Understanding Basketball Betting
Basketball is a hugely popular sport in many parts of the world. In the UK, it doesn’t have the same level of exposure that the NBA in the United States enjoys, but is gaining fans all the time. Fortunately, those looking to bet on basketball games can easily gamble on NBA games, as well as their UK equivalents, either in bookies or, increasingly, online.
Types of Bets
There are several types of bets you can place on a basketball match.
Winner. Simply bet on which team you think will win the game. However, be aware that some games will come with a points spread or handicap. This is a theoretical lead that the bookmakers give the underdogs that the favourites must overhaul for the bet to be won.
Handicap. You can also bet on whether the handicap the bookmakers placed was correct. If, say, a bookie gives one team a 10-point spread, you can bet that they only win by five points, meaning you bet under the handicap.
Totals. You can also bet on the total number of points that the teams will score between them. Bookies will often post a total and gamblers can bet whether the actual result will be above or below that threshold.
Some online betting sites may also offer in-game odds. This is a relatively new type of gambling, pioneered by betting websites, where odds for certain events happening in the game, change depending on what has previously happened. For instance, you might get in-game odds on a certain player being the next two score a three-point basket, which will be affected by their scoring frequency in the game. Or you might be offered different odds on a team winning at half time than were available before the start of the match. In-game betting can be very exciting, but you need to make sure you have stable internet connection so your service doesn’t drop out at a crucial; moment. Luckily, reliable web hosting is very affordable these days. Shop around for the best deal and never miss a shot.
The fast pace of basketball matches makes for a thrilling spectator sport, and can provide some quality betting action as well.