is 176 and the under wins.
On the other hand, if the final score is 99-93, the total is 192 and the over wins.
In deciding your bet, you will need to take into account the offensive and defensive strategies of both teams and their past performance.
If you anticipate a tight defensive battle, it makes sense to go for the under.
Similarly, if you expect an aggressive and offensive game, it makes sense to go for the over.
Betting on parlays.
Instead of betting on a single game, the punter has the choice of betting on the results of multiple games with a single bet and the payout will be much higher.
This kind of bet is called a parlay and payouts look something like this: 2 Games - 13:5 3 Games - 6:1 4 Games - 10:1 5 Games - 20:1 6 Games - 40:1