Point Spread Betting on NBA Betting NBA betting is becoming more popular each year. This is known as one of the sports where a smart bettor who practiced proper money management can make some really huge profits. Once a bettor begins to study and understand NBA Odds, he or she can gain a better understanding of how the bookies set their numbers. Point spread betting is the most common bets in not just basketball, but all sports. The oddsmakers put out a "line" (aka: point spread) on the game based on the public perception of which team is better and which team is worse. The better team will be "laying" points (aka: giving points) to the other team to make up for the difference in equality. Remember, this is based on PUBLIC PERCEPTION, not how things will really play out. In fact, often times many games don't land anywhere near the point spread! That just goes to show that betting on basketball is beatable. If you can consistently create a line better than that of which the bookmaker offers, you can be a winner! It's a grind though! As an example, let's say the San Antonio Spurs are playing the Cleveland Cavaliers AT San Antonio. In 2007, the likely spread on this game would have been -7 in favor of San Antonio. This means that at the end of the game, you REMOVE 7 points from their final score. If their score still beats that of Cleveland's, your bet is a winner. If deducting the 7 points gives Cleveland a higher score, Cleveland is the point spread winner and cashes the betting ticket. If you looked at it from an underdog point of view, Cleveland would be +7. This would mean that you add seven points to their score at the end of the game. If it was to exceed the Spurs score, Cleveland would be the point spread winner. If adding the 7 still doesn't beat the Spurs score, the Spurs would be the spread winner. NBA points spread make betting on professional basketball more difficult to predict, thus adding excitement to the betting experience. However, the excitement of winning is far sweeter. Let's look at a real world example. If you were to look online or in the paper, it might look like this: (112) Boston 113) LA Lakers -8 -110 The numbers in parenthesis identify the game. They are used by the sportsbook to keep track of the event and mean nothing as far as the odds goes. As you can tell, the two teams playing are Boston and the LA Lakers. The 184o is the total that is set for the game and the -110 means you would need to risk $110 to win $100. The -8 is the point spread that the Lakers are favored by and the -110 are the odds for the point spread (risk $110 to win $100). If you bet on the Lakers and they win the game by 9 or more points, then you would win your bet. However, if they win by 7 or less (or lose), then you would lose your bet. The same goes for Boston. If you bet on Boston and they lose the game by 7 or less (or win the game out right), then you would win your bet. If they lose by 9 or more then you would lose your bet. However, if LA wins by 8, then the game is a push and all bets on both teams would be refunded. The standard odds for a point spread are -110, as shown above. This means you would risk $110 to win $100.
Although you can bet any amount, it's just that $110 to win $100 is simple to calculate. As I just said, you can bet any amount allowed by the sportsbook, but you'll still get 11/10 odds. I hope you learn many things from this article that would help you on your next NBA betting. Be prepared as early as now, because this coming NBA season seems to look very interesting. Good luck!
Published on Aug 30, 2010
NBA betting is becoming more popular each year. This is known as one of the sports where a smart bettor who practiced proper money managemen...