The NBA, March Madness and some Olympic basketball games have become regular scenarios for betting fans; however, most of them don’t look at the regular season of these tournaments, and when they want to bet on basketball, they do it the bad way. Here are some pointers.
First thing you have to do is to realize what you are betting, whether is the point spread, the game total, or just the moneyline.
If you look for the point spread consider the shooter on both teams, and how a game could go in the last minutes of the match, which is where the game could cover or not the spread. Teams get into rallies in basketball all the time, and unless you are way better than your rival, if you gain a 15 point advantage early in the contest, the other team will probably cut that difference in half and the points they need to cover might be in danger.
The game total is a little easier to bet on because you just need to take in consideration how teams attack and how defends. The total is the predicted combined score of the two teams playing.
You need to realize the game total will go down as the pace of the game is played. Teams that love fastbreaks usually go over the game total; teams with a half court offense, usually go under.
The moneyline, on the other hand, is just choosing what team might win the match. The bet is easier, but the juice is smaller.