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Handicapping

Betting NBA Totals

Betting NBA totals is one of the better wagers to make when wagering on hoops. Astute handicappers track how the team has been scoring as of late, free throw percentages and turnovers to help determine if the over or the under is the play to make. We also watch line moves and try to determine if those moves are caused by public or sharp action.

If your here to learn what NBA totals are, let us explain:

Totals wagers are based on both teams total points scored after the game is over. The bettor selects whether he/she thinks the total points scored will go over or under the posted odds made by the bookmaker.

Let's say the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Boston Celtics and the total is 184. You would select whether you think the total points scored by both teams is going to go over or under that number. If it goes over, your a winner! If it goes under, you lose. If it ties, you push and receive your stake back.

You may also see totals like 184.5. In this case, 184 wins for the under and 185 wins for the over. There is no chance of a tie when a half point is present.

It should be noted that totals are easier to beat than sides (point spreads.) This is evidenced by the sportsbooks offering lower limits on such bets.

Another neat thing about betting totals is that instead of pulling for one team, your involving both teams in your wager. The point of betting on games is to make money, however we all have the need for a little action now don't we?

Something to think about when betting totals is playing them in teasers. While we're not a huge advocate of the teaser bet, this is a great spot to apply that type of wager to a bet.

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How to Bet

Point Spread - The most basic of basketball wagers.

Moneyline - For those that simply want to bet on a team to win straight up.

Totals - Also known as an over/under. This bet has nothing to do with who which team wins or by how many. You're simply predicting if both teams points scored will exceed or fall short of the posted total.

Parlays - Multi-team wager where all must win in order to get paid. Big risk and big reward.

Teasers - Multi-team bet where you get to move the line a certain amount of points on each game. All teams must cover the teased point spreads to cash.

Pleasers - The opposite of a teaser. You're "giving" points away, making this bet a much tougher proposition to win.

Prop Bets - Wagers not having to do with which team wins the game or by how many. These usually pertain to wagers on individual players points scored, rebounds, assists, steals, etc.

NBA Futures - Bet on your favorite team to win their division, conference or the NBA Finals. A great bet for those looking to risk very little for a potentially large payoff.

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