Stats for NBA betting

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What are NBA stats?

Statistics are vital in analyzing NBA games, as they can be used to evaluate upcoming matches and betting lines. Bettors can use a variety of metrics to stay ahead of the game and assess how teams and players are performing. Here are the NBA stats you can use to help your betting:

  • Scoring: A team or player’s scoring stats are important to research for markets such as total or over/under points and various prop bets, such as who will score the first or last points in a match or quarter.

  • Home score: You can monitor a team’s home scores throughout the NBA season to get an idea of how they perform in home matches and establish which teams enjoy the strongest home advantage.

  • Away score: You can look at a team’s away scores to see how they perform on the road, as well as to what extent they score fewer points than when playing at home.

  • Points per game: Points per game is the average number of points a player or team scores in a match. This is useful for seeing which are the best offensive players and teams in the NBA. If a team is missing players with a strong points-per-game record for a match, they may be offensively weaker than normal.

  • Field goal percentage: The field goal percentage is the percentage of shots that a team or player makes in a game. This is calculated by dividing the number of shots made by the number of shots attempted. In the NBA, a good field goal percentage across all positions is generally considered to be around 47% or higher.

  • Free throw percentage: The free throw percentage is the percentage of free throws that a team or player makes in a game. Teams who are good at both winning fouls and converting free throws should be reliable for getting points on the board.

  • Three pointers made: If a team or player is particularly good at making three pointers, this may be worth bearing in mind for total or over/under points markets, and prop bets such as how many three pointers a team or player will make in a match.

  • Three-point percentage: The three-point percentage is the percentage of three pointer attempts that a team or player makes in a game. This is calculated by dividing the number of three pointers made by the number of three pointers attempted. During the 2020-21 NBA season, the average three-point percentage was 36.7%.

  • Assists: Assist numbers are critical indicators of the offensive performance of players and teams. The assist stat for teams is sometimes a reflection of how willing they are to move and share the ball in offense.

  • Rebounds: Rebounds are divided into offensive rebounds, when the offensive team recovers the ball, and defensive rebounds, in which the defending team wins possession. A player's rebounding efficiency is calculated by dividing the number of rebounds they have got by the number of games they have played.

  • Turnovers: This can happen if a player loses the ball, steps out of bounds, has a pass intercepted, commits a violation (such as a double dribble, a shot clock violation or travelling), or commits an offensive foul.

  • Steals: Steals are crucial in basketball games, as they can reduce an opposing team's shot attempts while creating offensive opportunities.

  • Blocks: Sportsbooks often offer prop bets on which team or player will have the most blocks in a match, or whether a designated team or player will have over or under a specified amount.

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NBA stat leaders

The NBA stats leaders for that season can give you an overall look at which players are dominating in different offensive and defensive categories. You can pinpoint who is leading the league in points and assists, and can also evaluate the players ranking highly for blocks and steals per game. Meanwhile the field goal, three-point and free-throw percentage leaders lists will offer information about the strongest shooters in the league.

The stats leaderboard can be particularly useful for informing bets on player-based NBA prop markets, which often offer odds on certain players for metrics including points, assists, and steals per game. Stats leaders may also be among the players in contention for end-of-season awards.

Stats leaders are also often good at getting double-doubles. Players can register points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. When a player registers 10 instances each in two of these categories, it’s called a double-double. If a player gets 10 or more in three, four, or five of these stats, this is referred to as a triple-double, quadruple-double, or quintuple-double respectively (the latter is extremely rare and Wilt Chamberlain is the only player to have ever achieved this feat in 1968).

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What is the NBA scoring leader?

The NBA scoring leader is the player who has averaged the most points per game in the regular season. Players at or near the top of the rankings for this metric can generally be considered to be the most in-form offensive players in the NBA at that time. As a result, this stat can be useful when wagering on total or over/under markets, and certain player-based prop bets. The NBA scoring leader will also likely be among the favorites to win the MVP award.

Wilt Chamberlain holds the all-time record for most points per game in an NBA season with 50.4 for the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1961-62 season, while Michael Jordan has achieved this accolade a record 10 times.

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