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There are quite a number of different basketball bets that you can make including straight wagers, point spread, futures and props. Each of the bets varies from each other in different ways and it’s vital to your betting success that you understand what each of the bets is. When you limit yourself as a new capper to only betting on which team you think is going to win it can have a negative impact on your bottom line.

One of the most popular basketball bets that players make today is a second half bet which is simply betting on the moneyline or point spread of the second half of any given game. By betting on the second half you’ll have an understanding on how well both of the team’s are playing that night because you’ll have been able to watch the first half of the game. The following are the types of bets that you can make on a basketball game or basketball season.

Types of Basketball Bets

    • Straight Wagers - Betting on which team will win and betting on the over/under of a posted point total. You can wager on an entire game, 1st half, 2nd half, 1st quarter, 2nd quarter, 3rd quarter or 4th quarter with straight wager bets.
    • Point Spread – In basketball the juice is often high on straight wager moneyline bets and due to this a lot of cappers will only bet on the point spread of a game. Bookies will post point spread odds for each quarter, each half and for the entire game just like straight wagers.
    • Future & Prop Bets – Bookies will post lots of different prop bets for a basketball game including total assists by a player, total points by a player, total rebounds by a player, player vs. player match-ups and much more. Future bets is where you need to make the wager at the start of the season on an outcome that you won’t find out until the end of the season. For instance, you can bet on who will win each division and conference as well as the NBA championship.

In order to understand all of the different bets above you’re going to need to learn how to read two different types of odds including the moneyline and point spread.

The moneyline odds are simple to read and you should have no problem understanding them.

    • Chicago Bulls +120 vs. Atlanta Hawks -125

To determine the favorite and underdog on a moneyline wager you need to look for the symbol before the posted odds. If it’s a (+) sign then that means the book pays juice whereas if it’s a (-) sign you’d be paying the juice. In the above example if you bet on the Bulls you’d only need to wager $100 to win $120. If you bet on the Hawks you’d need to wager $125 just to win $100 because they’re the favourite for the game.

The point spread odds will generally always have $.10 lines although it will depend on which book you play with.

    • Chicago Bulls +4 vs. Atlanta Hawks -4

The odds will be the same on a point spread bet for both teams and generally the odds will be -110 for both of the teams. With a point spread wager the favorite team needs to win by a pre-determined amount of points. In the example above the Hawks need to win by 5 to win and the Bulls could lose by 3 and win. If the game ends with the Hawks winning by 4 points then the game is a push.