Latest NBA Betting Lines

The 2013-2014 NBA basketball season is now underway! For US bettors, the best NBA betting sites are BetOnline.com and Bovada.lv. BetOnline offers Visa, MasterCard, and other deposit options for US bettors. Bovada accepts Visa and other non-credit card deposit options.

Throughout the season, we’ll be posting predictions for the best games. We’ll also show you where to get the best value for point spread, money line and over/under bets. Bookmark this page for quick access to the latest NBA lines.

2013-2014 NBA Season – Betting Lines

Matchups

U.S. Welcome

U.S. Welcome
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Dallas Mavericks
San Antonio Spurs
1:05 PM
+9.5 -110
-9.5 -110
+430
-535
o205.5 -110
u205.5 -110
+110.0 +9
-110.0 -9
+425
-550
o205.5 -110
u205.5 -110
Charlotte Bobcats
Miami Heat
3:30 PM
+9.5 -110
-9.5 -110
+475
-605
o188.0 -110
u188.0 -110
+110.0 +10
-110.0 -10
+475
-650
o188.0 -110
u188.0 -110
Washington Wizards
Chicago Bulls
7:05 PM
+4.5 -110
-4.5 -110
+170
-195
o180.5 -110
u180.5 -110
+110.0 +4
-110.0 -4
+170
-200
o180.5 -110
u180.5 -110
Portland Trail Blazers
Houston Rockets
9:35 PM
+5.5 -115
-5.5 -105
+190
-220
o214.5 -110
u214.5 -110
+110.0 +5
-110.0 -5
+175
-210
o214.5 -110
u214.5 -110
Monday, April 21, 2014
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Clippers
10:35 PM
+8.0 -110
-8.0 -110
+190
-220
o211.5 -110
u211.5 -110
+110.0 +7
-110.0 -7
-110
-110
o212.0 -110
u212.0 -110
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Atlanta Hawks
Indiana Pacers
7:00 PM
+7.0 -110
-7.0 -110
+190
-220
o187.0 -110
u187.0 -110
+110.0 +7
-110.0 -7
-110
-110
o187.0 -110
u187.0 -110
Brooklyn Nets
Toronto Raptors
7:35 PM
+4.5 -115
-4.5 -105
+190
-220
o187.5 -110
u187.5 -110
+110.0 +4
-110.0 -4
-110
-110
o188.0 -110
u188.0 -110

Bovada.lv NBA Lines

When they become available, the current NBA lines from the Bovada Sportsbook will show up below. It is an automatically updating feed that comes straight from the book. If the lines aren’t appearing, it means that none are currently posted. Bovada accepts players from all over the world, including the US and Canada. Click on any of the odds links to place a bet.

A Few Basketball Wagering Tips

For the beginning of the season, you’ll probably get more value betting on underdogs than favorites. Big-name free agent signings & trades don’t always translate into immediate wins, but excited fans will bet heavier on these teams anyway. Look for good point spreads on underdogs, and teams that consist of the same 5 starters as they had last season. Early in the season, teams consisting of players that know each other and play well together have a healthy intangible that doesn’t show up in the odds.

As the season progresses and new players adjust to their new teams, bettors need to adjust to this as well. We should see more accurate point spreads & money lines, and we’ll need to do more homework.

How to Read the Lines

Every sportsbook offers point spreads, money lines, and over/unders (totals). At sportsbooks who accept US players, NBA betting lines are typically posted in American odds. If you’re not from the United States, or are more familiar with decimal or fractional odds, most sites offer their odds in any format the bettor prefers. For this article, we’re using American odds to explain how to read NBA betting lines.

American Betting Odds

American odds use a minus (-) sign to indicate how much money is required to wager in order to win $100 in profit. For example, -120 means that $120 would need to be wagered in order to win $100 in profit. Plus (+) signs indicate how much would be won from a $100 wager. So, +120 means that a $100 wager would turn a $120 profit.

Bettors often confuse American odds with money lines, so lets clarify the difference. American odds are a way of showing the wager amount versus the profit amount (a way of showing the odds). Money lines are a type of bet. The confusion is caused by the fact that point spread, totals, and other wagers also show the point spread, point total, or some other number alongside the odds. In a money line bet, all that appears are the odds. Since money lines are often posted in American odds, people confuse the two. Here’s an example:

Point Spread Bets

Boston Celtics: +2.5 (-110)
Los Angeles Lakers: -2.5 (-110)

In this point spread example, the Boston Celtics are the underdogs, being given 2.5 points. The Los Angeles Lakers are the favorites, giving up 2.5 points. Since a point spread is being used to handicap the game, both sides require a $110 wager to win $100 in profit.

Money Lines

Boston Celtics: +140
Los Angeles Lakers: -160

In money line bets, no point spread is used. There is no handicap on the game, which means that underdogs pay more profit if they win. In the money line example above, since the Lakers are favored, a bet of $160 would result in a profit of $100. For the underdog Celtics, a $100 wager would produce a $140 profit.

Money lines can also be viewed in fractional or decimal format. When you’re looking at the lines at an online sportsbook, look for a button that allows you to change the odds format. Most books allow bettors to choose from American, decimal, or fractional odds.

Over/Unders

Over/unders, also called totals, are bets based on the combined score of both teams in a game. The bettors job is to predict if the teams will score more (over), or fewer (under) points than the total. They look like this:

Over: 202.5 (-110)
Under: 202.5 (-110)

In this example, if you think the teams will score 203 or more combined points, you would take the over. If you think they’ll score 202 or fewer points, you’d take the under. In both cases, the bettor would need to wager $110 to win $100 more. Of course bettors can wager whatever amount they like, but -110 is used for calculating the math. For example, a bet of $11 would result in a $10 profit.

If the total was 202 (or any total not using 1/2 point), and the actual game total was that exact amount, bets would push. This means that bettors would receive their original wagers back, with no win or loss.