How to bet on the NBA

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How does NBA betting work?

The NBA is one of the biggest and most exciting sports leagues on the planet. Global stars including LeBron James, Steph Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo dominate the basketball headlines day in and day out. So it’s no surprise that betting on the NBA is huge.

NBA betting works just like any other major sport. Choose from a wide selection of markets, including straightforward moneyline, point spread, and total bets, to prop bets and futures. With 82 games per team in the regular season alone, all the way through the playoffs to the NBA Finals, the NBA schedule offers plenty of action to bet on.

Plus, almost every corner of North America is represented, from the Toronto Raptors north of the border, to historic franchises such as the LA Lakers, Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Golden State Warriors.

The competition is always fierce between the league’s 30 teams, and the sportsbooks who price up the matchups. We do the hard work for you and show who is offering the best NBA odds.

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The best NBA sportsbooks


What odds can you get on the NBA?

The moneyline, point spread, and total or over/under are the classic NBA betting lines that you’ll see at most sportsbooks. The odds will vary slightly between sportsbook but there doesn’t often tend to be much difference, so finding those few extra points in the spread can go a long way. We aim to compare the best regulated sportsbooks from across Canada, so you can easily see who is giving you the best price on any matchup in the NBA.

As much as we’re all focused on tonight or tomorrow’s NBA games, there are also futures bets to consider. Who will win the NBA Finals or will be the NBA’s MVP are always very, very popular bets. They’re often season-long and the odds will change throughout, but if you get the timing right, you can find yourself making a much bigger profit.

Then there’s proposition or “prop” bets to look out for. This is when you’re betting on something specific to happen in a game, but it might not necessarily impact the overall result. Like who will win the tip-off or how many points a certain player might score.

Finding the best NBA odds can be a challenge, but we do the heavy lifting for you. Not only do we help you compare all of the markets above to find the best NBA odds, but we also have statistics, guides and tips that will help you choose winning NBA bets.

NBA betting tips

News and previews

Who’s starting? Who’s not starting? Who’s in talks over a new contract?

All of this and more can affect each night’s NBA games.


There are plenty of NBA stats to look at, including points per game, assists, rebounds, and steals, and we explain them all on our dedicated NBA stats page. Keeping track of team or player stats can help you pick the right bet.


Is a team on a winning run? Do they have home advantage? How do they fare on the road?

Ask yourself simple questions like this and they can help you find value or avoid a bad bet.


Naturally, strong squad depth is key to maintaining good results over the course of the lengthy NBA season. Keep an eye out for teams who can call upon a sixth man and/or bench capable of making an impact and turning a game in a team's favor.


Who’s healthy and who isn’t? There’s nothing worse than placing a bet and then seeing the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo or LeBron James sidelined.

Make sure to monitor injuries and who’s healthy on the roster.

Compare the odds

Shopping around can make all the difference when finding line value in the NBA. Sportsbooks are competing for your money, so don’t hand it over easily. We’re here to help – we compare the best NBA odds across Canada’s best sportsbooks.

NBA games today

The NBA schedule is packed, with 1,230 games making up a regular season. That’s 82 games per team.

Matches take place almost every single day from October until late June, including the NBA Playoffs, Eastern and Western Conference Finals and the NBA Finals. There’s also the star-studded All-Star break in February.

You can find the entire NBA calendar right here, with past results, latest scores, and upcoming games. Every game is available to bet on, with hundreds of betting lines to choose from.

We keep you up to date with the live scores and in-game odds. Odds fluctuate throughout every NBA game, and sometimes the best value can be found when a team looks down and out.

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NBA key information

📅 Year founded:


🔢 Number of teams:


🏆 Most championships:

Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers (17)

🥇 Current champions:

Golden State Warriors

🏀 Championship series:

NBA Finals

👑 Current MVP:

Nikola Jokic

NBA betting FAQs

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BET.CA's basketball betting guides are written by our seasoned betting experts, whose in-depth knowledge of the NBA and NCAA basketball will help you to bet smarter when searching for your next basketball wager.

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