NBA Spread Betting

NBA BettingThe NBA is a league where the best teams are much stronger than the weak ones and this is why NBA spread betting is more popular than money line betting.  With NBA money line betting a wager on the favourites will payout very little and a wager on the underdog will almost never win.  With spread betting NBA bettors can almost double their money betting on either the favourites or the underdogs.  NBA spread betting is very easy to understand and this page will explain it to you in detail.

For spread betting the oddsmakers set a number of points in which one team is favoured by.  NBA bettors then have two options.  They can choose to wager on the favoured team winning by more than the set number of points (aka covering the spread) or the underdog either winning or losing by fewer points than the spread (aka beating the spread).  For example, if the spread is set at 5.5 points then the favourite must win by 6 or more for a spread bet on the favourite to payout, while the underdog must either win straight up or lose by 5 or fewer points for a spread bet on the underdog to payout.

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NBA Spread Betting Example

Houston Rockets -6.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers +6.5 (-110)

In this game the (-) sign beside the spread amount indicates that the Rockets are the favourite.  A bet on the favourite would win if the Rockets win the game by more than 6.5 points (7 or more).  The (+) sign indicates that the Lakers are underdogs by 6.5 points.  Los Angeles must either win the game outright or lose by fewer than 6.5 points (6 or less) for a wager on the Lakers to payout.

Other NBA Spread Betting Information

In the NBA the spreads still have betting odds attached to them.  The most common odds associated with each side of the spread will be -110, which means a $110 wager would win $100.  In some cases the odds associated with the spreads may differ.  For example, the Rockets to win by more than 6.5 could have +100 odds attached, while the Lakers odds to beat a 6.5 spread could be -120.

The spread amounts can either be half numbers (6.5) or whole numbers (7.0).  When the spread amounts are whole numbers there is always the possibility that the favourite will win by the exact spread amount.  If this occurs any spread bets on that game are pushed.  This means the bets are refunded with no winnings awarded.