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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.

Key Numbers

The first step is to identify key numbers. Unlike the football, where three and seven are the most important betting numbers, and unlike hockey and baseball, where lines are always set at 1.5 and adjusted via juice, basketball is a much more fluidly moving spread. However, there are some 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
Jan 18, 2018 at 9:44

  The Orlando Magic (13-31) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (26-17) battle at Quicken Loans Arena. The Magic are 10.5-point underdogs and look to snap a 10-game road losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 226 points and it will air on Fox SportsNet Florida at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 18, … Continue reading Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers Betting Prediction 01/18/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 18, 2018 at 9:42

  It figures to be a high-scoring affair as the Minnesota Timberwolves (29-17) travel to Houston to play the Rockets (30-12). Action begins at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 18, 2018, and can be seen on TNT. Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Houston Rockets ATS Odds Both teams fell in their last outing. The Rockets fell … Continue reading Minnesota Timberwolves at Houston Rockets ATS Prediction 01/18/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 18, 2018 at 9:39

  The Indiana Pacers (24-20) will travel to Moda Center at the Rose Quarter to challenge the Portland Trail Blazers (23-21). The Trail Blazers opened as 3.5-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 214 points and action gets underway at 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 18, 2018. Indiana Pacers at Portland … Continue reading Indiana Pacers vs. Portland Trail Blazers ATS Prediction 01/18/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 17, 2018 at 7:48

The Washington Wizards (25-19), 1-point underdogs, will be at Spectrum Center to meet the Charlotte Hornets (17-25) in a Southeast Division matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 211.5 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports Carolina at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Washington Wizards at Charlotte Hornets Betting Odds … Continue reading Washington Wizards vs. Charlotte Hornets ATS Prediction 01/17/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 17, 2018 at 7:47

The New York Knicks (20-24), 1-point underdogs, will travel to FedExForum to go head-to-head against the Memphis Grizzlies (14-28). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 201 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Southeast at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies Betting Odds Both … Continue reading New York Knicks vs. Memphis Grizzlies ATS Prediction 01/17/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 17, 2018 at 7:46

The Los Angeles Clippers (22-21) welcome the Denver Nuggets (23-21) to Staples Center. The Clippers will try to lengthen their five-game winning streak. Action gets underway at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, and can be seen on ESPN. Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers Betting Odds Both teams were triumphant in their … Continue reading Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles Clippers Betting Prediction 01/17/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 17, 2018 at 7:45

The Los Angeles Lakers (15-28) will travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to square off with the Oklahoma City Thunder (24-20). The game starts at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, and will air on ESPN. Los Angeles Lakers at Oklahoma City Thunder ATS Odds In their last contest, the Thunder were victorious over … Continue reading Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Free Prediction 01/17/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 17, 2018 at 7:45

The Toronto Raptors (29-13) will be 8.5-point favorites at home in Air Canada Centre when they meet the Detroit Pistons (22-20). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 213 points and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Detroit at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors … Continue reading Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Prediction 01/17/18

By BTB Staff
Jan 16, 2018 at 7:37

The Boston Celtics (34-10), the league’s top scoring defense and 4.5-point favorites, will square off against the New Orleans Pelicans (22-20) at TD Garden. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 214 points and it can be seen on NBATV at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics Betting … Continue reading New Orleans Pelicans vs. Boston Celtics ATS Prediction 01/16/18

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