The National Basketball Association (NBA) format and season
The NBA includes 30 teams which play in the Eastern Conference (15 teams) and the Western Conference (15 teams). Each conference is subdivided into 3 divisions. Eastern Conference divisions are known as Atlantic, Central and Southeast. Western Conference divisions are known as Northwest, Pacific and Southwest.
Playoffs and NBA Finals
NBA playoffs start in late April with 8 teams from each conference and compete for the championship. Playoff games happen between the winners of each of the 3 divisions and the team with the next best record from the conference. These 4 teams are given the top 4 seeds, and the 4 teams with the next best records are given the lower 4 seeds.
The playoffs has a knockout tournament format. Every team plays an opponent in a best-of-seven format in each conference. The winners of each conference will play in the NBA Finals to select the champion.
This is an outright market. You make a wager on a team at given odds.
First half moneyline
This in an outright market to decide which team leads at halftime.
First quarter moneyline
This is an outright market to decide which team leads at the end of the first quarter.
In this market, the favorite is allocated a number of points with a minus (-) sign. For instance, if the Boston Celtics are shown -10.5, the team needs to win by more than this figure for you to gain your bet.
First-half point spread
This market finishes at halftime. Handicap rules apply.
First quarter point spread
This market finishes at the end of the first quarter. Handicap rules apply.
Total points over/under
The total number of points won by both teams decides the winner of this market.
First half total points
The total number of points won by both teams at halftime decides the winner of this market.
First quarter total points
The total number of points won by both teams at the end of the first quarter decides the winner of this market.
Having a good betting strategy is an important component to earning money on the Betfair exchange. Spotting trends can be especially lucrative when trading on the exchange. For example, the Oklahoma City Thunder averages 119.0 points in their last 4 games when shooting 51.4%. This is a typical example of a team which must be followed in the short term until their form begins to level off. No team can maintain this level of play for extended periods, so it is essential to stop when the numbers fall.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Milwaukee Bucks recently dropped to 2-21 against Western Conference opponents. This is an example of a longer-run trend which can pay dividends. This team should be opposed till they win 2 or 3 consecutive games against the West.
Understanding when to bet against the market is important to secure a profit. One strategy we want to introduce you is to back a team with a double-digit deficit at halftime.
Always back a team which has a winning record and play a team with a losing record. Statistics are invaluable when trading on basketball, and we find them especially invaluable when trading in play. At halftime we go to NBA.com and check the relevant percentages of the game we want to trade on. For instance, the Miami Heat might be trailing the Orlando Magic by 15 points at the interval. Orlando may shoot the ball at 55%, but their average is just 44.4%. They will be unlikely to go on to shoot at this level for the whole game, so they had better be opposed. On the other hand, Miami is averaging 50.7% for the season, and according to this percentage, the team is likely to stage a comeback. A win bet on Miami should be made.
The form at NBA.com is rather user – friendly, you can read both defensive and offensive stats on one page. The page features a filter icon where you can add or remove statistics to meet your needs. We use this filter to read first-half statistics. This helps me to make an informed decision fast.