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Looking to Stake on Basketball? Here are your Options

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When it comes to betting on basketball there are more options to consider than you might think. It's not all about the moneyline pick on the match winner and there are Props, Spreads, Overs and Unders and much more.

If you're just starting out or have already got involved to a small extent, here are some tips on the markets you can consider.

Tip 1. Find Your Sportsbook

First of all, you need a good home for your betting. There are many hundreds of sports betting sites out there but they're not all created equal. Some third party advice would be helpful in this respect and there are many websites promoting the best basketball betting companies.

Asiabet.org is a good example of this and they have a panel of recommended sports betting sites on their schedules. In regards to basketball, this means listing the sportsbooks with the best odds and the widest range of markets.

All of the bookmakers mentioned on the asiabet.org site are set up to take on new registrations and many have generous welcome promotions on the table. Once the sign up is complete and has been verified, a range of deposit options is available to get the account moving.

Moving forward, there will be a choice of other basketball markets, beyond the NBA, plus options for betting on a mobile device and the possibility of live streaming top class sport.

Finding the right sportsbook is the first step on the journey and this is a solid place to start.

Tip 2. Keep it Simple

If you're just starting out on your basketball betting journey, you should keep things simple to start with. It may not always be easy to pick a winner in a basketball game but the equation is straightforward.

The Moneyline bet is a straight choice between the two teams on show. Who will win and convert a profit for you? To help solve the question, you should look into research that would include form and any head to head results plus other factors such as injuries and home court advantage.

Tip 3. Consider your Other Market Options

Now we come onto the main part of this round up: When you're betting on basketball, there are many more markets to choose from besides that moneyline pick.

You could start with the spread which is a kind of handicapping system. Here, we are giving one team a handicap so let's say that the sportsbook has a figure of +6.5 next to the Celtics for their upcoming game with the Clippers.

In order for the Celtics to beat that spread and give you a return, they would need to win the game by at least seven points.

Next up are props: A prop is a "proposition" bet on events that could happen within a game. Most sportsbooks split them into Game Props and Player Props.

Game Props could relate to which team will win a certain quarter. Another regular prop asks you to speculate on whether the total amount of points will be odd or even.

Player props relate to the NBA stats. They could ask how many points Steph Curry will score for the Warriors in a specific game. Total Assists and Total Rebounds are among the many other player props that can appear.

Another piece of terminology that you will see in NBA betting is known as Overs and Unders. This is, in fact, a bet on the total number of points that the two teams will score in a game.

The sportsbooks will set a line - let's say it's at 239.5. There are just two betting options - to go Over or Under. If you go Over, the teams need to land at least 240 points between them in order for you to claim a payout. If those teams hit 238 points or less, the bet is lost.

NBA betting can also provide options for markets known as "futures". This could be a long term bet on the overall NBA Championship or the winner of the MVP. Conference and Divisional winners are also quoted for.

The choice is yours and the range of NBA markets is wider than you may think.