NBA Betting Odds

The National Basketball Association has always been a star’s league, even before it merged with the American Basketball Association in 1976. Over the past few decades, the popularity of basketball has exploded throughout the world and as the best product that the sport has to offer, the NBA attracts hundreds of millions of fans. Many add to the excitement of watching the best ballers compete by placing an online wager on prime NBA betting lines.

NBA Betting Lines Today

Before you decide to bet on any game, it’s crucial to keep yourself informed of the latest odds and developments. This useful widget updates you on NBA betting lines today while giving you important information about the results.

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Tuesday 20 July
FT Phoenix Suns 98 - 105 Milwaukee Bucks +165 -182

NBA Standings

Some teams battle through brutal 82 game seasons in order to come out on top of the NBA standings, giving them a shot at solid playoff rankings. Others tank the regular season to get a great draft pick. The standings below will give you an idea where each team in the association is headed.

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# team P W L + - %
EC - Atlantic Division
1 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 72 49 23 8182 7780 0.681
2 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 72 48 24 8537 8213 0.667
3 New York Knicks New York Knicks 72 41 31 7706 7540 0.569
4 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 72 36 36 8109 8004 0.500
5 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 72 27 45 8011 8045 0.375
EC - Central Division
1 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 72 46 26 8649 8225 0.639
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 72 34 38 8302 8305 0.472
3 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 72 31 41 7969 8033 0.431
4 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 72 22 50 7476 8084 0.306
5 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 72 20 52 7676 7998 0.278
EC - Southeast Division
1 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 72 41 31 8186 8019 0.569
2 Miami Heat Miami Heat 72 40 32 7781 7779 0.556
3 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 72 34 38 8398 8530 0.472
4 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 72 33 39 7881 8020 0.458
5 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 72 21 51 7488 8158 0.292
WC - Northwest Division
1 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 72 52 20 8382 7716 0.722
2 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 72 47 25 8284 7929 0.653
3 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 72 42 30 8360 8231 0.583
4 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 72 23 49 8073 8473 0.319
5 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 72 22 50 7560 8326 0.306
WC - Pacific Division
1 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 72 51 21 8300 7881 0.708
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 72 47 25 8209 7764 0.653
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 72 42 30 7887 7686 0.583
4 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 72 39 33 8187 8111 0.542
5 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 72 31 41 8189 8454 0.431
WC - Southwest Division
1 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 72 42 30 8096 7933 0.583
2 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 72 38 34 8157 8083 0.528
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 72 33 39 7998 8123 0.458
4 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 72 31 41 8251 8272 0.431
5 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 72 17 55 7833 8402 0.236

What You Need to Know For NBA Betting Lines

The NBA is typically considered one of the most predictable of all major, North American professional sports leagues. In fact, since 1980, the NBA Finals has featured one of the following ten basketball legends: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olaijuwon and Dwayne Wade. The overwhelming talent and drive of these competitors tend to overwhelm most teams in the league.

The current environment is no different, with the supremacy of LeBron James giving way to the rise of small ball, lead by Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. A select few teams are able to challenge the dominance of elite squads, let alone win four out of a seven game series. However, this disparity leads to superb opportunities to sniff out upsets, which can result in a great payday for NBA fans who monitor the pulse of the league, discovering superb odds that makes the risk worth it.

While elite teams are still defined by the quality of their superstars, in particular “big three” cornerstone players, the competitive gap has lessened somewhat for the rest of the association. The Eastern Conference is no longer noticeably weaker than the Western Conference, reversing a long trend that started after the Jordan era. This makes wagering on the NBA that much more exciting.

How to Bet On the NBA

For the most part, there are three types of bets that most sportsbooks provide for NBA games, the most popular of which are odds-based money lines. Favorites are given a negative number, such as -500, which shows that you have to bet $500 to win $100. Underdogs are given a positive number, such as +390, indicating that you have to bet $100 to win $390 on your wager.

You can also bet on the spread, which involves the number of points by which a team loses or wins. For example, if the game has a spread of 8 points, you can bet that the winner will win by at least eight or the loser will fall less than eight points short. 

Betting on whether a game will produce a certain number of points is another popular way of getting in on the action. You can wager on whether the two teams will combine to score points over or under a specific number. If an over/under for an NBA game is 220.5 points, a successful over bet for the game would involve a combined score of 221 or more while a winning under bet would result in a game of 220 or fewer points scored.