3 popular markets in basketball
A bet on which team will win.
A bet on whether one team’s score will beat or cover an assigned point handicap or margin.
A bet on whether the total number of points will fall over or under an assigned total. Also known as “Total” bets.
OTHER COMMON MARKETS AND BET TYPES
HALVES & QUARTERS
Halves & Quarters markets are simply choosing whether you think something will happen by the end of a quarter or the half of the game. It could be a Point Spread, an Over/Under that is specific to a half or quarter, or it could be a Prop Bet which team will have the highest scoring quarter. It all revolves around different periods of play within the game.
A Parlay is when you have multiple selections on one betslip, and each one of them must win for the overall Parlay to win. The more selections you have in one Parlay, the less likely it is that the Parlay will win, so the bigger the payoff if it does. You can combine different markets (e.g., Point Spreads, Over/Under, and Moneylines) from different games and sports into the same Parlay bet.
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Prop Bets or ‘props’ are a type of market for specific outcomes in a game (‘game props’) or outcomes related to a player’s performance (‘player props’). Prop Bets are sometimes made as ‘yes/no’ or ‘either/or’ decisions, and in basketball can often intersect with other betting factors like totals. Will Toronto’s total score be an odd or even number? Could Boston win by more than 20 points in a blowout? These are examples of Prop Bets.
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WATCH FOR LAST MINUTE CHANGES
Unlike other sports, basketball teams can make changes to their lineups minutes before a game starts. If Boston’s star centre comes down with a cold or gets a sudden sprain, they could be benched just before tip-off. This could make a loss more likely. Stay on top of your sports news, follow teams on social media, and know that in basketball, researching up to the last minute could bring insights.
CONSIDER THE STATS
Past performance is not a guarantee of how a team will do in the future, but there are some potentially reliable statistics that can inform who you think will win or lose. If one team has a consistently better performance in key areas like rebounding, turnovers, or 3-pointers, then it’s likely they might outperform in their next matchup. Of course, in basketball a team’s momentum can shift dramatically during a game, so use stats with caution.
SET A PERSONAL WIN LIMIT
It’s no fun to be up and then lose it all. Counter it by deciding on a win limit—the point at which you plan to walk away, even if you’re up. Some players set this at double their bankroll.
COMMON BASKETBALL BETTING MISTAKES
NOT KNOWING THE LINEUPS
Imagine this: a team is on a winning streak, but tonight their star point guard is out, so they’re more likely to underperform. If that happens, a Moneyline bet against them may have been a good bet. The only way you could have taken advantage of this scenario is by knowing the lineups leading up to that game.
You can’t know for sure how players and teams will perform. Still, you can factor historical stats and game developments into your decision-making. That said, knowledge can only go so far—it may not be as powerful (or as fun) as the random chance of the game.
MISMANAGING YOUR BANKROLL
Not establishing a bankroll and planning how much you’re going to spend could result in betting more than you’d intended, which might take the fun out of things for you.
BETTING ONLY ON FAVOURITES
Basketball season features a ton of games, and it’s hard for even the best teams to maintain wins all season. Eventually, fatigue catches up with the best of them. Keep that in mind if you’re planning on betting for the favoured team, or if you often bet on your own favourite team.
TRACKING WINS AND FORGETTING LOSSES
People have a funny habit of remembering the good and forgetting the bad. Sometimes this carries through to their betting. Keep an accurate tally of how much you’ve won and lost for a truer sense of what you’re spending over time.