While there are a multitude of choices when it comes to betting any sport online, finding the right book for an extended NBA season should become a top priority. The regular season is 82 games followed by four rounds of best-of-seven playoff series all the way to this season’s championship. This represents nearly eight months of betting action from late October right through early June.
One of the biggest ways that online books try and attract new bettors is through welcome bonus offers. Most of these initial bonuses are tied to a match on the first deposit into your online betting account. Always remember, that the actual amount of the bonus is not as important as the requirements in place to actually earn it.
For example, sportsbook A may be offering a 100% match up to $1000 on your first deposit, but it also has a 20x rollover requirement to earn that bonus. A rollover is the number of times a set amount must be bet.
Book B is offering a 100% match up to $500, but its rollover requirement is only 10x. You always need to do the math on how much you actually have to bet to receive any bonus offer. You also have to closely read the terms and conditions of any offer to make sure it fits your betting strategy and style.
When it comes to finding the right book to bet the NBA, you really want to focus on their betting board. There are any number of ways to bet on a basketball game. From the basic straight bets on pointspreads and totals to live in-game betting options, you want an online sportsbook that offers diversity in its NBA betting options.
Before the regular season even gets underway, one of the best value plays on the board are all the various NBA futures. Unlike other major sports leagues such as the NFL for football or the NHL for hockey, there is a limited amount of teams that have a realistic shot at winning their conference or NBA title.
Betting longshots when it comes to NBA futures is a good way to waste your money. Over the past 10 NBA seasons, only seven different teams have won a championship. More recently, only three different teams have played in the NBA Finals over the past five seasons. Quite a bit of player movement this past offseason by some of the top names in the game should make things more interesting this season, but there are just two or three teams in each conference with a legitimate chance win it all.
What you are really looking for in an online bookie is NBA futures for things such as the OVER/UNDER on total wins, division titles, individual player futures and anything else that might be a bit more off the beaten path.
When it comes to betting the games themselves, once again diversity should remain the main point of difference. NBA game props are an excellent way to both diversify your overall betting strategy and add value to the posted odds. Betting the OVER/UNDER on a player’s total points, rebounds and assists that particular night can be a great way to hedge a straight bet on the game’s total line. The ability to mix and match the action you have on any NBA game can help improve your overall winning percentage.