5 Reasons Why the NBA Is the Best Sport to Bet On

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The NBA isn’t the league most gamblers would pick if they could only wager on 1. But this is 1 of the reasons why it’s a good choice.

As a sports gambler I like anything that makes it easier to find profitable games to bet on. The NBA offers a few things that help me make profitable wagers, starting with how powerful a couple stars on the same team can be.

Here’s some more information about how stars influence NBA betting and 4 other reasons why the NBA might be the only sports league you need to bet on.

1. Pick a Star or 2 or 3

The NBA is the best choice for sports gamblers because of the way that star players control the game. It’s not that they control the league so much as they have almost complete control over the games that they play in.

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NBA champions almost always have at least 2 real stars on the team, and many of them have 3. These teams still need a good supporting cast, but an NBA team with 2 or 3 real stars is going to be fighting for the championship at the end of the season.

This is valuable when you’re betting on regular-season games and postseason games.

On the other side of this equation are the teams that don’t have any real stars. These teams might have some good players, but they don’t have a star to win close games in crunch time. This doesn’t mean that these teams can’t win games. It doesn’t even mean they can’t make the playoffs. But good teams don’t win NBA championships. Great teams with great players win NBA championships.

The question is how do you use this information to make profits gambling on the NBA?

You’re going to learn how this information can help you during the regular season in the next section and in the playoffs in the section following the next section.

2. Regular Season Records

The regular season in the NBA isn’t the same as the playoffs. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use the start driven nature of the league to your advantage during the regular season. In fact, it’s still the main reason why the NBA is the best league to use as a sports gambler.

NBA teams with the best players win more games than the teams that don’t have good players. But the best teams don’t win every game, and the worst teams don’t lose every game.

The secret is to predict when the best teams are likely to lose and the worst teams are likely to win.

This starts with where the teams are playing. The worst teams are going to win most of the games that they win at home, and the best teams are going to lose most of the games they lose when they play on the road.

But there’s more that goes into winning your wagers than this. The home and road splits are just where you start. The next thing you have to look at is when stars are going to rest and when the best teams are likely to have a down game.

The NBA as a league doesn’t like it when teams rest their star players, but the team’s control who plays when. The few teams that have a realistic shot at winning a championship are more concerned about getting to the playoffs healthy than winning every single game.

Please Note:
Just about every other team in the NBA is concerned about winning as many games as possible. Look at this from the coach’s point of view. If you’re the coach and you win an NBA championship, it doesn’t matter if your team won 60 or 70 games during the regular season.

But if your team doesn’t win the championship, the way to keep your job is to win as many games during the regular season as possible. This means that there’s a huge difference between winning 40 and 50 games.

Watch how each team in the league treats the regular season, and you can learn how to see when the best teams are likely to lose.

3. Post Season Pressure and TV Money

The NBA playoffs are completely different than the regular season. Every single game is more important, and teams don’t take a game off. Even if a dominant team doesn’t need to sweep a series if they can sweep they get extra rest for their best players.

On the other hand, the NBA wants there to be as many playoff games as possible.

The league would like every series to go to 7 games.

This has lead many sports gamblers to believe that there are some conspiracies involved when weaker teams win a few games in a series.

I don’t believe that the league controls the playoffs, but if you’re worried about it simply don’t bet on the middle games in a series. In my experience, you need to find value in the NBA playoffs just like you do in the regular season.

Please Note:
The only exception is that you evaluate every post season game knowing that each team is going to do everything they can to win, unlike in the regular season.

4. Instant Injury News

Not everyone that bets on sports is as old as me, but I clearly remember when the only news you got on sports and players came from the newspaper. I remember when ESPN became popular and you could see highlights of games that were not available to watch.

The lines the sportsbooks offered then weren’t as tight as they are now, but it was much harder to get the right information to evaluate games. The lines are much tighter now, but the amount of information, and how fast you can access it, is much better now.

Every NBA team has multiple beat writers and most of them use social media platforms.

This means you can follow these beat writers and get current team and layer news as fast as anyone in the world, including the sportsbooks.

If you learn how to use this information correctly, the speed and amount of information you have access to can be quite profitable.

Injuries are 1 of the most important things you need to stay on top of as an NBA gambler. Everyone has access to the big injury news, but the minor injuries are where you can make money.

If you know that a star is banged up but he’s still in the lineup, you can use this information when you’re evaluating games.

A banged up star might still be better than a replacement, but if not at the top of their game it can alter output.

This is the kind of information you need to know when you’re handicapping NBA games. And it’s available if you know where to look and who to follow.

5. TV Availability

I know some NBA gamblers who use statistical systems to pick games to wager on who don’t watch many games. I’m all for using stats and systems for sports gambling, but the way I handicap games requires watching as many games as possible.

I’m convinced that there are some important things required to make profitable agers that you can only get from watching players play.

When I wager on the NBA, I watch as many games as I can.

The good news is that I can easily watch just about any game that I want. I focus on the Eastern Conference so that I don’t have to watch every game n the schedule. This let me spend more time on each team and game so I have a better chance to find value and weak lines.

This cuts the available games to bet on down by over half, but I’m interested in making money, not getting as many wagers down as possible. I don’t care if I only find 1 or 2 games to place a wager on, as long as they offer value.

Please Note:
Unless you’re already making a consistent profit wagering on the NBA, I suggest specializing until you’re making consistent profits. Pick a conference, or even a division, and just wager on those games.

If you don’t have access to all of the NBA games on television, use the games that you do have access to in order to pick your area of specialization.


Smart NBA gamblers know the difference between the regular season and the playoffs. Some coaches are coaching for their job, while others are coaching for championships.

Once you learn the difference it can help you evaluate NBA games more effectively at the online sportsbooks.

Use the instant news and game availability of the modern world, and you can make adjustments and find the best lines on a daily basis. This is what the pros do.

Rex Hoffman / Author

Rex Hoffman is a passionate sports writer, with over five years of experience covering sports journalism in line with the Vegas betting landscape. His favorite subjects include football, basketball, and baseball. As a Las Vegas resident, he enjoys finding an edge against the local sportsbooks and aims to share his extensive knowledge with both beginners and experienced bettors. Rex also dabbles in horse racing wagering and enjoys typical casino fare like blackjack and poker in his spare time.