Basketball originated in Canada in 1891 and has grown to become one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most recognised league in the world, with high school and college basketball (NCAA) in America also gaining tremendous interest and support.
The EuroLeague competition has grown into an important and recognised competition, with many of their top players moving to the NBA and having successful careers. The USA Basketball Men’s Senior National Team, known as the “Dream Team”, have continually dominated international competitions due an incredible array of talent at their disposal.
At Freetips.com we provide regular Basketball Tips including our Bet of the Day, Daily Double, Player Props, Basketball Accumulator Tips and Outright Tips for the leading competitions in basketball.
We cover the NBA, NCAA, EuroLeague and will also be providing Basketball Tips for international competitions such as the FIBA World Cup and the Olympic Games.
Betting On Basketball
There are hundreds of different ways to bet on a basketball match. One thing to remember is that there is no option for a draw in basketball, and if the game goes to overtime bookmakers will pay out on the final result. Here are some of the most common types of betting markets:
Money line: The easiest and most common bet to understand. In every game of basketball there are two possible outcomes, the money line is simply selecting which team you think will win the game.
Handicap: Every basketball game has a handicap or line (displayed as either + or – a value) which is useful for finding value when teams are extremely short priced favourites or huge underdogs. If you select a team with a -7.5 handicap, they need to win by 8 points or more. If you select a team with a +7.5 handicap and they lose by 7 points or less, you’re a winner.
Totals: Totals betting (also known as Over/Under) is the combined points scored in a game. You simply have to select whether the score will go over or under the total offered by the bookmaker.
Player Props: Player Prop betting focuses on one particular player and their performance in one or more categories such as points, rebounds or assists. Similar to totals betting, the bookmaker will set a line and you can select whether the player will go over or under the total.