If you’re a sports bettor—a casual gambler, religious wagerer or otherwise—and you’re not betting on the NBA, well, then you’re doing life wrong. Okay, fine. Maybe not life in general. But definitely sports betting. The NBA and the NFL are the two best North American sports on which to bet. That’s just a fact. The NBA especially is in its golden age. And not just because the Golden State Warriors are dominating the landscape (see what we did there?).
There are a ton of superstars in the NBA right now, from Stephen Curry and LeBron James, to Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, to Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook, to Paul George and James Harden, to—well, you get the point.
And aside from those high-profile names, you have a ton of polarizing teams. There is the Warriors, the continued regular season dominance of the San Antonio Spurs, the star stuffed Oklahoma City Thunder, the LeBron led Cleveland Cavaliers and the Big Three housing Los Angeles Clippers.
Intriguing still, there are a number of up and coming squads that could play spoiler or surprise contender in the years to come. Think along the lines of the Portland Trail Blazers, Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Minnesota Timberwolves.
There is so much to bet on in the NBA right, it’s that sample. Offseason futures, the regular season, the playoffs, the NBA Finals—it’s all such delight. And so long as you pay attention to the league’s daily happenings, from the wins and losses to player injuries and offseason transactions, you’ll have an excellent foundation of knowledge around which you can craft winning bets just about all year long.
NBA Betting Lines Today
Take a look at the NBA’s dailly betting lines. This resource has everything you need to get off and gambling at the sportsbooks: moneylines, spreads, overs and unders.
Sicne there isn’t typically a lot of time in between games during the NBA’s regular season—or the playoffs, for that matter—the lines won’t move much, if at all, leading up to tip off. The earlier you can bet, the better; the odds are always best right out of the gate.
But if you need to take your time because you’re monitoring injury or just can’t make a decision, fear not. The numbers won’t completely change on you.
Just make sure to check this page until you place your gamble as a precautionary measure. Most importantly, make sure you’re actually aware of start times, which you can also see here, so that you don’t miss a potential opportunity to lay down a winner!
NBA Standings Right Now
Below is where you’ll find the NBA’s most current standings. Seeing where every team sits relative to the rest of its conference, as well as the rest of the league, is an invaluable too.
You won’t regret studying this page frequently.
These standings are, admittedly, only so useful on individual game scales. Records can help you spot disparities in talent, so you that will aid in your moneyline betting. But spreads and overs or unders shouldn’t be explored based on standings alone.
Further research into team play styles (offensive or defensive specialist?), player matchups, injuries, etc. is needed to take that route.
This glance at the standings is most useful, though, when betting futures. You should still do other research, of course; there is never just one piece of information you should use to cultivate a bet. But this does a lot of the work for you.
If you see that, say, that the Warriors are running away with the Western Conference or posting the best record in the NBA, you’ll know to use them as strong Conference Finals and NBA Finals plays.
And then, if you notice that a team like the Brooklyn Nets is stuck in the doldrums, you’ll know to avoid their futures, be they divisional or on a more macro level, like you’ve never avoided anything else in your entire life.
|EC - Atlantic Division|
|4||New York Knicks||22||11||11||2295||2284||0.500|
|EC - Central Division|
|EC - Southeast Division|
|WC - Northwest Division|
|5||Oklahoma City Thunder||22||10||12||2247||2179||0.455|
|WC - Pacific Division|
|1||Golden State Warriors||24||18||6||2837||2564||0.750|
|WC - Southwest Division|
|2||San Antonio Spurs||23||15||8||2319||2235||0.652|
|3||New Orleans Pelicans||23||12||11||2498||2517||0.522|
How To Win At NBA Betting
Futures NBA betting is pretty straightfoward. Over the offseason, you’ll want to invest in the known commodities—the established conference and championship contenders, like the Warriors and Cavaliers, provided they aren’t suffering from an inordinate amount of turnover.
Championship and Western Conference futures, though, should be limited to a select few squads until futher notice. The Warrios are still poised the dominate the league over the long haul, and there’s no use in throwing money on super long shots, like the Memphis Grizzlies, just because the odds are good.
The gap between the Warriors and everyone else is that huge. You must roll with teams that have a chance at erasing it.
Every team outside Oakland, to that end, poses a risk. That’s how unbelievable the Warriors remain. There isn’t a clear team in the league right now—not Cleveland, not San Antonio, not Oklahoma City—that looks like it can best them over the course of a seven game set.
Investing in the Warriors is naturally always a good play. The returns won’t be substantial unless you bet a ton, but they are the surest thing the NBA has right now.
Beyond them, keep Western Conference futures to Oklahoma City and San Antonio. And maybe the Clippers. Wait to see what they do with their Big Three of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan before making any rash decisions.
For the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers are still king. And while they might face some intra-conference challenges, they are the only—read: only—Eastern Conference team that can even remotely stack up with the Warriors. Thank LeBron James.
Still, keep your eyes on the Boston Celtics, the Toronto Raptors and, as always, the Miami Heat. When healthy, they can give the Cavaliers trouble—especially the Celitcs. Consider taking flyers on their Eastern Conference futures, but only in small doses, because of how good the Cavaliers still are.
Finally, when making these futures bets, also make sure you’re taking into account offseason transactions, more specifically the draft and free agency. Rosters change a lot over the offseason, and you’ll need to have the most accurate information so that you concoct your futures bets accordingly.