NBA Betting Lines

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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Away Score Home Money Line
Wednesday 06 June
FT Warriors 110 - 102 Cleveland Cavaliers -149 +125
Friday 08 June
FT Warriors 108 - 85 Cleveland Cavaliers -169 +150

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 Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 82 59 23 9156 8518 0.720
2 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics 82 55 27 8529 8235 0.671
3 Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 76ers 82 52 30 9004 8635 0.634
4 New York Knicks New York Knicks 82 29 53 8566 8858 0.354
5 Brooklyn Nets Brooklyn Nets 82 28 54 8741 9048 0.341
EC - Central Division
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers 82 50 32 9091 9014 0.610
2 Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers 82 48 34 8656 8543 0.585
3 Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Bucks 82 44 38 8731 8756 0.537
4 Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 82 39 43 8509 8521 0.476
5 Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 82 27 55 8440 9017 0.329
EC - Southeast Division
1 Miami Heat Miami Heat 82 44 38 8480 8441 0.537
2 Washington Wizards Washington Wizards 82 43 39 8742 8694 0.524
3 Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets 82 36 46 8874 8853 0.439
4 Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 82 25 57 8479 8874 0.305
5 Atlanta Hawks Atlanta Hawks 82 24 58 8475 8922 0.293
WC - Northwest Division
1 Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers 82 49 33 8661 8448 0.598
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder 82 48 34 8844 8564 0.585
3 Utah Jazz Utah Jazz 82 48 34 8540 8187 0.585
4 Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves 82 47 35 8980 8797 0.573
5 Denver Nuggets Denver Nuggets 82 46 36 9020 8899 0.561
WC - Pacific Division
1 Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors 82 58 24 9304 8814 0.707
2 L.A. Clippers L.A. Clippers 82 42 40 8937 8934 0.512
3 L.A. Lakers L.A. Lakers 82 35 47 8862 8989 0.427
4 Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings 82 27 55 8104 8677 0.329
5 Phoenix Suns Phoenix Suns 82 21 61 8522 9290 0.256
WC - Southwest Division
1 Houston Rockets Houston Rockets 82 65 17 9213 8518 0.793
2 New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans 82 48 34 9161 9054 0.585
3 San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs 82 47 35 8424 8187 0.573
4 Dallas Mavericks Dallas Mavericks 82 24 58 8390 8639 0.293
5 Memphis Grizzlies Memphis Grizzlies 82 22 60 8145 8654 0.268

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.