Basketball Betting Tips – how to bet on basketball

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Basketball is a popular betting sport in the UK, across Europe and the rest of the world, with the bookmakers providing an increasing number of betting markets on the NBA, Euroleague and several others.

Why bet on basketball?
If you’re a basketball fan, then placing a bet on the action can lend some added excitement to proceedings, especially if you’re planning on watching the game. You might also check out the latest odds and decide that the bookies have made a mistake with their prices and you can make a profit from taking a particular price or two.

Betting on basketball has never been so popular

What types of basketball bets can I place?
Outright betting is available which is also known as Futures betting and this is where a bookmaker provides an antepost market and you can back the winner of a certain tournament, eg the NBA season. Many customers like to back a team on this market to provide them with an interest for the whole season.

You can bet on Team A or Team B to win a particular match although basketball is a sport where Handicap Betting is popular due to the fact that one team are often heavy favourites to win. However, the handicap levels the playing field for betting purposes so you can choose to back Team A with a -20 point handicap or Team B with a +20 handicap depending on your view. This market is also known as the Spread.

Totals is another popular basketball betting market, with customers able to back how many points will be scored in the match overall. The beauty of this market is that you don’t need to predict which team will win or whether a side will triumph by a particular margin. Instead, it’s all about the total points scored.

The Money Line is the term used to describe the Team A v Team B market, while a bookmaker such as bet365 will also create additional Points Spread markets so you can effectively choose your own handicap and accompanying odds.

Accumulator or parlay betting is popular when it comes to the sport of basketball, with customers selecting several teams in their multiple bet which boosts the odds for every additional selection added in.

How to watch basketball live streamed for free
The NBA has recently started to be streamed by some of the top bookmakers, while several other leagues can be enjoyed when you open a bookmaker account and make a deposit. 

This will give you access to live coverage of a range of basketball matches and there will always be In-Play odds to accompany the action so you can place bets while you are watching the match.

Enjoy bonuses and live streaming on basketball.

What basketball bonuses can I enjoy?
Several bookmakers will add extra winnings to successful accumulator bets and bet365 are a firm who have a 50% Parlay Bonus available, allowing you to enjoy a winnings boost when it comes to acca bets.

The offer applies to basketball markets such as Spread, Game Totals, 1st and 2nd Half Point Spread, 1st and 2nd Half Totals and Money Lines, with selections eligible for the bonus whatever the odds.

All you have to do is place a pre-game parlay of 2 or more selections at any price combining teams in the NBA or NCAAB and if successful, bet365 will add a 5% bonus to a winning double all the way up to a 50% bonus if you place a winning 12-fold or upwards.

There is a similar offer available when it comes to Euro Basketball, with this promotion applying to leagues such as Euroleague, Eurocup, Spain's Liga ACB, Italy's Lega 1 and the German Bundesliga. It provides customers with a chance to earn up to 50% on men’s European basketball accumulators.

Can I get free bets on basketball?
Most bookmakers worth their salt will have a welcome bonus when you open an account so you can enjoy a free bet on the basketball match of your choice. There is often a requirement to bet at particular odds although this is a great way of trying out the markets and working out the best way to make a profit.
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