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How to Bet on the NBA Basketball League

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The NBA Basketball League is the most supported basketball league on the planet. Other leagues include the EuroCup, Euroleague, NCAAB, Italy – Lega 1, and Germany – Bundesliga. NBA basketball games are watched by hundreds of millions of people across the globe, and South Africa is one country where you’ll find many NBA fanatics. Level-up your NBA experience by making predictions on game outcomes and winning big! This article is a complete guide to get you started with betting on the NBA basketball league.

  • How do you bet on NBA basketball?
    Anyone can bet on basketball by either visiting their nearest sports bookmaker or by betting on basketball online using platforms like

What is the NBA Basketball League?

NBA stands for the National Basketball Association (of North America), and includes 30 teams in total. 29 teams come from the United States, with 1 team added from Canada. It was founded in 1946 in New York, and is the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. Well-known NBA teams include the Chicago Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and the Golden State Warriors.

  • How much money is bet on the NBA League?
    There is no set figure for how much is bet on the NBA, but conservative estimates put total spend on sports betting in the USA alone at over $150 billion per year.

How does the NBA work? 

The NBA’s season runs from October to April, with playoffs extending into June. Each team plays 82 games in total. There are two conferences, each with four divisions. Top-seeded teams in each division make the playoffs automatically. The other eight playoff spots are decided by the 4 next highest records of non-division-winning teams in each conference. 16 teams of the 30 make the playoffs each year.

Eastern Conference

The NBA Eastern Conference is made up of 15 teams. Of these, 14 are from the USA and one is from Canada.

  1. Miami Heat
  2. Boston Celtics
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Philadelphia 76ers
  5. Toronto Raptors
  6. Chicago Bulls
  7. Brooklyn Nets
  8. Atlanta Hawks
  9. Cleveland Cavaliers
  10. Charlotte Hornets
  11. New York Knicks
  12. Washington Wizards
  13. Indiana Pacers
  14. Detroit Pistons
  15. Orlando Magic

Western Conference 

The NBA Western Conference also comprises 15 teams, where all are from the United States of America.

  1. Phoenix Suns
  2. Memphis Grizzlies
  3. Golden State Warriors
  4. Dallas Mavericks
  5. Utah Jazz
  6. Denver Nuggets
  7. Minnesota Timberwolves
  8. New Orleans Pelicans
  9. LA Clippers
  10. San Antonio Spurs
  11. Los Angeles Lakers
  12. Sacramento Kings
  13. Portland Trail Blazers
  14. Oklahoma City Thunder
  15. Houston Rockets

Play-off System 

Sixteen teams move on to the NBA playoffs each season, with eight coming from each conference. Teams play each other in the playoffs as follows: 1 vs 8, 2 vs 7, 3 vs 6, and 4 vs 5. The NBA playoffs are held after the league’s regular season and its preliminary postseason tournament. It’s a best-of-seven elimination tournament to crown the league champion.

  • Where can I bet on the NBA?
    Any NBA and basketball fanatics can start betting on the NBA at their local brick and mortar sports betting bookmaker, or using sports betting sites like

The history of the NBA Basketball League

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was founded in New York on 06 June 1946. A game between the New York Knickerbockers and Toronto Huskies in Canada on November 1st of that year is widely considered the first-ever NBA match. Boston Celtics is the most successful NBA team, having 17 titles to their name. 

  • Who are the Favourites to win the NBA League?
    Favourites to win the 2021/2022 NBA League are the Warriors, followed by Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns, and Miami Heat.

NBA league odds

Browse all the NBA league odds as they are updated on Have a look at our NBA Moneyline Odds, NBA Point Spread Odds, and NBA Over/Under (Totals) Odds. We’re taking a closer look at each below:

  • How do you bet on basketball odds?
    The odds spread in basketball betting shows the number of points a team will have to win by in order for the bet to pay out.

NBA Moneyline Odds

A quick and easy way to bet on the NBA basketball league. Follow the moneyline by simply predicting who you think will win the game. Moneyline odds are written with a – or + sign next to the number, which indicates the underdog (+) and favourite (-).

NBA Point Spread Odds 

Make things more interesting by predicting how many points a dominant or inferior team will win or lose a fixture by. These odds also use + and – signs to indicate favourites and underdogs. The numbers accompanying the signs (-2.5) indicate how many points a team will need to win or lose by for the bet to pay out.

NBA Over/Under (Totals) Odds

Here we’re looking at the odds relating to points reaching a certain number. For example, bet on the total number of points, scored by both teams in a match-up, being over or under a number set by the bookmaker. 

  • What is the best way to bet on basketball?
    Bet on basketball whenever or wherever you are on basketball betting websites like You can also bet on basketball at your nearest sports betting bookmaker.

How to bet on the NBA League

Need some advice to get you started when betting on the NBA? We’ve got six pointers that will help you place clever basketball bets on


The first step to making winning NBA basketball bets is to do your research. Brush up on the NBA rules, how the play-offs work, and which teams are playing in the current season. You’ll find a trove of basketball betting advice and analysis on our Bet Central Basketball page.

Stay on top of predictions and trends

Don’t forget to follow along with what the biggest names in the NBA betting industry are talking about. Sometimes the best betting advice can come from a prolific punter’s social media posts or sports betting podcast episode.

Keep an eye on streaks and analysis 

Following along with every NBA league game is vital when you’re trying to win big on NBA bets. Keep an eye on how well teams are performing, if any teams or players are on streaks, and what the player makeup is of the team going into each game.

Be mindful of player injuries

Didn’t watch the last NBA match? Do some research to find out if anyone was injured and might have to sit out upcoming games. Sometimes player injuries can open up opportunities for teams and for avid NBA basketball punters.

Look at the history of the teams

Historical performance data is definitely something to consult before placing bets on NBA games. Take a look at how well teams have done against their scheduled rivals the past few seasons. This might reveal how teams will perform against each other this season.

Look for Scheduling Advantages

A scheduling advantage in basketball occurs when one team has a longer rest between games than their opponents. This is a clear advantage to the better rested team, and might lead to a winning bet if you’re diligent enough to do this level of research.

How to begin betting on basketball online is a sports entertainment website, where you can make things more exciting with league and in-game predictions. Give yourself the best chance to strike it lucky on by having a look at our useful self-help NBA basketball betting resources:

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