Betting on NBA basketball is a fun and exciting hobby. As a fan of the game, I’ve tried to earn a little extra income by betting on the game I love. It hasn’t worked out. Below I will tell you about some common mistakes I made and hopefully you won’t fall into the same traps.
Betting on the Stars
When a game is pretty much a tossup, I usually put my money on the team with the best player. I can’t tell you how many bets I’ve lost putting my money and faith in Tracy McGrady, the star of the Houston Rockets. he is a classic example of a player that for whatever reason, can not win the big game. His teams are always competitive but he has never won a 1st round playoff series. Betting on experienced players and teams that have had the core group of guys together longer is a better strategy.
Betting the Underdog Home Team
This is not a bad betting strategy once and awhile, but you can’t rely on upsets to make you money. if the 10 and 2 Boston Celtics were traveling to the 3 and 7 New Jersey Nets for a game, the safe bet would be to put money on Boston. a majority of the time you will win this bet. Betting on New Jersey is a risky bet that might payout a little better, but you will lose money in the long run trying to predict when a lousy home team will knockoff a powerhouse road time.
Not Factoring In Teams Playing a 2 Games in 2 Nights
The NBA schedule is set up that teams play 2 nights in a row pretty often. this frequently involves late night travel from one city to another and as a result, less sleep and some fatigue. when you are betting, you have to take this factor into account. Teams don’t play as well on the second night of a back to back and you have to bet accordingly.
Not Checking Injury Reports
This is an obvious one but a mistake I have made in the past. You have to check the injury reports before placing a bet. this should be the last thing you do before putting your money down. if the stars aren’t playing, this is a huge factor. if some role players aren’t playing, this can also have a major impact on the outcome of the game. As a general rule, role players play a little better at home than on the road.
NBA betting is difficult to win and win consistently. To make any serious money, you have to devote a lot more time and effort than just looking at the lines for the game. Be aware of the factors I discussed in this article and don’t place a bet you don’t feel confident in.