If you’ve been searching for ways to ‘mix things up’ on your bet slips, now is the time to make your move.
It’s that time of the year during which there are more than enough sports to choose from. And with the new NBA season kicking off in America, bettors are spoilt for choice.
However, your knowledge of the sport may hinder you from making some extra cash from the game of ‘two halves and four quarters.’ If you’re going to make any money from betting on basketball this season, you need to have a basic knowledge of how it works, especially the betting terms.
With a new season underway already, let’s talk a look at five betting markets you should know more about to win more of your basketball bets.
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Reigning NBA champions, Toronto Raptors, started their season with a win that only came after overtime (also known as OT). In the world of football, it’s referred to as extra-time.
For those who have been wondering, it is possible that an NBA game ends in a tie, after the four quarters. Unlike football games, games in NBA have to produce a winner. Just like Toronto Raptors this week, some teams will have to win their games during overtime.
Total Match Points (Over/Under)
Every event must finish with a score-line that features the amount of goals/points scored. NBA games are not exempted, giving you a chance to make money by predicting the range of points that will be scored.
This market features select points total which you can bet for or against.
1st Half Winner
This is self-explanatory. However, with NBA games featuring four quarters, it’s easy to mix things up when trying to bet in this market. Here’s an explanation to help you avoid confusion:
The first two quarters of an NBA game is also the first half of the game. So, by betting on the ‘1st Half Winner’s you’re predicting the winner of the game by the time it is half-way through – which is after two quarters.
This is different from the European Handicap and the Asian Handicap.
However, it still works basically the way handicap markets operate. In this market, you can give a team an advantage even before the game begins. You can also put a team at a disadvantage before betting.
Odd/Even Total Points
Basketball games usually feature scores that enter triple-digit figures. Instead of predicting how many points will be scored in a game, you can predict whether the points total of a specific team will be an odd number or even number.
The regular season will span from now till the early days of next year. You have plenty time to understand these basketball markets, place your bets and start earning extra cash.