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Basketball Betting with William Hill
Basketball has grown inexorably in popularity over the past few decades, and the NBA in particular, has a worldwide appeal, thanks mainly to the array of star studded names on the floor every week, which includes LeBron James and Steph Curry.
The relentless schedule of the NBA sees over 1000 games played over the course of a season, meaning that there are no shortage of good basketball betting opportunities across a whole spread of markets.
William Hill offers LIVE streams to customers with a registered betting account so bettors can make informed decisions during the regular season and the play-offs.
NBA basketball betting tips
In terms of basketball betting, the NBA has an abundance of competitive match markets that gives bettors plenty to get stuck into.
However, as is most often the case, bettors should analyse a team's current form before deciding what to place their money on.
If Boston Celtics, for example, had been on a wretched run on the road, then it would make a basketball bettor think twice about siding with them if they had a huge game coming up against the Toronto Raptors.
Assessing a player's stats should also be borne in mind, because they, more often than not, can prove to be the difference. Some players thrive in the latter stages of games, while some are more dominant in the opening two quarters.
The likes of Curry and Kawhi Leonard are renowned for their three-pointer prowess and can influence a game at any given time.
With the NBA season starting in October and finishing in April, teams and players' fortunes fluctuate very quickly and this can often influence basketball betting outcomes.
William Hill offers excellent betting previews for basketball on news.williamhill.com, which is a great source of information for handy basketball tips which are worth checking out too.
Although sticking to one betting strategy can be challenging, there are lucrative markets which includes period bets in games and predicting who will be ahead after the first half.
NBA basketball betting strategies
The NBA is fast paced by its very nature and the gruelling schedule can take its toll on the players.
After the conclusion of the 82-game regular season campaign, teams from the Eastern and Western Conference are ranked on their win-loss records and from there, the top eight teams from each conference qualify for the play-offs.
Sides are seeded for the first round - the conference quarter-finals - and these determine the match-ups throughout the series. Unlike the NFL, teams are never reseeded.
The two winners will then advance to the conference finals and the winner from each conference will face off in the NBA finals in June which is a best-of-seven series.
Golden State Warriors have reigned supreme in the NBA in recent years and it's been no surprise to seem them amongst the favourites in the NBA Championship betting odds.
However, there is value to be found elsewhere for bettors who fancy a more risky punt.
Once again, if you are going to be savvy when it comes to betting on the NBA, keep yourself in the know, and in particular pay attention to what is going on both on and off the court.
Mid-season and pre-season trades can dictate the odds of how successful a team may be in the Eastern or Western Conference that campaign, which in turn could influence betting decisions.
Speculation is often rife about the movements of players who become free agents at the end of the season, and can determine successful betting outcomes.
Typical NBA markets
One of the most common basketball betting markets is who the outright winner of the NBA Championship will be.
As mentioned, predicting the Western Conference and Eastern Conference winners in the regular season have attracted serious interest and there is a growing trend for bettors to place a lot of money in this market.
The betting specials such as MVP and Championship winning odds are also valued, but decent returns can be made when it comes to the winning margin.
William Hill normally offers betting tips on how many points a team may win by and this also includes overtime.
Aside from season long bets such as NBA Rookie of the Year and the regular season MVP, there are other markets worth tapping into for pro-basketball betting.
Over/under betting, for example, in which you try to guess the total number of points in a basketball match is also commonly used.
While the Minnesota Timberwolves and Oklahoma City Thunder shared 251 points in a thriller during the 2018/19 season, on average NBA matches see between 180 and 220 points scored.
As such, most over/under bets have odds centred around this amount points.
What is money line betting in basketball?
Money line betting makes up the vast majority of basketball betting and is one of the most simplest forms as you bet on the outcome of a match.
NBA games consist of four quarters and if there is nothing separating the two teams, then games go to overtime.
In contrast to point spread, the money line can often add to the risk for the bettor as some teams have more than a 50% chance of winning.
So for example, if Warriors played the Atlanta Hawks, the Warriors odds would look something like -300 while the Hawks could be +240.
Therefore, bettors would have to part with £30 to in £10, while the rewards would be much greater for those who side with the Hawks as they could place £10 to generate a return of £24.
Moneyline wagers are calculated by dividing the money line odds by 100 which in turn, will provide a decimal.
Bettors can also bet on other markets in the search for profits. This could include player/team doubles such as how many points a player might score in a match as well as whether their team will win.
Across a spread of matches in the NBA, odds provided on the first half money line can be profitable in basketball betting.
The tips on teams for winning margins in the first half of games can also be favourable and it is worth the bettor exploring in further detail.
What is handicap betting?
Handicap betting is another popular form of basketball betting.
It can work in one of two ways as either the underdog team is either given more points at the beginning of the game or the favourite has points taken from their tally.
Handicap bets can incorporate overtime into proceedings and providing the result exceeds the offer, then you win. For example if you were offered to place a bet on the Warriors to win by six points, and they came out on top a margin of seven, then the bookies would pay up.
How to become a betting expert in basketball?
With the sheer number of games as previously mentioned, it is best to stick to one conference in NBA.
So, pick a couple of teams in the Eastern or Western Conference and track their performances which in turn, should help you make a more informed decision when it comes to basketball betting.
Always do your research well in advance of matches so you can properly assess when a team is arriving in the peak condition rather than when they are hitting a blip.
Basketball betting can be profitable and if done right, you can reap the rewards.