With the NBA and NCAA Basketball seasons right around the corner, people are already starting to look for betting options to stack their bankrolls for the upcoming year. One of the most popular markets to bet on is the over/under on total points scored in a game. If you’re unfamiliar, an over/under bet is where you guess whether the total points scored in an NBA game will be above (over) or below (under) a certain number of points. Many sportsbooks offer a wide variety of over/under bets, so it’s important to understand what the numbers mean.
What Are The Odds Of An Above-Threshold NBA Game?
If you’ve ever gambled on the NBA, you already know how difficult it can be to predict the outcome of a games. That’s because of how unpredictable players can be, especially at the top tier of the league. Having so many intangibles (i.e. talent, effort, coaching, etc) involved in the game makes it very hard to know exactly what will happen during a single game. Some NBA experts have even called the overall outcome of a game “a crapshoot.” With that in mind, it can be difficult to determine what the odds are of an above-threshold game (i.e. >105, 110, 115, etc). The easiest way to find that out is to look at the betting odds posted online at reputable sportsbooks.
Below are the betting odds for an above-threshold NBA game:
NBA Odds For An Above-Threshold Game
As mentioned, it can be difficult to know what the odds are of an above-threshold game due to the unpredictable nature of the NBA season. That being said, it’s still very possible to have odds for specific games or events during the season. For example, the Golden State Warriors are 16/1 to win the NBA championship this year, and 4/1 to win the NBA title over the next two seasons. That means that if you back the Warriors in the 2018 NBA Finals, you’ll win $16 for every $1 you bet (with a 4% tax taken out accordingly). It also means that you’ll win $24 if you bet both the 2018 and 2019 NBA Finals. If you’re looking for a safe and easy way to make money, backing the Warriors this season is a great option as they’re one of the few teams that you know for sure will turn the table in your favor.
Another great option is the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks have a 75% chance of making the playoffs this year, and a 40% chance of making the postseason in 2019. If you’re looking to make some money off the season, backing the Bucks is a no-brainer as they’re one of the more popular teams to bet on. The key word there is “believe it or not,” because a lot of people think that the Bucks are pretty much a lock to go to the playoffs every year. That’s not the case though as they’ve missed the playoffs four times since the inception of the NBA in 1926.
As for the other NBA teams, things aren’t as easy to predict. If you’re looking to make a quick buck off one of the other 29 teams, it might be a difficult task to succeed. Still, it’s possible to make some money if you try hard enough. Some of the more popular teams to bet on include the New Orleans Pelicans (34% chance of making the playoffs), the San Antonio Spurs (27% chance of making the playoffs), and the Memphis Grizzlies (33% chance of making the playoffs). Keep in mind: this is just a small sample of the teams you could bet on. If you want to truly have a good guess, it’s best to look at the betting odds posted online at reputable sportsbooks.
Why Are The Chicago Bulls And Los Angeles Lakers Popular To Bet On?
The Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers are two of the most popular teams to bet on this season, mainly because people simply don’t know how the season will turn out. Last year was the first time since 2013 that the Bulls did not make the postseason, and many people are curious as to whether or not that’ll happen this year as well. The Cavaliers were also the subject of many bets last year as people wanted to know whether or not they’d be able to bring home the Larry O’Brien Trophy after becoming the first overall seed in the NBA playoffs. While there are still a few weeks left in the season, it’s already clear that the Vegas odds makers have a feeling that this season might end up being a little better for gamblers than past years. The same can be said for the NFL as well which is also popular among sports bettors.
How Many Points Will The Warriors Score In Their Season-Opening Game?
The most popular NBA game to bet on this season is the Golden State Warriors vs San Antonio Spurs game. It’s easy to see why given the fact that the Warriors have a 50% chance of making the playoffs this year and a 28% chance of making the postseason in 2019. This game is usually played in the regular season, but since it’s the season opener, the betting public is getting a chance to see how the Warriors look in the flesh rather than just seeing highlights on TV. Many people are expecting the Warriors to score a lot of points considering they’re the defending champions and have a lot of talent on their roster. The Spurs are also one of the favorites to win the 2019 NBA championship, mainly because they defeated the Warriors last year in the 2019 NBA Finals.
The over/under on total points scored in this game is set at 102.5, so if you’re looking for a safe and easy way to make money, laying the points is a no-brainer. The key word there is “laying,” because you need to make sure that you win on the points before you can collect your winnings. If you think the over will be set and manage to get over, you’ll win. If you think the under will drop below, you lose. It’s that simple. This is why it’s best to look at the betting odds rather than just believing what you’re hearing from so-called experts who might have something to gain from you guessing wrong.
How Many Home Runs Will Manny Ramirez Hit This Season?
Another interesting NBA game to bet on this year is the Milwaukee Bucks vs Chicago Bulls game. You might be familiar with Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo as he’s one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Antetokounmpo led the Bucks in home runs last year hitting 11 long balls. Those are isolated events though as he only had 347 at bats last year. This year, the anticipation is that he’ll have even more opportunities to hit home runs as the pitching is expected to be much better than it was last year. The under/over on home runs for the season is set at 10, so betting on home runs is a good option if you want to make a little bit of money. The problem is that you need to look at the over/under on at bats as well because if he doesn’t get on base enough to drive in runs, it’ll be hard to win on the home runs.
Looking for a safe and easy way to make money? You could try betting on the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are a popular choice to win the 2019 NBA championship, and many people have already started to stack their bets on them. The key word there is “stacking,” because a lot of people believe that this year the Warriors will allow gamblers to make a lot of money off of them. It’s still very early in the season, but if you want to truly know what the betting public thinks, it’s best to look at the odds makers rather than trying to guess what might happen based on past performances or trends in the sport.