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Betting Explained: NBA Odds, Predictions, and Lines

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

Betting Explained: NBA Odds, Predictions, and Lines

If you are updated in today's NBA news, you already know that the NBA is back and will restart the current season it had before the coronavirus pandemic took over. The restart is planned to happen on July 31, with 22 teams playing in Orlando’s Disney Stadium. This year will feature an 8-game season, with the game series for the no.8 seed that will eventually lead to the playoffs.

However, if you are planning to get started in betting in the new NBA season, you better learn the current NBA betting odds and all the basics you need to know to make sure you are not at a disadvantage. But before that, let's see some predictions in the upcoming season of the NBA.

Potential No.8 Seed in the West

The Pelican's Zion Williamson was the season's favorite before the coronavirus lockdown happened. It is not far-fetched to think that the team will still dominate the court once the season restarts. However, New Orleans, Memphis, and Portland will be fighting a close race for the 8th seed when New Orleans fails to restart their momentum.

The Blazers are currently in the no.8 spot in the west and are 3.5 games behind the Grizzlies. This may be a bad spot for the Blazers, but they can take advantage of a couple of things to help their standing. Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins will be returning, and the NBA predictions see that they are likely to get the 8th seed.

NBA Percentages:

  • Portland Trail Blazers: 35.3%

  • Memphis Grizzlies: 32.4%

  • New Orleans Pelicans: 29.4%

  • San Antonio Spurs: 2.9%

With these predictions, you can adjust your bets accordingly to have more chances of winning bets.

How to Read NBA Odds

This might sound complex, especially to beginners, but you'll come to understand it once you learn and get used to it. Let's look at the Money Line. The money line is a betting line where you will predict the team that you think will win the game.

Let's take two teams for an example:

Miami Heat: -260

Charlotte Bobcats: +220

The bettors' favorite here is the Miami Heat. For a bettor to win $100, he will need to bet $260. If you want to pick the latter, which will give you a bigger payout, you will need to bet $100 to win $220. Yes, it's that easy, at least, for the money line. Once you get the basic gist of it, you won't be having a hard time with the other betting lines.

NBA Betting Lines

In the old days, betting is simple and straightforward. Sports betting used to be about guessing who will most likely win the game. However, over the years, betting has been more complex and more involved in the little caveats the game has. The following are the different betting lines you can bet on and use to your advantage to add to your overall winnings.

NBA Money Line

The money line is the most simple betting line there is. This betting line allows you to predict which team will win the game. The bookies will be analyzing both of the team's strengths and weaknesses, roster, injuries, etc. before assigning odds to both of the teams.

NBA Spread Bet

One of the more common and crowded betting lines is the spread bet. A spread bet is made to level the playing field of both teams. When bookies predict who will win the match, one of the teams will always be at a disadvantage. This means that the other team will more likely win the game.

With spread betting, it equalizes the bet by allowing bettors to predict how many points a team is expected to win or lose by at the end of the game. If the bookies don't offer spread betting, the bettors will bet directly on the winning team, making the bookies lose money.

NBA Prop Bets

NBA prop bets are fun because they are niche wagers that don't relate to the game's outcome. They are easy to understand and more fun, but the payout isn't that big, depending on the bet.

With NBA prop bets, you can bet on little things such as the team who will get the first possession of the ball or how many points a team will score in the first half of the total rebound a player will have by the end of the game. Prop bets are more common during the playoffs, which will last and ramp up towards the finals.


The season restart will be happening soon, and if you want to bet on it, now is the perfect time to study up and do your research to give yourself a chance to make it big. After researching, all you have to do is to find the perfect betting site to bet on, and you're all set. With the proper knowledge and a little bit of luck, you will be taking money in no time.

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