NBA Live Betting Picks

The National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed in the United States in 1949 and is arguably one of the most popular sporting leagues in the USA. Basketball was being played in America prior to the formation of the NBA, but in the year 1949, a decision was made to merge two rival organizations in the form of the National Basketball League (founded 1937) and the Basketball Association of America (founded 1946) to form the NBA. The National Basketball Association (NBA) has grown from strength to strength ever since its inception and it is the best league in Basketball and one of the best leagues across all sporting disciplines.
The NBA’s regular season runs from October to April, with each team playing a total of 82 games whereby 41 are home games and other 41 are away games, below is an explanation of how the matches add up to 82;
Each team faces opponents in its own division four times a year (16 games)
Each team plays six of the teams from the other two divisions in its conference four times (24 games)
Each team plays the remaining four teams three times (12 games).
Each team plays all the teams in the other conference twice apiece (30 games).
After the end of the regular season, the top 8 teams in each conference will proceed to the playoffs at the beginning of April and this means that a total of 16 teams qualify for the Playoffs. These teams are ranked 1–8 in each conference according to their regular season, 82-game schedule, overall record of wins and losses. When the playoffs start the first round series are played best of 7 games, with the current format being 2–2–1–1–1. The top 2 teams from each conference will participate in the semi finals for a place in the NBA Finals, the final which will be played to decide the NBA winner. Due to the popularity of the league, the NBA is very popular among punters and it receives adequate attention from the bookmakers because many people bet on the NBA. Below is an explanation of some of the most popular live NBA betting markets:

Money line

Moneyline is probably the most popular NBA betting market because it is quite simple and straightforward. When betting on Money Line, you are betting on one of the teams to win. The odds for the Money line bets vary depending on the teams which are playing as the favorites get lower odds whilst the underdogs get the bigger odds so Money line bets can be extremely profitable when betting on the underdog because the underdogs have very high odds.
Lakers +170
Celtics -250
If you back the Celtics you’d have to wager $250 to make a profit of $100. If you are backing the Lakers , a $100 bet would make a profit of $170. As you can see, the odds are much worse on the Heat here without the spread, but much better on the Lakers.

2nd half money line

The Money line explanation given above is the same for 2nd Half Money Line, the major difference here is that the 2nd Half Money line reflects the points scored in the second half only, not the final score.
Money line is a betting market whereby you are betting on one of the teams to win the second half. You must note that second half bets are mostly influenced by the first half performance in in-play betting, which means that the team which wins the first half will likely be treated as the favorites to win the second half as well.
Lakers +170
Celtics -250
If you back the Celtics you’d have to wager $250 to make a profit of $100. If you are backing the Lakers , a $100 bet would make a profit of $170. As you can see, the odds are much worse on the Heat here without the spread, but much better on the Lakers.

NBA Totals full game

The NBA totals market is very popular because you do not have to bet on who to win, but you will be betting on whether the overall total amount of points in the game by both teams combined is under or over a given line.
Over 135.5 -110
Under 135.5 -110
The line you will betting on in this case is 198.5 and you are supposed to bet on whether the match will end with over or under 135.5. In both these cases, if you were to bet $110 you would win $100 if you are correct.

NBA totals second half

The NBA totals second half involves betting on whether the overall total amount of points in the second half by both teams combined is under or over a given line. The Half Time result can help you significantly when betting.

Over 135.5 -110

Under 135.5 -110
The line you will betting on in this case is 198.5 and you are supposed to bet on whether the second half will end with over or under 135.5. In both these cases, if you were to bet $110 you would win $100 if you are correct.
3rd quarter money line
These bets are placed on the team to win the third quarter outright. The bets will be settled at the outright price, and your bet options include home, away, and draw. Please note that if a draw ensues, you will have your stakes refunded.

Winning margin

Winning margin betting involves wagering on the number of points that a team will be winning by at the conclusion of the match. With winning margin betting you wager, you must correctly select the winning team as well as the winning margin. Below are some examples for winning margins;
Margin Odds
Lakers 1 – 6 points 15/4
Lakers 7 – 12 points 9/1
Celtic 1 – 6 points 12/4
Celtics 7 -12 points 6/1
NBA Point Spread Bets
The point spread is an NBA market where the bookmakers will try to ensure that each team has a 50/50 chance of winning, and they do this by taking what they consider the right amount of points from the favored team. Here is an example:
Lakers +8.5 -110
Celtics -8.5 -110
In this case Celtics is 8.5 points better here so if you back Celtics, your bet will win only if they win by nine points or more. On the other hand, If you back the Lakers, your bet will win if either the Lakers win, or if they lose by eight points or less. In both these cases, the odds of -110 mean that a wager of $110 will see a profit of $100 if your bet wins.

Will the final score be odd or even?

This is probably the NBA market which is easy to understand, you simply must bet on whether the final points in a match will be odd or even, it doesn’t matter who wins or lose.
Lakers 106
Celtics 93
You will win if your bet is Odd.
Race to 10 points/15 points (first half and second half)
This is an exciting bet where you are betting on the team that reaches either 10 or 15 points in the game in both the first and second half. Please note that both halves are looked at differently and you must make sure that your prediction for both first and second half have to come true for you to win.

Live betting is a rather new phenomenon on the sports betting front. This form of betting entails placing bets on the outcome of a match once the match has commenced. Today, punters at various US sportsbooks online can place live bets on a wide variety of sporting disciplines including basketball. Live betting when it comes to basketball has actually gained much traction as it allows punters to place bets after they have seen the flow of the game. Bearing this in mind, today, we are going to highlight some of the most popular NBA Live betting markets.

Totals

The most common live betting market for the NBA is the Totals market. This market is pretty straightforward. What punters have to do here is to predict if the two teams will score points over a certain threshold or if their combined total points will be below a certain threshold. Suppose the total point’s line is set at 212.5 points, the punter will scoop a payout if the total points by the two teams playing exceed 213 points.

Quarter and Halftime Bets

As the game wears on, punters can get a feeling that one of the teams will edge the other in the current quarter or half. When this is the case, punters will simply need to choose the quarter or halftime betting market. What these markets simply entail is choosing the team that will score the most points in a particular quarter or half. If the selected team ends up being the highest point’s scorer at the end of the aforementioned quarter or half, then the punter will scoop a payout.

Propositions

Most sportsbooks do offer NBA props when it comes to NBA live bets. Props however may differ from sportsbook to sportsbook. This in turn means that punters will need to check with different sportsbooks the type of props that they offer during live games. Be that as it may, there are however, some props which seem to be highly popular across different sportsbooks. These include the team to score next and the team to score the first 10 points. With the former, punters will simply need to place a bet on the team that they think will score the next points. This does not matter how many points are scored but just the fact that the selected team will be able to score or not. With the latter, punters will predict the team that they think will score the first 10 points. This prop may be placed soon after a match commences. However, it’s possible also to place such a prop bet even in the middle of a match by just choosing the team to score the next 10 points.

Moneyline

Moneyline bets are the simplest of all betting markets and they also happen to be highly popular even with live bettors. With the moneyline bet, all that punters have to do is to pick the team that they think will come out victorious at the end of the match. Here, it does not matter how many points the team garners but for as long as the team scores points that are above the opponent and wins, the moneyline bet will have won.

Spread

Closely tied up with the moneyline bet is the spread. Sportsbooks do recognize in some instances that the teams coming head to head feature one clearly superior team (favourite) and an inferior team (underdog). In order to even the playing field between the favourite and the underdog, the sportsbook will offer the spread market. This market will see the favourite being given an artificial number of points that it has to surpass in defeating the underdog for it to return a payout to the punter. Essentially, this means winning alone is not enough; the favourite has to win by a predetermined margin for it to return payouts to the punters. This can also be done in reverse meaning the underdog has to avoid losing by a select margin for it to return payouts to the punters.