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Best NBA Betting Tips

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is considered as the premier men's basketball league in the world.

Originally known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA), the NBA was founded in New York City on June 6, 1946 with just 11 teams. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association in 1949 after merging with the rival National Basketball League.

Today, through expansions, reductions, and relocations, a total of 30 teams (29 in the US and one in Canada) compete in the NBA. The 30 teams are divided into two conferences of three divisions with five teams each.

An NBA season begins in late September with the opening of training camps. This allow the coaching staff to evaluate players and determine the 12-man active roster (and a 3-man inactive list) with which they will begin the regular season.

The regular season starts in the last week of October. Through the course of the season, each NBA team plays a total of 82 games - 41 at home and 41 on the road.

During the 2020-21 season, the NBA introduced The Play-In Tournament. At the end of the regular season but before the first round of the playoffs, the team with the 7th-highest winning percentage in each conference hosts the team with the 8th-highest winning percentage in a Play-In Game (the "Seven-Eight Game"). The winner of the Seven-Eight Game in each conference will earn the No. 7 seed.

The team with the 9th-highest winning percentage in each conference will host the team with the 10th-highest winning percentage in the "Nine-Ten Game". The loser of the Seven-Eight Game will host the winner of the Nine-Ten Game in a Play-In Game, and the winner of that game in each conference will earn the No. 8 seed.

Then NBA Playoffs begin in late April, with eight teams in each conference going for the Championship. The three division winners, along with the team with the next best record from the conference are given the top four seeds. The next two teams in terms of record are given the lower two seeds and the last two seeds are the winners of the Play-In Tournament.

The NBA Playoffs follow a tournament format. Each team plays an opponent in a best-of-seven series, with the first team to win four games advancing into the next round, while the other team is eliminated from the playoffs.

The final Playoff round, a best-of-seven series between the victors of both conferences, is known as the NBA Finals, and is held annually in June. The victor in the NBA Finals wins the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy.

With an 8-month long season, so many teams and so many games to bet on, NBA punters sure have a lot of work ahead of them to be able to select winners. Here are a few tips to consider before placing an NBA bet.

1 Check the strength of the schedule

Through the course of the season, each NBA team plays six of the teams from the other two divisions in its conference four times (a total of 24 games), and the remaining four teams three times (12 games). Finally, each team plays all the teams in the other conference twice apiece (30 games).

This means that each team can go against a strong or weak team at any given night. This also means that some games are more important than others - especially when teams jockey for position or struggle to make the playoffs.

2 Consider home court advantage

It is generally perceived that home teams get the calls from the refs. But in the world of NBA betting, home court advantage is typically worth three or four points.

At the end of the 2011-2012 season, the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder were 28-5 and 26-7 at home, respectively. Meanwhile, the two worst teams, the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats were 11-22 and 4-29 at home, respectively.

Looking at the above home records, clearly the home team gets an edge.


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NHL PUCK LINES

DATE MATCHUP PUCK
Mon, Jun. 24,
08:30 pm
Edmonton Oilers at(+1.5) -285
Florida Panthers(-1.5) +240

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MLB RUN LINES

DATE MATCHUP RUN LINE
Sun, Jun. 23,
07:05 pm
New York Mets at(+1.5) -205
Chicago Cubs(-1.5) +175
Sun, Jun. 23,
03:15 pm
Washington Nationals at(-1.5) 115
Colorado Rockies(+1.5) -135
Sun, Jun. 23,
04:15 pm
Milwaukee Brewers at(+1.5) -182
San Diego Padres(-1.5) +162
Sun, Jun. 23,
02:40 pm
Kansas City Royals at(+1.5) -152
Texas Rangers(-1.5) +132
Sun, Jun. 23,
04:12 pm
Minnesota Twins at(-1.5) -107
Oakland Athletics(+1.5) -113

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WNBA POINT SPREADS

DATE MATCHUP SPREAD
Sun, Jun. 23,
03:05 pm
New York Liberty at(-9) -110
Atlanta Dream(+9) -110
Sun, Jun. 23,
03:05 pm
Dallas Wings at(+1) -115
Washington Mystics(-1) -105

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MLS MONEY LINES

DATE MATCHUP MONEY
Sat, Jun. 22,
08:40 pm
Nashville SC+155
New York City+183
Draw +245
Sat, Jun. 22,
08:40 pm
Minnesota United-153
Austin FC+420
Draw +320
Sat, Jun. 22,
08:40 pm
St. Louis City-102
Atlanta United+265
Draw +290
Sat, Jun. 22,
10:40 pm
Seattle Sounders-168
Dallas+510
Draw +310
Sat, Jun. 22,
10:40 pm
Los Angeles FC-315
San Jose Earthquakes+765
Draw +525
Sat, Jun. 22,
09:40 pm
Colorado Rapids-270
Montreal+750
Draw +435

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2024 Stanley Cup Finals Game 3: Florida Panthers vs. Edmonton Oilers

June 14, 2024

Watch the Florida Panthers beat the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, at Rogers Place on Thursday night to take a commanding 3-0 lead in this year's Stanley Cup Finals. Credits to the video owner.


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College Basketball Betting Tips

A total of 347 schools compete in 32 Division I basketball conferences. However, only 68 teams qualify for "March Madness" or the "Big Dance".

Thirty-one teams earn automatic bids as conference champions. The remaining thirty-seven tournament slots are determined by a special Selection Committee appointed by the NCAA. The committee also determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket.

With lots of teams and matchups to bet on, college basketball bettors surely have a lot to choose from. Here are a few college basketball betting tips to consider before making your pick.

1 Surely, there's home court advantage

Don't expect the referees' calls to go the home team's way. But College Basketball's home courts can be a crazy mix of loud, drunk and fanatic students and alumni.

The energy that the fans give is a sure shot of adrenalin for the home team, while it can be a pressure cooker waiting to explode for the visiting team.

Thus, a team may be particularly good at home but totally mediocre on the road. It is said that the difference between a home and road game is as much as 10 points.


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