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NBA Momentum Swings: Handicapping Basketball Runs

If you have ever watched or played in a basketball game, you probably already know that this sport more than any other is a game of runs. Momentum can swing from one side to another within a manner of minutes, and the ability to predict when a run will happen can help bettors profit when wagering on a live NBA game in real-time.

Ride Momentum Swings in NBA Games

In the sport of basketball, the teams that maximize their runs while minimizing those of their opponents are the ones that ultimately win the game, plain and simple. When it comes to live NBA betting, the key to winning is picking up on the momentum shifts and knowing when to react accordingly and immediately.

Since in-play wagering is a growing element of the NBA betting odds landscape, predicting streaks before they happen is obviously critical so you can make money on the ride side at the right time.

There are a number of handicapping factors that need to be considered when trying to predict whether a team is going on a ‘run’ or not. Hot shooting is literally hit or miss, as sometimes it can continue for a long stretch of time when one or more players keep making baskets, while other times it can quickly come to an end with a few poor shots.

But matchups, game situations, foul trouble, strategic changes and substitutions among other things also all play key roles in determining a team’s momentum.

Defense Matters as Much as Offense

One common misconception about momentum though is that teams go on runs because they start lighting it up from the outside. That is only partially true because defense is equally important in this scenario. Of course teams have to score to go on a run, but most of time it is because they have stepped it up on the defensive end as well.

Another thing to remember is that sometimes it is smart to bet against the team with momentum unless there is an obvious reason to stay the course or stay away from fading on a live wager. Runs do not last forever, and value can be had wagering on the team that is struggling at the time.

Momentum goes both ways, and usually it is only a matter of time before the other team puts a stop to the bleeding and fights back with a run of its own. Timing is everything, and winning NBA bets is a marathon, not a sprint.