The NBA is the highest level of basketball in the world and players from many countries come to the United States to play in the NBA. The only team in the NBA that isn't in the United States is the Toronto Raptors. Thousands of people bet on the NBA every season and with each team playing 82 regular season games there are plenty of betting opportunities. To begin betting on the NBA the only thing you need to be able to do is read NBA betting odds.
Los Angeles Lakers -170 vs. Memphis Grizzlies +150
When you bet on the moneyline in the NBA you're typically going to have to risk a lot of juice on the favourite, unless of course the two teams playing are evenly matched up. If you wanted to win $10 betting on the Lakers you would need to risk $17 whereas if you bet on the underdog Memphis team you could wager $10 to win $15. Moneyline bets are good when you don't think the team you're going to bet on is going to cover the spread.
» NBA Point Spread Odds
Los Angeles Lakers -7 -110 vs. Memphis Grizzlies +7 -110
Point spreads are set by the sportsbook to even out the odds on the match-up. Betting on the moneyline with favourites over -150 isn't going to be profitable for most people since you would need to hit an insane amount of your bets. When you bet on the point spread you only pay minimal juice and in some cases you won't pay any juice. In the example above the Lakers need to win the game by 8 points or more in order for them to win the bet.
You can also bet on other types of bets in the NBA including over/under bets, prop bets, futures bets, parlays and teasers. Make sure you shop around for the best NBA betting odds when you're wagering on the point spread. A 1-2 point difference on a point spread wager could be the difference between winning and losing your bet.