Sports betting is now legal in Tennessee, and while the state finishes setting up the regulations, you should take advantage of the time to learn about successfully betting on your favorite games and leagues. NBA betting offers a lot of options, like most sports, but it is also more popular than other types of sports gambling because games are often lopsided, points scores are higher, and NBA odds aren’t as short-lived in this longest-running professional sports season.
Once things are up and running, you’ll be able to find online sportsbooks and place your own bets on NBA games. Although there might be some specific regulations for Tennessee players that come into effect later, the practice of sports betting is fairly universal across the board. Get to know the ins and outs of betting on NBA games ahead of time so that when things go live, you’re ready to place your bets.
The Most Popular Betting Options
Like all sports, betting on NBA games includes specific types of bets that are available. Some are more popular than others, but it really comes down to a personal preference for most bettors. Here are the most common bets to keep in mind.
NBA over/under betting is the same as in any other sport. The lines are published before the game with a total points score. Then, players can wager based on whether they think the actual score will be over or under the projected total. This is trickier in the NBA, where points are added in 1- to 3-point increments, and games can upset quickly.
A spread is simply a score range predicted by oddsmakers prior to the game. These spreads factor in the homecourt advantage, listing the line with one team in favor based on current NBA odds and standings. Then, players will bet on the line based on the team they favor or the points spread they like better.
Spreads are a little more complicated in the NBA. This is one league where a good majority of teams have the homecourt advantage and have strong teams in place. However, it’s also notorious for players that deliver less than a full performance during the regular season. This can make betting on NBA odds harder because you can’t account for the human factor.
Larger online sportsbooks have a variety of props options for NBA betting. These “props”, or propositions, are usually statistics related to various aspects of the game. Things like total player points, assists, fouls, and other common stats are better in some cases because the odds of winning are generally higher. These bets don’t pay as much, of course, but they are easier to hit than moneyline or spread bets in a lot of games.
What about the Moneyline?
While you can bet on the moneyline in NBA sportsbooks, the league isn’t making it easy. Right now, there is a trend of creating “super teams” in the NBA, which means that the odds are stacked much higher. Where the Titans might have a moneyline of –200 on a bad game, the Grizzlies could have a moneyline of up to –1000 or more.
If you’re betting on the positive side of the moneyline, this could mean big wins. However, if you really want powerhouse teams in your winning column, you need to look at props, round robins, and teasers.
The Bottom Line
As soon as regulations are in place, many online sportsbooks are ready to go live for Tennessee sports betting. Now that you know a little more about the specifics of NBA betting, you’ll be ready, too.