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Basketball Betting Strategies


Going into any financial interaction without a strategy is never a good idea. The same applies to basketball betting, where the goal is to get a return on your investment. You’ve got a much better chance of winning with a basketball betting strategy in place. In this article, we’re looking at how to craft a winning betting strategy, how a strategy will help you win, and a few examples of popular basketball betting strategies. 

What is a basketball betting strategy?

A basketball betting strategy is a plan that a sports bettor follows when betting on basketball. There is no one supreme strategy for basketball betting. But you can make a winning strategy by following a few tips all successful basketball bettors learn:

  1. Stay up to date
    Follow the latest basketball news as it breaks. Player injuries, transfers, weather predictions, and other factors will impact your basketball betting strategy.
  2. Pay attention to stats
    Stats give you the data to make better, more informed betting decisions. Statistics can also predict streaks and other game-impacting factors.
  3. Look at team strengths & injuries
    Where you really want to pay attention is player injuries, and how these impact team strengths. Injured players aren’t as sharp, and these weakness become strengths for the team playing them next.
  4. Look at home-ground advantage
    Anyone supporting a NBA team knows that home-ground advantage is real, and will influence a game’s outcome.
  5. Follow the basketball news
    Keep updated with what’s happening in the basketball world on BetCentral, where we share NBA talking points, daily betting tips, and other basketball news.
  6. Read predictions & match analysis
    Basketball betting experts discuss upcoming game predictions, and how to bet on them, in podcasts like the Bet Central sports betting podcast.
  7. Look at historical wins and losses
    Have a look at each team’s winning and losing histories against other teams in the league. You might find some insight that leads to a winning bet.
  8. Understand betting markets
    A basketball betting market is a type of bet you can place when betting on outcomes of a basketball game. Understand the betting markets available to you with each game.
  9. Track your bets
    Consider keeping a record of all your basketball betting activities. Analyze bets that led to wins and learn from bets that didn’t. It’s also important to track your bets for bankroll management purposes.

How will having a basketball betting strategy help me?

Going in on a basketball betting spree without strategy guiding your decision-making is a recipe for a prematurely depleted bankroll. You’ve got much better chances of striking gold on our sports betting platform with a plan behind you.

Increased odds of winning

Does a betting strategy increase the odds of winning? The answer is yes! In the case of double chance betting strategies, the probability of winning increases by 33.3%.

Improve the profitability of your bets

You can’t win every bet you place, but betting strategies can help to maximize your winning percentage and potential profits.

Decrease the losses you could incur

With a strategy helping you win more basketball bets, you’ll be losing fewer bets and limiting your losses, by only focusing on bets that you have a good chance of winning.

Examples of basketball betting strategies  

It’s clear that deploying a basketball betting strategy increases your chances of winning, but which strategy should you pursue? We’re taking a look at 10 of these below:

Arbitrage betting

Arbitrage betting involves placing bets with two different basketball betting bookmakers, offering differing odds, to guarantee a profit regardless of outcome.

Value betting

This is a strategy involving the finding of value bets, or bets where there’s a much better chance of something actually happening than the bookmaker is predicting.


Favourites betting is rarely a bad strategy to follow when betting on basketball. Betting on the favourite won’t result in big payouts, but upping the stakes with in-game markets will.

Consider smaller bets 

How much money should you be staking on each bet? Bankroll management is important to a winning basketball betting strategy, and experts suggest staking no more than 5% of yours on any one bet.

Fast-moving odds and lines 

Want to bet on the favourite? Do it as early as possible. Favourites are generally more popular with the public, so the line moves against them quickly after betting lines are opened.

Basketball handicap betting

Here uneven matchups are made more interesting by handicapping an underdog with points at the start, or taking points off the favourite team’s tally.

Highest over under basketball betting odds

Basketball teams will regularly put on more points in the third and fourth quarters than in the first two, as defenses tire late in the game. Keep this in mind when considering cashing out over/under bets at the half.

Higher maximum stake limits

A strategy for sports bettors with larger bankrolls is to seek out sports booking agents with higher stake limits on their bets. This way, punters can bet larger sums for greater yields should they win.

Fade the Public

In sports betting, fading the public means going against what the betting public are doing. You’re betting with the house, and the house is almost always statistically favoured to win.

Track the Results by Bet Type

You win some, you lose some. But if you’re keeping a record of all your basketball bets, you’ll see which markets you’re making the most profit in.

How to begin betting on basketball online 

Hi, we’re a sports entertainment website where you can make things interesting with basketball league and in-game predictions. Give yourself the best chance to strike it lucky on by having a look at our useful self-help sports betting resources:

  • Getting started guide
  • Frequently Asked Questions section
  • FAQs specific to Deposits & Withdrawals

We’ve also got dedicated staff available for live online chats if you’d prefer. We have made these resources available so you get the most from our platform.

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  3. Fill in your details & confirm your email

Then you’re ready to start browsing our basketball betting markets, filling up your virtual bet slips, and taking home gold with winning basketball predictions!

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