What Does Point Range Mean in Basketball Betting?

You might be familiar with the point spread in sports betting, where teams or individual athletes are given the points to score and the total amount of points to be scored by both teams. In NBA basketball betting, for example, the point spread might be 2 points for each quarter or overtime period, and the total points scored by both teams during the game (not including free throw attempts).

But did you know there’s more than one way to bet on a basketball game?

You can bet on the total amount of points scored in each of the three (or more) quarters, you can bet on the number of points scored by either team in each quarter or half, or you can bet on which team will score the most points in a given game. The list of betting options for NBA basketball makes it a little more exciting to bet on games!

Here’s a brief primer on the different point range bets available for NBA basketball:

Quarters Bet

This is quite possibly the most popular way to bet on an NBA game these days. Essentially, you’re placing a bet on the total amount of points that will be scored in four quarters. For instance, if the total points are 39, you would win your bet. Similarly, if the total points are 37, you would lose your bet. This type of bet can be either won or lost, depending on whether you think the favored team will win the game or if the underdogs will come out on top. In a nutshell, the more points you wager on, the better your chances of winning. The problem with this type of bet is that it’s rarely possible to predict the final score of an NBA game before it happens. This makes it more difficult to place a solid bet.

Half-Game Point Range Bet

If you’re a fan of the Detroit Pistons, you may have noticed that most of their home games are played in the late afternoon or early evening. This is due to the fact that the NBA schedule puts games on early morning hours on weekdays and on weekend afternoons. Although the early games feature lower odds, the later games have increased odds because of the cumulative effect of the afternoon’s games, plus the fact that the later games often feature teams with home court advantage. The theory here is that if you can get over the early morning hurdle, the later games will play out with more attractive odds. Essentially, you’re trying to predict the outcome of an NBA game based on the half time performance. This can be extremely helpful if you’re looking for an easy way to place a basketball bet. The problem with this type of bet is that the half-time performance of an NBA game is quite difficult to accurately predict. Games that are tied heading into the break (e.g., the half) are often decided in the last few minutes of the second half. Therefore, you run the risk of placing (and losing) a bet on a game that was essentially decided in the first half. This is especially risky when you consider that you have to place your bet before the end of the second half. You might also run the risk of placing your bet on a game that was going to be decided in favor of the home team (regardless of whether or not they had the superior half-time performance).

Full-Game Point Range Bet

Placing a bet on the total amount of points scored in an entire game can be helpful when trying to predict the final score of an NBA game. The reason is that, as previously stated, the odds on games that are closer to the end are increased. Of course, this doesn’t mean you necessarily need to wait until the end of the game to place your bet. You can get the same effect by looking at the half-game and quarter-game point range bets, and considering the cumulative odds of the three (or more) quarters. The advantage of this bet is that it’s typically easier to predict the outcome of an NBA game based on the point total. However, the disadvantage is that you need to commit to placing your bet on the outcome of an entire game, which is more difficult than betting on the quarter, half, or three-quarters of a game individually. You might also run the risk of losing a bet on a game that was essentially decided in the first half (as with the half-game and quarter-game range bets).

For example, if you think that the Chicago Bulls will win the game 39-37, you would win your bet if the final score of the game is 39-37. However, if you think that the Bulls will win the game 40-36, you would lose your bet since the cumulative odds of the three quarters (40-36, 29-40, and 22-44) are less than the odds of a single quarter (22-44).

While all of these point range bets sound complicated, the good news is that it’s usually possible to find a clear point-spread for an NBA game. This makes it easier to place a straight-forward bet on games. The point is that there are many different ways to bet on NBA games, and if you’re looking for an easy way to place a wager, consider one of these options. You might be surprised at how well the odds play out when you compare them to the point spread.