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Betting NBA Point Spreads


Betting NBA point spreads is one of the more common ways bettors wager on sports.

Key Points

  • Betting NBA point spreads is one of the most common ways to bet on the NBA.
  • Bettors can look at a variety of information to help them make sound decisions when betting NBA point spreads.

Betting NBA Point Spreads

Itís one of the most popular ways to bet on NBA basketball. Betting NBA point spreads can be both fun and profitable if you have a working knowledge of what you are doing.

Getting on the right side of a point spread bet consistently takes some time and effort. There are ways to gain an edge and come out ahead.

Here is how you can conquer betting NBA point spreads.

NBA Point Spreads Example

The point spread is the great equalizer. You have two teams of different abilities. One team may be hot, the other cold. One team has players injured; another is healthy. 

Whatever the case, the point spread can account for these differences. Letís take the following example of the game between the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks.

††††††††††††††††††††††† Milwaukee†††††† -2.5 (-110)

††††††††††††††††††††††† New York††††††† +2.5 (-110)

In this case, the point spread is 2.5 and Milwaukee is the favorite as indicated by the minus ď-Ē sign. The Bucks are considered 2.5 points better than the Knicks and, in order for a bet to win on Milwaukee, the Bucks will have to win by at least three points.

A winning bet on the underdog Knicks will win if New York loses by two or fewer points or wins the game outright. 

The odds of -110 indicate that a bettor must wager $1.10 to win a dollar on either side of the bet. Anyone betting on basketball needs to know about point spreads.

Bet Early Lines

One of the ways to take advantage of a point spread is to bet early. Typically, bettors can get odds early in the morning for that nightís games. The top online sportsbook will have sharp lines out early.

Having information is the key to setting these odds. As a day progresses, oddsmakers - as well as bettors - have access to more information. This information can have an effect on the point spread and the odds. Offshore sports odds are normally the best in the business.

If mistakes are made in setting a line for an NBA game, it is typically made early. Thatís why NBA bettors should consider betting early. 

One of the keys to becoming a consistent NBA winner is beating the closing line. For every half-point you beat the closing line by, your winning percentage increases by 1 to 3 percent.

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Check Injury Reports

Looking at an injury report is an easy way to gain an edge in NBA betting. The absence of one key player is a much bigger deal in basketball than it is in football.

If there are injury issues, you may want to reconsider betting early too. Youíll need to look at the final injury report which comes out about 5 p.m. before night games. 

Bettors also need to be on the lookout for players resting. It is common these days for starters, especially elite players, to rest on the second night of back-to-back games.

Scheduling Advantages & Betting NBA Point Spreads

That leads right into looking at scheduling advantages. A team coming off a game the night before may be fatigued against a team that had the previous night or two off. 

There are teams that will play eight games in 12 nights. That can be a huge burden especially if any of those games go to overtime. That is another thing to look for - teams playing the night after an overtime game. Not only are they playing on back-to-back nights, but they also played more minutes than usual.

All of these can influence a decision when betting NBA point spreads.

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