About Our Opening NBA Basketball Odds
On this page you will find the odds from several of the top betting sites in the industry. We’ve provided these for you to compare the odds at these books to find which ones will give you the best option on a given game.
In addition to the basics of each matchup (time, rotation number, teams, and odds), we’ve also provided a couple of additional tools to help you with your betting. The opener column above simply shows the first line posted for this game. This is to show how the odds to the right have changed since they were first posted.
We also give you the % column, which is the betting percentage on each team against the spread. This number represents the percentage of total bets one each team. The other number we provide is the SC Odds, which is simply the average odds based on all of the sportsbooks provided.
We post these figures so that you can compare that number to the number you are able to get and make sure you aren’t short-changing yourself by betting a bad number.
Finally, our picks column shows you how many premium packages are available on that specific game. You can click on the link to view the available expert picks for the matchup.
So what are the different types of lines available?
The most common method for gambling on NBA games is with the point spread. This is the number set by the oddsmakers to even out the betting on both sides of the game. A positive (+) number means that team is the underdog while a negative (-) number means a team is a favorite.
Let’s use an example of Los Angeles +7 vs. Chicago -7. This means Chicago is favored by seven points and has to win by eight or more for their backers to win their bets. Los Angeles can not only win the game, but lose by less than seven for their tickets to cash. If the number lands on seven, the game is a push.
Typically you will pay 10 cents in juice for every dollar bet. This means if you like Los Angeles you will have to bet $11 to win $10.
Money lines are used for taking the straight up winner of the game. Instead of a point spread, the oddsmakers shift the odds so that you have to risk more money for less of a return on the favorite. The heavier the favorite, the more you have to risk.
In this example Los Angeles is +250 and Chicago is -300. Once again the negative number means the favorite and the positive number means the underdog. In this case, a $100 bet on Los Angeles could win you $250 if LA wins outright. You would have to wager $300 to win $100 on Chicago.
Totals or Over Unders
This is the estimate for how many points both teams will score combined in the game. It does include overtimes too. Common NBA totals range from 190 to 210. If the total is 203.5 you can bet the game goes over or under that number.
If you take the under 203.5 and the score is Los Angeles 100, Chicago 95 then you win! These are a great wager when you think teams are going to play at a really fast or slow pace, or if for some reason you think one team matches up well with the other offensively or defensively.
Using These NBA Lines to Your Advantage
Probably the easiest tool you can use to increase your chance of winning money this season is to compare betting lines at multiple sportsbooks and always make sure you are taking the best available number.
It may not seem like a half point or point would really make that much of a difference in NBA games, however, if you bet over the course of a season, you will soon see that a point or half point in your favor is unequivocally going to result in several more wins and ultimately a lot more money in your pocket.
This tool is just another way Free NBA Basketball Picks is here to help you win this season.