How to Bet on NBA Games Online

How to Bet on NBA Games Online

Betting on the NBA is extremely popular here in the US, especially among those of us who bet online. In this article, we’ll list the things to bear in mind when betting on the NBA on online betting sites.

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Check state regulations

One of the most important things to check before betting on any sports online is to check the regulations for your state (or the state that you will be physically present in when you bet). At the time of writing this, 25 states have legalized sports betting, and many have online sports betting.

That said, the list keep growing so check our list of states that have online betting before you move on to the next step: choosing which site to bet on.

If you can bet online in your state, then you betting on the NBA will be an option by default. Sportsbooks feature several NBA betting markets as it is one of the most popular sports to bet on.

Select an online sportsbook

The next step would be to find a list of all available online sportsbooks in your state. Depending on the sports betting market there could be several options or just a few.

There are many different ways to choose an online sportsbook, but it is essential to shop around before choosing one. Look at the bonus offers provided from each site before you sign up for one.

Most states allow you to sign up for an account online, making the sign-up process easy. You will also want to download the mobile app available from that sportsbook so that you can bet when you are on the move.

What types of NBA bets can you place?

After you have registered for a sports betting account, the next step would be to pick what type of bet(s) you want to make.

You will find many available NBA betting markets regardless of which sportsbook you choose and here is a brief overview of some of the top NBA bets you will see offered from sportsbooks. 


A moneyline bet is one of the easiest to understand as you are simply picking the winner of an NBA game. Each team will have betting lines attached to them, and you will be given the opportunity to bet on the winner. 


Arguably the most popular NBA betting option is what is called totals or over/under betting. This type of bet deals with the total points scored in an NBA game by both teams.

Here, you do not bet on which team will win the game, which takes some time to get used to for new bettors.


Another popular NBA bet is what is known as betting against the spread. This bet adds another layer to the money line bet, but you don’t necessarily have to bet on the winning team. 

A spread bet focuses on the difference in the final score, and you can bet on a losing team to “cover the spread.”


In-play or live betting is done during the game and often on your mobile phone since these bets need to be made quickly.

You can make an in-play wager on moneyline, total, or spread bets with this option, and the odds will be changing in real-time.

Happy Betting!



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