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One of the biggest changes in basketball betting is the move from the betting shop to online. This has given more choice to punters in terms or odds and markets but it has had another benefit as there has also been a move by the bookmakers to lure in customers by offering all sorts of benefits to having an online account.

Free bets are one such benefit, but the real innovation is that customers of the big betting firms can now watch and bet on live basketball matches online. There is an incredible array of live streamed basketball matches from across the globe every single week.

There is no need for a satellite subscription, or any form of on-going payment, to watch online. All that is needed is an account with one of the major bookmakers and then you can watch online, for free, on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

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The NBA's popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on the sport all year round, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does offer advice on what bets you should place on the NBA, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their NBA betting odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our UK reviews that you can access HERE, while US customers can check out the best American sportsbooks HERE.


The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time that you can use to bet on the NBA (subject to terms & conditions)...


Outright betting on the NBA (National Basketball Association) remains a great way to make a profit while betting on the premier competition in basketball, but of course you have to have some patience because these types of bets are not ones that pay out quickly, unless you have placed them during the final days of the season.

NBA outright markets are straightforward - you are betting on subjects such as NBA Champions, Conference Winners and Division Winners, and these NBA prediction markets are available all season long so you can wait to see how a team performs before backing them in one of these markets. So what markets are available? Read on...


The NBA Winner market is exactly what the title says – you are betting on who will win the NBA Finals and be crowned world champions. This market goes live very early on – you could bet on the 2018/19 Winner market as soon as the 2017/18 season was over – and the earlier you bet on it, the bigger the price you will get in most instances. Every NBA team is backable in this market, but of course the likes of the Golden State Warriors are going to be a short price from the start and those odds will only get shorter if Stef Curry & Co. continue to dominate the opposition.

Conference Winner

Much like the National Football League, the NBA is split into two conferences with 15 teams competing in the Eastern Conference and 15 competing in the Western Conference. This market does not require you to back the team that will win the NBA title, you just need to back the team that will have the best record in their conference at the end of the season. Golden States’ dominance in recent years means they are likely to be the only team available at very short odds heading into the new season, so that means you can back some of the best teams in the league at decent prices in this market. But of course, those prices will fluctuate as the season unfolds. 

Division Winner

Just like the NFL, not only is the NBA separated into two conferences, those conferences are then divided into three divisions of five teams. For this market you do not need to worry about who are crowned Conference champions and who are crowned world champions, you are betting on who will finish top their division standings at the end of the regular season. While some divisions will have clear favourites, others will be wide open and that means a really healthy profit could be made by betting on this market. But as with any outright betting market, the odds will shift around as the season progresses and if one team starts to take control of their division, their price will soon shorten.


Betting on the basketball has never been easier and there has never been more markets to choose from, but if you are a newcomer to betting on the National Basketball Association here is a guide to everything you need to know.

We have come a long way from the days when the bookmakers offered a handful of betting markets for NBA games. No longer are you restricted to traditional markets such as Match Winner, you now have a massive selection of betting markets to choose from every single day throughout the season.

Here we run down the main NBA match betting markets...

Money Line

The Money Line market is just like the Match Betting market in soccer - you are betting on who will win the game. However, this is not an easy way to make a sizeable profit when betting on the NBA because the only way you are going to land a big return here is by successfully backing an underdog to be victorious, and while upsets do happen you really have to be very confident about it to use this market. But don't worry, that does not mean you should rule out betting on the outcome of a game because this next form of betting offers much more appeal than Money Line...

Spread Betting

Ever wanted to back a team to win but think their Money Line odds are far too short for you to claim? Spread betting offers you the chance to back a favourite at bigger odds, while you can also get even larger odds if you are looking to back an underdog.

Spread betting could not be any simpler. The bookmaker will give the favourite a fictional handicap and the underdog a fictional head start. So, for example, if Golden State Warriors were favourites for a game against Chicago Bulls, the bookies could give the Warriors a -11.5 handicap with the Bulls +11.5. At the end of the game, depending on which bet you placed, you would either knock 11.5 points off Golden State’s total or add 11.5 to Chicago’s total. If your team still wins the game after this adjustment, your bet would be a winner.

For example, if you backed the Warriors -11.5 and they won 143-94 like they did in November 2017, they would still be 131.5-94 winners once the handicap was taken off so your bet would be a winner. If they won 119-112 like they did in January 2018, after the 11.5 points were removed they would be 107.5-112 losers which means your bet loses. If you backed Chicago +11.5 and they lost 119-112, you would be a winner because the Bulls would be 123.5-119 winners once you add those 11.5 points on.

The bookmakers offer Spread Betting for every single game and there will always be a variety of handicaps to choose from. Usually it is a case that the bigger the spread, the bigger the price so for those games where one side is a massive favourite, you may end up having to back them to win by a large margin in order to land a decent return.

Over/Under Betting

You can also bet on markets like Total Points, First-Half Points, Second-Half Points, First Quarter Points etc.  The bookmakers will offer you a host of options to choose from, it just depends on how many points you expect to see in a game. Are two great defenses going to be on show? If so, go for a low total. Are two incredible offenses going to keep the scoreboard staff busy? Go high.

So, for example, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors went head-to-head twice in the 2017/18 regular season before meeting in the NBA Finals, and in both of their regular-season meetings the two teams combined for in excess of 180 points. So if you expected to see more of the same when they met in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, you could have backed Over 179.5 Total Points. It would not have mattered who had scored what points, as long as the combined points total for your team was 180 points or more your bet would have been a winner. And of course, the bigger the risk with the Over/Under you select, the bigger the reward if your bet is a winner.

Over-Under Betting is a great way to make a profit when betting on the NBA and you will not be short of options each and every day throughout the season because these markets will be available for every match-up from opening night right through to, and including, the last game of the NBA Finals.


Most NBA Titles: 17 - Boston Celtics (1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2008)

Most Consecutive NBA Titles: 8 - Boston Celtics (1959-66)

Most NBA Finals Defeats: 15 - Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2004, 2008)

Most NBA Finals Appearances: 31 - Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Most Consecutive NBA Finals Appearances: 10 - Boston Celtics (1957-66)

Most NBA Titles Won By A Coach: 11 - Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998; Los Angeles Lakers 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010)

Most NBA Titles Won By A Player: 11 - Bill Russell (Boston Celtics 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969)

NBA Champions

1947Philadelphia WarriorsChicago Stags4-1
1948Baltimore BulletsPhiladelphia Warriors4-2
1949Minneapolis LakersWashington Capitols4-2
1950Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-2
1951Rochester RoyalsNew York Knicks4-3
1952Minneapolis LakersNew York Knicks4-3
1953Minneapolis LakersNew York Knicks4-1
1954Minneapolis LakersSyracuse Nationals4-3
1955Syracuse NationalsFort Wayne Pistons4-3
1956Philadelphia WarriorsFort Wayne Pistons4-1
1957Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-3
1958St Louis HawksBoston Celtics4-2
1959Boston CelticsMinneapolis Lakers4-0
1960Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-3
1961Boston CelticsSt Louis Hawks4-1
1962Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1963Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
1964Boston CelticsSan Francisco Warriors4-1
1965Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1966Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1967Philadelphia 76ersSan Francisco Warriors4-2
1968Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
1969Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1970New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1971Milwaukee BucksBaltimore Bullets4-0
1972Los Angeles LakersNew York Knicks4-1
1973New York KnicksLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1974Boston CelticsMilwaukee Bucks4-3
1975Golden State WarriorsWashington Bullets4-0
1976Boston CelticsPhoenix Suns4-2
1977Portland Trail BlazersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1978Washington BulletsSeattle Supersonics4-3
1979Seattle SupersonicsWashington Bullets4-1
1980Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1981Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2
1982Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-2
1983Philadelphia 76ersLos Angeles Lakers4-0
1984Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-3
1985Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2
1986Boston CelticsHouston Rockets4-2
1987Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-2
1988Los Angeles LakersDetroit Pistons4-3
1989Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-0
1990Detroit PistonsPortland Trail Blazers4-1
1991Chicago BullsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
1992Chicago BullsPortland Trail Blazers4-2
1993Chicago BullsPhoenix Suns4-2
1994Houston RocketsNew York Knicks4-3
1995Houston RocketsOrlando Magic4-0
1996Chicago BullsSeattle Supersonics4-2
1997Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2
1998Chicago BullsUtah Jazz4-2
1999San Antonio SpursNew York Knicks4-1
2000Los Angeles LakersIndiana Pacers4-2
2001Los Angeles LakersPhiladelphia 76ers4-1
2002Los Angeles LakersNew Jersey Nets4-0
2003San Antonio SpursNew Jersey Nets4-2
2004Detroit PistonsLos Angeles Lakers4-1
2005San Antonio SpursDetroit Pistons4-3
2006Miami HeatDallas Mavericks4-2
2007San Antonio SpursCleveland Cavaliers4-0
2008Boston CelticsLos Angeles Lakers4-2
2009Los Angeles LakersOrlando Magic4-1
2010Los Angeles LakersBoston Celtics4-3
2011Dallas MavericksMiami Heat4-2
2012Miami HeatOklahoma City Thunder4-1
2013Miami HeatSan Antonio Spurs4-3
2014San Antonio SpursMiami Heat4-1
2015Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-2
2016Cleveland CavaliersGolden State Warriors4-3
2017Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-1
2018Golden State WarriorsCleveland Cavaliers4-0

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