How to Bet on Basketball

Basketball betting is similar to football betting. Most bets are made against the point spread total. The odds are 11 to 10 on straight bets.

Basketball Betting Example:

7:00 PM 201 WASHINGTON   218 +130
  202 NEW YORK -4 ½   -150

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 In the example, New York is favored by 4 ½ points. New York must win the game by 5 points or more for a player to win his bet. If the player bets Washington (+4 ½), they must win the game outright or lose by four points or less for the player to win. There is no possibility of a tie because a ½-point line is used.

The number 218 in this example is the Total (also called Over/Under is the combined number of points scored by both teams). The player can wager that the final score will be more or less than this number. All points scored in overtime count in the final score. When wagering on totals the odds are 11 to 10, unless stated otherwise. For example, the player would lay $55 to win $50 or $110 to win $100, etc.

Basketball parlay rules are the same as football. A player can combine 2 to 10 teams into a single parlay wager. All teams must win, i.e. cover the pointspread.

In basketball, we offer 4, 4 ½ , 5, and 6 point teasers. A teaser allows the player to add extra points on an underdog or subtract points on a favorite on multiple games. Like a parlay, a teaser is a loss if any selected side loses. Teasers also pay less than a parlay, since the spreads are adjusted to the player’s advantage.

Ready to Try Betting on Basketball – College or Pro?

Depending on your location, either download the Nevada app, or if you’re going to be betting in New Jersey, download the New Jersey app, or bet on your desktop at the William Hill Online sportsbook!

Or, do you want to bet at a physical location? Find a location near you now!

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