The pro basketball season is now well underway, and with new games to wager on every single night, it’s tough to steer clear of NBA wagering on at least one or two games. It’s a long season, though, and the last thing you want to do is blow your bankroll during the first couple of months of the season.
This means that you need to have some patience and look for value in the NBA games that you choose to wager on. Let’s take a look at 5 ways you can find that value and build your bankroll.
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Home and Away Records
It’s a simple fact that some teams perform better at home than they do on the road, while others tend to be the opposite. You tend to get better value on the road team in sports betting, so look out for teams that have been great on the road going against teams that have been less than spectacular in their own building. For example, take a look at the Houston Rockets this season. They have been close to unbeatable on the road, but have struggled in home court games. Look for the better odds in their road games and you may be able to cash out some nice winning tickets.
Head to Head Records
It’s natural to look at the win/loss record of every team this season and make decisions based on that alone. Yes, the stronger teams in the league should be able to consistently win against lesser opponents, but every team has an opponent that they routinely struggle against. Look at the historical data in team match-ups to see if there may be an underdog that has a great record against a much better team.
Consider Playing ATS or Point Total
Picking SU seems the easiest way to go, but finding real value there can be tough, especially if you continually play the chalk. One or two losses can hurt your bankroll in a big way when you do nothing but bet favorites, which means you need to have a good winning percentage to consistently build your bankroll. With ATS and O/U picks, you need only win about 55% of your bets to be in profit. There are plenty of places you can go online to see how each individual team is doing in both those betting types.
Pay Attention to Injuries and Rest Days
Is there anything worse than putting a lot of money on one of the top teams in the league, only to find that they are resting a couple of their top players. The NBA season is a long one, and the better teams routinely take the opportunity to sit some of their better guys, especially if they are carrying a niggling little knock. This can drastically reduce their chances of winning or covering, making an underdog win all the more likely, which means more money in your pocket.
Stick to the Teams You Know Well
While it can be tempting to bet on every game on the NBA schedule, that method of wagering is also the one that will lead to regular losses. Try to focus on 2 or 3 teams, as this will generally mean that you will have a betting opportunity just about every night of the season. It’s easier to follow the trends of these teams, making it easier to put together bets that are informed. You will then automatically know when value bets come up.