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Like any sport, the National Basketball Association is a beast of its own. However, there are ways to find some value and make more informed decisions in this sport, just like any other.

What Does This Table Mean:

BTB Line - The BTB power rating system is based on recent game results and can be used to compare the relative strength of the two teams involved. The power line is calculated using both teams ratings and home field advantage. When the power line differs significantly from the current line a play is recommended. **Does not take injuries into account**

Consensus - One of the growing resources utilized by sports handicappers is the public betting information offered by a variety of sportsbooks. The Betting Consensus from the Sportsbooks shows what percentage of bets are on each side of the pointspread, total or moneyline. The information can be especially valuable in high profile games.

Opening Line - The very first set of odds or lines that is listed for a particular game or event. The opening line is essentially the first chance for the betting public to see what the linemakers think of a game.

Current Line -The latest lined received from the sportsbooks

Key Numbers - The most important to look for are four and seven. Four makes a game a two-possession game, and seven makes it a three-possession game. Late into games, seven is usually when the opposition will lay off the gas, and your favorite can feel good. However, in comeback scenarios, if there is still enough time on the clock, seven is when the opposition can really feel it, and the pressure begins to mount on the team with the lead. Seven is also the spread that results in a push the most, so if there is a number worth buying the extra half point in your favor, it would be seven.

Back to Backs

The NBA is cutting back on this because they know the effect on the players. However, favorite, or underdog, it does not matter, teams perform worse on back to back games. In the second game of back to backs in general, it is close to being a winning proposition to bet against that team blindly. However, when looking at the second game of back to back road games, they are close to being a 52% loser all-time. Before betting on or against a team, always look at where they were the night before. It does matter.

Home Court Advantage

It is also important to look at where they are actually playing. Home court advantage does matter, and it does add up over time. Given the air, and the quick in-and-out nature of the NBA schedule, it is no surprise that Denver and Utah historically have the best home-court advantages. Ruccous environments such as Golden State, Sacramento, and Indiana also feature strong home courts. This is important to note because if any of these teams are rolling at home, it is time to fire.

By BTB Staff
Feb 14, 2019 at 7:32

Expect a shootout when the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-19) and the New Orleans Pelicans (25-33) battle at Smoothie King Center. Oklahoma City opened as a 3.5-point favorite, while the game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 237 points. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 14, 2019, and it can be seen … Continue reading Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans ATS Odds Pick 02/14/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 13, 2019 at 7:44

The Minnesota Timberwolves (26-30) will be at home in the Target Center when they go head-to-head with the Houston Rockets (33-23). Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN. Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Odds Preview The Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks in their … Continue reading Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Pick 02/13/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 13, 2019 at 7:40

The Indiana Pacers (38-19) put their six-game winning streak on the line when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks (42-14) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Milwaukee opened as a 4.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 217.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, … Continue reading Milwaukee Bucks vs. Indiana Pacers Betting Pick 02/13/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 13, 2019 at 7:37

The Golden State Warriors (41-15) head to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter to meet the Portland Trail Blazers (33-23). The Warriors will try to extend their five-game winning streak. Action begins at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, and it can be seen on ESPN. Golden State Warriors vs. Portland Trail Blazers … Continue reading Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers Betting Pick 02/13/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 13, 2019 at 7:37

The New York Knicks (10-46), who are currently on a 17-game skid, look to get back in the win column when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (36-21) to Madison Square Garden. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 222.5 points with Philadelphia set as a 9.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, … Continue reading Philadelphia 76ers at New York Knicks Betting Pick 02/13/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 13, 2019 at 7:36

The Boston Celtics (36-21) will be at home in TD Garden when they take on the Detroit Pistons (26-29). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Detroit Pistons vs. Boston Celtics Free Preview The Pistons defeated the Washington Wizards in their last game, 121-112, covering as 6-point favorites. Andre Drummond … Continue reading Detroit Pistons at Boston Celtics ATS Odds Pick 02/13/19

By BTB Staff
Feb 12, 2019 at 7:36

Southwest Division foes will collide when the Memphis Grizzlies (23-34) go head-to-head with the San Antonio Spurs (32-26) at FedExForum. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 208.5 points with San Antonio opening as a 4-point favorite. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, and it can be … Continue reading San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies ATS Odds Pick 02/12/19