How to Bet on NBA Basketball

From era to era, new stars are always rising to the top in the NBA to produce an exciting product for fans and bettors alike. The NBA is one of the most popular sports in the United States and it also has a strong following in the sports betting community as well.

Basic Odds and Betting Options

Lopsided skill discrepancies between the top teams in the league and the rest of the pack make point spread betting the easiest way to bet on NBA basketball.


NBA Odds: Eastern Conference Futures



NBA Odds: Western Conference Futures

The San Antonio Spurs are the offseason favorites on the odds to win the 2016 NBA Western Conference championship at the online sportsbooks, putting Tim Duncan and company ahead of the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets on those NBA betting futures.


NBA Championship: 2016 Betting Odds

LeBron James now has a signed contract for next season, and his Cleveland Cavaliers are atop the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks.

With James signing a two-year contract (with a player option for the second year) the Cavaliers remain the +275 favorites at Bovada on the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship despite the fact they came up short against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this past spring.


Clippers Odds Rebound on Jordan News

The Los Angeles Clippers' odds to win the 2016 NBA championship at the online sportsbooks dropped on the news that center DeAndre Jordan had verbally committed to signing with the Dallas Mavericks last week. They rebounded when he instead re-signed with the Clippers on Thursday.


Okafor Leads NBA Rookie of Year Odds

The Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor was just the third overall pick in this year's NBA Draft, but the former Duke center sits as the favorite at the online sportsbooks to win the 2015/16 NBA Rookie of the Year award.

At Bovada Okafor is set as the 15/4 favorite on the odds to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award in the upcoming season, with point guard D'Angelo Russell second at 4/1 odds on that list. Russell was taken second overall in the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.


NBA Draft Props: Towns Atop Odds List

The Minnesota Timberwolves won the lottery and will have the top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, and the online sportsbooks have Kentucky freshman center Karl-Anthony Towns as the big favorite to be selected first overall.

At Bovada the NBA Draft props have Towns set as the -750 favorite on the odds to be the first overall pick on Thursday night, with Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor at +300, and Any Other Player at +1000.


NBA Props: Will Cavs Fire David Blatt?

After losing in the NBA Finals in six games this spring will the Cleveland Cavaliers make a coaching change for next season? The oddsmakers at online sportsbook Bovada have David Blatt favored to keep his job for the 2015/16 campaign.


Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Odds Tilt

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Cavaliers of Cleveland hit the hard court against the Warriors of Golden State.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 50-52 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden State Warriors are 58-44-1 ATS. Cleveland is 41-59-2 against the points scored total betting line, while Golden State is 44-57-2 versus the line.

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2016 NBA Title Odds Hit Sportsbooks

Despite closing out the NBA Finals on Tuesday night the Golden State Warriors have been opened by online sportsbook Bovada as just the second favorites on the odds to win the championship once again in the 2015/16 season.

The Warriors topped the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night to take that series 4-2, but that didn't impress the oddsmakers quite enough as they opened Stephen Curry and company as the 5/1 second favorites on the odds to win the 2016 NBA championship.



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