Basketball might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you feel like putting a bet on but with it being such an entertaining sport to watch, it’s worth working out how basketball betting works. The sport itself is primarily beloved in America but has plenty of fans in the UK, even if they’re often overshadowed by the masses of football and horse racing punters.
Markets for betting on basketball don’t come in as high numbers as in the more primetime sports but getting to grips with what there is to offer is beneficial if you’d be interested in having a bet on it. It’s a shame to see some sports with less exposure but there is starting to be more of a spotlight on these sports. TeamFA contribute to that with their own basketball betting tips, previews, and coverage of all major matches.
Key markets in basketball betting include:
Result (with or without overtime)
First things first, being able to back the final result of the match is set out in a similar way to betting on the result of other key sports like football or rugby. The only major difference is that there is no draw option, as the game will go to additional time, or overtime as it’s known, if the match somehow finishes as a tie.
This also has an impact on betting on the match result, as you can either back either side to win in normal time or in overtime.
The option of handicap betting features heavily in basketball betting. This is mostly due to the fact that most basketball games result with a massive scoreline and even bigger margins, with one side tending to beat the other by a gigantic deficit.
Although any enhanced specials or price boosts are unlikely to feature in anyone’s basketball betting tips, they do appear on a lot of the betting sites that cover the sport. These include features like the SkyBet RequestABet, the BetVictor PriceItUp and all forms of building your own bet, with a whole range of odds available on all ranges of outcome and points scorers.
Anyone who delves into the lower end of betting site markets will be aware of the extensive options on offer. In basketball, any niche market is there for the taking, especially when it comes to predicting how the points will look at the end of any quarter including full time. You can back how many points will be in the game, be seen at the end of any quarter, won by the home side, or the away side, and any possible variation on that.
Coming as the last set of markets when betting on basketball, statistics facilitate a large part of American sports, so they take up a lot of space when betting on them. You can put money on the number of points, rebounds, assists and threes from each individual player.