Basketball is the second most popular sport to bet on in the United States, trailing just behind football. The National Basketball Association gives sports bettors some great opportunities throughout the regular season, and things get even more heated up during the NBA Playoffs.
This doesn’t mean that betting the NBA is easy, but it can be profitable if you have a solid plan going in. Here are three keys to remember when betting the NBA to give you the best chance to be successful.
Check For Injuries and Load Management
Even though basketball isn’t as violent and dangerous and professional football, injuries still play a huge role in games, and especially in betting. It’s important to do plenty of research before placing any kind of bet, and when it comes to the NBA, then you need to be focusing on the injury report.
NBA teams aren’t required to be quite as extensive with their injury report as they are in the NFL, but they also aren’t allowed to hide information either.
With all of the technology and information available today, it is pretty easy to find out what player or players will be sitting out for a certain team. Other players sit out routinely for what is known as “load management,” which can also play a huge role in the outcome of a basketball game.
Sportsbooks will have this information as well, and they will adjust the lines accordingly, but you also need to have a good idea of who will be suiting up or sitting out before making any bets.
Look at Recent Trends/Schedule
You also need to look at recent trends and the schedule for each team before betting the NBA game. The NBA season is long, and even the best teams are going to go through some rough times at some point. Looking at the record or playoff standings simply isn’t good enough when it comes to determining how a team is playing at that time.
The location of a certain game can also really affect the outcome as some teams play much better at home than they do on the road.
There are reasons that some teams go on long winning streaks throughout the year, and the same can be said for long losing streaks. It is your job to look into the recent trends and determine what the information means.
Even though every game is different, looking at recent betting trends can help you make some predictions.
Have a Bankroll Management Plan in Place when betting the NBA
Another key to making betting the NBA profitable is to have a solid bankroll management plan in place. This key doesn’t really have anything to do with basketball, but it might be the most important if you plan on winning some money.
A bankroll management plan involves several different components, and it can look different for every person.
The most important factor of a bankroll management plan is to choose your bankroll and then determine your unit size. Your “unit” is the amount of money that you are willing to bet on with every wager.
This is all on personal preference, but it can play a huge role in determining if you will be profitable or not.