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How, What, Who and When

You asked so we went out and got you the answers. If you landed on this page it's because you've got a hoops related question and you want an answer! Never fear, the info is here! We give you the lowdown on who, what, where and when to commonly asked basketball related questions. Enjoy!

What year did Michael Jordan join the NBA?: Jordan entered the NBA in 1984 after being selected 3rd in the draft by the Chicago Bulls.

What position did Magic Johnson play?: Magic was a point-guard by trade (and a darn good one) however he played all five positions depending on how his coach wanted to use their lineup. Yep, he even played some center and guarded big Centers such as Artis Gilmore at times!

What does NBA stand for?: National Basketball Association.

What is the diameter of a basketball?: The Men's size 7 regulation basketball has a circumference between 29.5-30 inches, it weighs 20-22 ounces, and has a diameter of 9.39 inches. The Women's basketball which measures at size 6 (regulation basketball) has a circumference between 28.5 and 28 7/8 inches, it weighs 17.5-19.5 ounces and has a diameter of 9.07 inches.

What is a basketball made of?: Leather outer coating (real NBA balls) with a rubber interior bladder.

How many players are there on an NBA team?: An NBA team has 12 active players.

How tall is a basketball hoop?: 10 feet (120 inches to the rim.)

When was the NBA created?: The National Basketball Association was founded and established in 1949 when the National Basketball League (NBL) and the Basketball Association of America (BAA.) While it was invented in 1949, some stats start back from the BAA in 1946.

How big is a basketball court?: Sizes vary depending on level of play. In the NBA/NCAA the official size is 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. In high school the size of the floor is 84 feet long by 50 feet wide In middle school (junior high), the court is 74'x42.' There are however some common things on all levels. The free throw line is ALWAYS 15 feet from the rim and the hoop stands ten feet tall.

How long does an official NBA game last?: 48 minutes. The game consists of (4) 12 minute quarters.

Which team won the first NBA Championship?: The Philadelphia Warriors.

How many teams are there in the NBA?: As of 2007, there are 30 teams in the NBA.

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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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