If you’re new to placing bets on the NBA, the first thing you’ll need to do is find a bookmaker. There are plenty of options available, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one that’s compatible with your betting style. Once you’ve found a bookmaker, sign up and make your first bet.
There are a few things you’ll need before placing any bets: your odds, your team favorites, and your bet amount. NBA betting odds & lines are found on the front pages of most bookmakers’ websites, and they’ll usually list two types of odds: outright and money line.
Outright odds simply tell you how much money you need to put down in order to win your bet, while money line odds allow you to win either all or part of your bet depending on how yours or your team’s probability of winning the game.
Both types are usually listed in the same area so you can gauge which type of odds you like best. After finding these odds on your bookmaker’s website, you can then use them to calculate your bet amount — simply multiply the odds by the value of your bet.
You’ll want to do this before placing any bets, as online bookmakers allow you to make only one deposit per day and will lock it up completely if you make more than one at a time.
Once you’ve found a bookmaker with the odds and bet amounts that fit your style and budget, sign up for an account early on because most people tend to lose interest once they start making money.