Basketball can be seen by many as a background sport because of the times it airs over in the UK, but make no mistake about it – the National Basketball Association is a HUGE deal. The NBA – as it’s more commonly known – is the premiere destination for basketball the world over. Consider it the Premier League of basketball; the money involved in some cases is astronomical and a brand new TV deal – much like the English Premier League – is coming into effect from the 2016-17 season.
The New York Knicks for instance, a team that has floundered towards the very bottom of a supposedly weaker Eastern Conference for the past few years, is the eighth most valuable sports team in the world rated at billion.
In the UK the BT Sport airs live NBA games almost every single day. There’s 82 regular season matches per franchise as well as a post season playoff, best of seven series for the top eight of both the Western and Eastern conferences. There’s also three divisions within the two separate conferences just to complicate things, but essentially it’s the final conference standings that matter in terms of championships.
That mean’s plenty of chances to use your free bets and make you own Knicks style war-chest!
The NBA season runs from late October till June and is full-throttle all the way. Apart from the All-Star weekend in February – which you can also place a multitude of bets on – there are no days off in basketball’s greatest league. Between the 30 franchises on show, there is always a game to watch.
Even if you’re not a basketball fan, chances are you will have heard of Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant to name a few. Today’s landscape has its fair share of household names too with the reigning regular season MVP Steph Curry, James Harden, Carmelo Anthony and of course, LeBron James.
To check out some of the aforementioned stars profiles, check out NBA.com.
These stars present profitable markets in themselves. Like, who will win the regular season MVP award? Rookie of the Year? Defensive Player of the Year?
As with any team sports it will come of no surprise that for each match there is a win/lose market. What tends to be the case with basketball is that there is a clear odds-on favourite in each contest which makes accumulators on the favourites a more tempting prospect and a plucky underdog selection all the more profitable.
A very popular bet, as with most American sports, is the point spread, otherwise known to you and me as handicap betting. In any market the bookies typically favour the home side, but this rule especially rings true in basketball where home-court advantage is considered the be all and end all to many sports fans.
The odds will reflect this night in, night out. The Warriors, who have as of February 10th have won 42 straight at home, can be commonly found at as high as 1/50!
The in-play markets particularly thrive amongst punters. When betting for free on basketball, doing so prior to the game can leave you stumped when your favourite superstar has quiet night. The NBA is played at break-neck speed and with five or six lead changes a game certainly the norm, it can be prudent to keep your finger on the pulse and place your money wisely. All the best odds and tips from us at Monsterbet.co.uk can be found in our preview section and the basketball homepage to keep you ahead of the game.
Other markets you can use your free basketball bet on include:
The best of the action may be restricted to America but that does not stop punters around the world getting to view the games and place their bets with all major bookmakers offering odds and some providing live streaming of the contests. Coral are an excellent choice of bookmaker when it comes to basketball.
When you decide which freebet you want to take advantage of you simple need to register with the relevant bookmaker and place it – and we make it as simple as possible for you. Click on the link to your preferred bookie on the left of this page and it’ll pop you through to their homepage.
Once you’ve arrived on the desired site, you follow the straight forward instructions to register with them. This part is painless and will take a couple of minutes max. You will then be ready to find basketball in the sportsbook and make your selection. Clicking on the odds will transfer the bet to the betting slip and the bookie will take you from there.
The Boston Celtics hold the record number of NBA Championships with 17 victories, most of which they secured in the glory-laden 60’s and 80’s. Players like Bill Russell and Larry Bird – largely considered two of the best to ever play the game – were the spine of these victories and the Celtics look a comfortable playoff team today, if not quite the force they once were.
The Lakers weigh in next with 16, five of which the legendary Kobe Bryant oversaw. His famous pairing with Shaquille O’Neal made for an exciting period in the 00’s, but older fans will point to Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson as the pillars of the successful organisation. Today, they are languishing at the foot of the Western conference in the midst of a rebuild with Bryant imminently retiring.
The Chicago Bulls are third on the list of NBA Championship with six, some 11 title off second. Michael Jordan is the obvious orchestrator there and he is still widely regarded as the greatest player to ever play the game. The Bulls are one of the top teams in the East today and MJ is an owner of the Charlotte Hornets.
The current NBA MVP is the point guard for the reigning NBA Champions the Golden State Warriors, Steph Curry. The three-point king inherited the throne from offensive machine and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and the winner before him? LeBron James - for the fourth time!