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How to be successful in NBA gaming.

Next to the NFL, the NBA has a huge following and correspondingly large wagering pool, which can make it difficult for a casual gamer. injury news is the biggest factor in NBA betting and it will be announced before a slate game, changing the odds on the spread, moneyline and total in a major way.

By using SportCenter.com's tools, news feeds and wagering data, you'll be equipped to handle all of the idiosyncrasies of NBA sports gaming and help point you to the best opportunities each day.

Explain a point spread in NBA Odds?

A point spread is a bet on the margin of victory. For example, if the Los Angeles Clippers are favored by three points over the Chicago Bulls -- displayed as -3 at a sportsbook -- you are betting the Clippers will win by more than 3 points.

If the Bulls, who will have a positive spread number at +3 in our example, either win the game or lose by 1 or 2 points, they will cover and win the bet. If the game finishes with the Clippers winning by exactly 3 points, it's a push and both Bulls and Clippers bettors are refunded their money.

What is meant by total bet in an NBA game?

The total is a bet also referred to as an over/under on the total number of points scored in a game.

For example, if a game between the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia 76ers has a total of 230 points, you can bet either the over or under. If you bet the over, you'd need the two teams to combine for 231 points to win. If they score 229 or fewer, you would lose, and if the game finishes at 230 points exactly, you push and are refunded your bet.

Explain how moneylines work in NBA gaming?

A moneyline is a bet on the winner of the game. Everything in American moneyline odds is based on winning $100 -- if the Sixers are -200, that means you need to risk $200 to win $100. If the Bulls are +150, you'll win $150 if you risk $100. It is not required that you bet $100, of course -- it scales up and down based on how much you want to wager. You can use an odds converter to calculate moneyline winnings.