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How do NBA odds work?

Like other sports, NBA odds are listed by sportsbooks to represent the probability of something happening in a match or over the course of the season, as well as how much profit you would make if you placed a successful bet on it.

NBA odds are determined by an array of means such as algorithms, data analytics, and advanced statistics.

The NBA is one of the most popular sports leagues in the world and continues to grow each year, meaning sportsbooks provide plenty of lines to bet on for every single NBA match.

Betting on the NBA can be profitable and fun if you have at least a basic knowledge of basketball and online betting, especially as there are plenty of options to choose from.

However, deciding what to bet on can be challenging. Read on to learn more about the most popular NBA bets and how they work.

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Popular NBA bets

The most popular NBA bets include the moneyline, point spread, total (over/under), and parlays. You can learn about each of these in more detail below.

NBA moneyline odds

Moneyline betting is one of the simplest and most popular types available for the NBA. In a moneyline bet, you simply select the outright winner of the game (regardless of the score) and your bet wins if the team you bet on wins.

In moneyline betting, the favorite for the match according to the sportsbook will have 'negative odds' (e.g. -150), while the underdog will have 'positive odds' (e.g. +200). Here is an example of moneyline odds for a NBA game:



Los Angeles Lakres


Toronto Raptors


If you placed a $100 moneyline bet on the Raptors to win, you would win $50 profit if they win for a total payout of $150. Alternatively, if you placed a $100 moneyline bet on the Lakers to win, you would get a total payout of $275 (your $100 bet plus $175 profit) if they won.

When placing a moneyline bet, you should gather as much information as you can about the two teams, particularly their recent form and if any key players will be missing with injury, and also consider where the match is being played.

NBA point spread odds

NBA point spread betting (sometimes referred to as handicap betting) involves betting on a team to win or lose a match by a margin set by the sportsbook. The point spread is determined by how many points the sportsbook thinks the favorite will beat the underdog by. The favorite is given a negative point spread, denoted by a - in front of a number, while the underdog is given a positive point spread, denoted by a + in front of a number.

Here is an example of point spread odds for a NBA game:

Team and spread


Houston Rockets, +15.5


Toronto Raptors, -15.5


In this instance, if you placed a $100 point spread bet on the Rockets at +15.5, your bet would win if they lost by 15 points or fewer (or won), but lose if they lost by 16 points or more. Alternatively, if you bet $100 on the Raptors at -15.5, your bet would win if they won by 16 points or more, but lose if they won by 15 points or fewer (or lost). In both cases, the odds are set at -110, meaning a successful $100 bet would produce a profit of $90.90 and total payout of $190.90.

Some sportsbooks may have alternate lines for their NBA point spread odds, whereby they list different spreads to their standard offering (for instance, +/- 12.5 instead of 15.5 for the example above). As a result, if you want to bet on a team to win or lose by a different margin than the one offered, you can do so (albeit with shorter or longer odds accordingly).

NBA total or over/under odds

NBA total or over/under betting involves betting on whether both teams will score more or less than a specified number of points. You can also bet on whether individual teams will score more or less than a specified number of points in a match.

Here is an example of total or over/under odds for a NBA game:

Total points


Over 227.5


Under 227.5


For example, if you bet $100 on there to be under 227.5 points in a match, your bet would win if the two teams score 227 points or fewer between them, but lose if they score 228 points or more (regardless of which team wins the match).

For single team totals, if you bet $100 on a team to score over 119.5 points in a match, your bet would win if they score 120 points or more, but lose if they score 119 points or fewer (regardless of whether they won or lost the match).

When placing a total or over/under bet on a NBA match, you should consider stats including the teams' offensive and defensive metrics, recent performances, shooting percentage, and if any key offensive or defensive players will be missing.

NBA parlay odds

NBA parlay betting allows you to place a single bet featuring multiple selections across different markets and matches, all of which have to be successful for the bet to win. For example, you can take the moneyline from one game, the total or over/under from another, the spread from a third game, and a prop bet from a fourth and combine them into a single bet.

Parlay bets have larger payouts than if you placed each of your selections as individual bets. The more selections that are included within a parlay, the more it could pay out, but also the more likely the bet is to fail.

Here is an example of a $100 NBA parlay bet on four different games:



Toronto Raptors to beat Milwaukee Bucks


San Antonio Spurs to beat Golden State Warriors (-6.5)


Los Angeles Lakers at Denver Nuggets: 208.5 points or more


Kahwi Leonard to score over 9.5 points for the Los Angeles Clippers


Four-way parlay odds


If all of these selections won, they would return $720.70 from four individual $100 bets. That’s a profit of $320.70. However, on a single $100 parlay, they would return $1043.69 and a much bigger profit of $943.69.

Betting on NBA futures

NBA futures betting allows you to make predictions on things that are determined over the course of the season, such as which team will win the NBA Finals or which player will win the MVP award. NBA futures are available to bet on both before and during the season, and their odds can change depending on how certain teams and players are performing.

You can learn more about this on the NBA futures page, but here is a quick run through of popular NBA futures bets:

  • NBA Finals futures: Which team will win the NBA Finals and be crowned NBA champions.

  • Conference futures: Which teams will win the Eastern and Western Conference that season.

  • Division futures: Which teams will win each of the six divisions in the regular season.

  • Awards futures: Which players will win awards such as MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Defensive Player of the Year.

Timing is important for NBA futures bets, as the odds for these markets can change at short notice depending on factors such as form, injuries, trades, and recent results.

NBA prop bets

NBA prop bets allow you to bet on almost anything which can unfold during an NBA game that is not directly linked to the result or outcome. This can range from the first player to score a three-point basket to the total number of rebounds both teams will get in the fourth quarter. Sportsbooks offer prop lines for every NBA match related to both teams and players.

Popular player-based NBA prop bets include the total points, assists, rebounds, or three-pointers they will get in a match. Team-based prop bets include the first team to score a specified number of points, which team will commit more fouls, and which team will score the final point(s) of the game. Different sportsbooks offer different prop bets, although there are normally plenty of options available for every NBA match.

NBA odds FAQs

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