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Betting 101

1. Point Spread
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
2. Favorites vs. Underdogs
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
3. Over/Under
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
4. Moneyline Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
5. Public Bet % vs Money %
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
6. Open vs. Current Odds
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
7. What is a Parlay?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
8. What is a Teaser?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.
9. What is a Unit?
The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Point Spread

The number of points a team is expected to win or lose by. If the Patriots are 7.5-point favorites and you bet on them, NE needs to win by 8 or more for you to win.

Where can I bet on the NBA?

If you’re in a U.S. state with legal, online sports betting, there are a variety of options to bet:

  • DraftKings offers a vast amount of player props. Proposition wagers let bettors speculate on the outcome of individual player stats -- like points, rebounds and assists -- rather than a full team or game.
  • PointsBet is a unique book that offers a type of betting called “pointsbetting,” which lets you bet, for example, how much a team will cover by. You’ll get better payouts on blowouts.
  • FanDuel typically offers good odds on futures bets, including odds to win the NBA title, odds to win the MVP and more.

Make sure to check out our sportsbook review pages for more information on which books are legal in your state, which might be best for you as a bettor, the best promotions and deposit bonuses to take advantage of and more.

How can I win betting on the NBA?

Like the NFL, the NBA is a huge, efficient market, which can make it tough for a casual bettor. The biggest factor is NBA injury news, which will be announced before a slate and change the betting odds on the spread, moneyline and total in a big way.

Using our tools, news feeds and betting data, we’ll equip you to be able to handle all of the idiosyncrasies of NBA betting and help point you to the best bets each day.

What is a point spread in NBA Odds betting?

When you bet on a point spread, you are betting on the margin of victory on a game. For example, if the Los Angeles Lakers are favored by three points over the Boston Celtics -- displayed as -3 at a sportsbook -- you are betting they will win by more than 3 points.

If the Celtics, who will have a positive spread number at +3 in this example, either win the game or lose by 1 or 2 points, they will “cover” and win the bet. If the game finishes with the Lakers winning by exactly 3 points, it’s a “push” and both Lakers and Celtics bettors are refunded their money.

What is a total bet in an NBA game?

When you bet on the total, or over/under, you’re betting on the number of total points in the game.

For example, if a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks has a total of 222 points, you can bet either the over or under. If you bet the over, you’d need the two teams to combine for 223 points to win. If they score 221 or fewer, you would lose, and if the game finishes at 222 points exactly, you “push” and are refunded your bet.

How do Moneylines work in NBA odds?

When you bet a moneyline, you are simply betting on which team will win the game. The odds will be adjusted to the likelihood of that happening. For example, if the Golden State Warriors are listed as -200 moneyline favorites over the Charlotte Hornets, you would have to bet $200 to win $100 of profit. You would win that bet if the Warriors win the game, no matter by how much.