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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
Feb 13, 2018 at 7:20

The Sacramento Kings (17-38) will travel to American Airlines Center to go head-to-head with the Dallas Mavericks (18-39). Action gets underway at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and can be seen on NBC Sports – California. Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks ATS Odds Both teams lost in their last contest. The Mavericks … Continue reading Sacramento Kings at Dallas Mavericks Betting Prediction 02/13/18

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Feb 13, 2018 at 7:19

The Cleveland Cavaliers (33-22) will travel to Chesapeake Energy Arena to clash against the Oklahoma City Thunder (32-25). Action gets underway at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and can be seen on TNT. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ATS Odds Both teams blew out their last opponent. The Thunder defeated the … Continue reading Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder ATS Prediction 02/13/18

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Feb 13, 2018 at 7:17

It figures to be a high-scoring affair as the Houston Rockets (42-13), 2.5-point favorites, travel to Minnesota to take on the Timberwolves (35-24). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 222 points and it can be seen on ATTSN Southwest at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Odds … Continue reading Houston Rockets at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Prediction 02/13/18

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Feb 13, 2018 at 7:15

The Atlanta Hawks (18-39), 7.5-point underdogs, will travel to BMO Harris Bradley Center to take on the Milwaukee Bucks (31-24). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 208 points and it will air on Fox Sports Net Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Atlanta Hawks at Milwaukee Bucks Betting Odds … Continue reading Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks Betting Prediction 02/13/18

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Feb 12, 2018 at 7:39

The New York Knicks (23-34) and the Philadelphia 76ers (28-25) clash at Wells Fargo Center. The Knicks are 11.5-point underdogs and will attempt to snap their six-game losing streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 208 points and it will air on NBATV at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 12, 2018. New … Continue reading New York Knicks vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Prediction 02/12/18

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Feb 12, 2018 at 7:39

The Detroit Pistons (27-28) will be 4.5-point favorites at home in Little Caesars Arena when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans (29-26). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 218 points and it will air on Fox Sports – Detroit at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 12, 2018. New Orleans Pelicans at … Continue reading New Orleans Pelicans at Detroit Pistons Betting Prediction 02/12/18

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Feb 11, 2018 at 7:36

The Memphis Grizzlies (18-36) and the Oklahoma City Thunder (31-25) square off at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Grizzlies look to put an end to their five-game losing streak. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, 2018, and will air on Fox SportsNet Oklahoma. Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Odds … Continue reading Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Prediction 02/11/18

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Feb 11, 2018 at 7:35

A 12-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Minnesota Timberwolves (34-24), who will be 13-point favorites when they welcome the Sacramento Kings (17-37) to Target Center. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 213 points and it can be seen on NBC Sports – California at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, … Continue reading Sacramento Kings at Minnesota Timberwolves Betting Prediction 02/11/18

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Feb 11, 2018 at 7:35

The Houston Rockets (41-13) welcome the Dallas Mavericks (18-38) to Toyota Center. The Rockets are a 13-point favorite and look to extend their seven-game winning streak. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 216.5 points and it can be seen on NBATV at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Dallas Mavericks vs. … Continue reading Dallas Mavericks at Houston Rockets Betting Prediction 02/11/18