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NBA Betting Odds & Lines


The NBA tackled two seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic – one shortened due to lockdowns and a short turnaround between taking on a second (almost) full-length season. And while the pandemic put a huge strain on NBA franchises, the league itself, and ultimately the players, the NBA betting odds remained relatively unchanged. 

We are back on track for the 2021-2022 NBA season with more Americans fully vaccinated, mandates lifted,  the border to Canada open, and more normalcy than what we’ve experienced over the past 18 months.

NBA Regular Season

The 2021-22 NBA regular season is scheduled to begin in October and the NBA Finals will take place in June as usual. The season returned to the 82-game schedule as well. 

The teams are divided into two conferences, the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, and are then divided into three divisions. 


Atlantic Division:

  • Boston Celtics
  • Brooklyn Nets
  • New York Knicks
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • Toronto Raptors

Central Division:

  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Detroit Pistons 
  • Indiana Pacers
  • Milwaukee Bucks

South East Division:

  • Atlanta Hawks 
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Miami Heat
  • Orlando Magic
  • Washington Wizards


Northwest Division:

  • Denver Nuggets
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Utah Jazz

Pacific Division:

  • Golden State Warriors
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • Phoenix Suns
  • Sacramento Kings

Southwest Division:

  • Dallas Mavericks 
  • Houston Rockets
  • Memphis Grizzlies
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • San Antonio Spurs


Once the NBA regular season concludes, the top eight teams go on to the playoffs, where their goal is to win the conference title. 

The NBA playoffs are formatted and broken up into pairs and will play a best of seven series until a team moves on to the next round. This occurs until there are only two teams left in the conference. Once a Conference Champion is crowned, the top team from either conference will move on to the NBA Finals. 


The NBA Finals will determine the Championship team for the year. The Eastern Conference Champions will play the Western Conference Champions for the title in a best of seven series. This series is always high-energy, competitive, and gritty, so it makes for an exciting few weeks of betting. The games occur every other night, so you never have to wait too long for the next game. 


When it comes to betting on NBA odds, you will need to pay attention to the teams and follow NBA beat writers. They will help give you updates and news about certain teams and help you decide if you are making the right NBA betting decisions. 

If you haven’t bet on the NBA before, you should check out our ‘How to Bet on the NBA’ section, where you can find plenty of betting types and options and real NBA betting examples. We have a breakdown of NBA odds for you to learn more before you start wagering. 

We recommend taking advantage of the juice on NBA futures betting, as it’s a great way to make a small (or large) wager on higher, riskier odds that could pay off big time if you pick the correct outcome. And take advantage of the NBA prop odds that are available for each and every game in the regular season, as well as the NBA playoffs and NBA Finals. 

When the NBA season begins, we usually will release an NBA betting bonus for those who want to pad their bankroll leading up to the start of the season. We recommend taking advantage of this as they usually only appear every so often! 

Each team plays 82 games each NBA season, plus the playoffs series and NBA Finals series, so there are plenty of opportunities to bet on NBA games online, and we have you covered through it all. It’s simple to sign up for a BetUS sportsbook account to bet on the NBA and take advantage of the best NBA odds online.

Understanding NBA Odds

How to bet on the NBA

The NBA is one of the most popular sports to bet on in North America, coming second to the NFL. Arguably, there are more games to bet on and a longer season, so if we were looking at volume, NBA probably would win. If you’re new to betting on the NBA, you would want to first familiarize yourself with popular betting options and betting types available before you decide to jump in and start placing wagers.

We have compiled a very simple, easy-to-understand guide that will help you understand the main NBA betting types, NBA odds, and more.

Before we jump into the betting options available, you will want to learn how NBA odds work.

The odds represent how likely it is that a team wins, or if you are betting on an occurrence, how likely it is for that to happen. We will keep it simple for your NBA odds introduction: 

Let’s start with American odds as they’re commonly used in the United States, and they can quickly show you how much to bet or how much you’d win, depending on which side of the wager you are betting on. With American odds, they are displayed in larger numbers in the hundreds and have a plus or minus sign associated with them. (-150) or (+400) The higher the number on the positive side, the bigger the underdog, the higher the number on the negative side, the bigger the favorite.

If you’re looking at Decimal odds, an easy way to figure out your winnings would be to look at the number as a multiplier for your stake. If the decimal odds were 6.0, you would know that for each dollar you wager, you would win $5. This is a popular betting type in Europe and a very old method of looking at odds. 

If you’re looking at Fractional odds, you would look at each side of the fraction similarly to decimal odds. For 5/1 odds, you would win $5 for every $1 wagered. Basically, what you wager on the right, you’d win on the left.

Now that you understand the different NBA odds formats you’ll find in the sportsbook, let’s look at the betting options you’ll need to be aware of if you want to learn how to bet on the NBA.

NBA Moneyline Betting

Betting on NBA moneyline wagers is a very simple and easy-to-understand option – it’s the best place to start for beginners as you simply need to choose which team will win the game. That’s it.   


Boston Celtics -240

Miami Heat +125

What these odds show us, is that the Boston Celtics are the favored team going into this game, and where their odds are significantly higher than -110 (the baseline standard for odds) they are very likely to win this game. You would need to bet $240 to win $100 on the Celtics.

The positive number represents the underdog team, and the Heat doesn’t appear to have a great chance of winning, so if you placed a $100 wager on the Heat, and they did end up winning, you would win $125. You don’t have to bet much on big underdogs as it’s very unlikely that outcome will occur, but if you do, you’re in for some big winnings!

NBA Point Spread Betting 

If you want to kick it up a notch and start betting on NBA point spreads, we have you covered (pun intended). Not all teams are equal, and there are always underdogs and favorites in NBA betting. Our oddsmakers will select a point spread amount, let’s say:

Boston Celtics -6.5

New York Knicks +6.5 

In this game, the Celtics are still the favorite and are expected to win by more than 7 points. For a wager on them to cash, they will have to win the game by more than 7. The Knicks are the underdog and have a bit of an advantage here, as there are two options for a wager on the Knicks to win. They can either win the game outright or lose by less than 6 points.

NBA Totals

Totals betting is another very simple option, and great for those who aren’t familiar with the teams playing or don’t want to pick either team. Our oddsmakers will select a total number of points that we believe will be scored during the game, and you will decide if you think the actual number of points scored by both teams will be over or under our line. 

If the total is set at 200, and you pick the over, and the final score ends up being 103-96, the actual total is 199 and the under would be the correct wager and you’d lose. 

NBA Futures

It is popular to want to make some big bucks betting on the NBA futures and trying your hand at picking which team will win the championship months in advance. Many sports bettors will put some money on a few teams they believe will win the NBA Finals, and with the odds being so lucrative, you could win some huge money.

Even a highly favored team will have positive odds, which means you could place a $100 wager and end up with hundreds in winnings.

NBA Prop Betting 

NBA Props are available on the BetUS Sportsbook for each game during both the regular season and post-season. You can find upwards of 100 in-game props that you can bet on during the game that range from team props to player props and even some special or unique instances that might occur in a particular game (depending on who is playing).

You can bet on the total number of points Lebron James might get if the Celtics will score more points in the first quarter or first half, or do a moneyline style wager where two players in the game will face off to determine who will score more baskets. 

There are so many NBA props available you will just have to head over to the sportsbook to check out what we have available on the games tonight!


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Yes, you can bet on NBA odds from the BetUS Sportsbook during the preseason, regular season, and throughout the NBA post-season. You can find plenty of NBA odds each and every game, including in-game prop bets on unique instances that could happen in the game.
BetUS Sportsbook has an excellent selection of Vegas odds for NBA betting. You can find a wide array of betting options including moneyline wagers, point spreads, totals, prop bets and more.
It depends which NBA odds format you want to use, but we have comprehensive guides to all three main NBA odds formats that are displayed on the BetUS Sportsbook. We have American NBA odds, Fractional NBA odds and Decimal NBA odds.
Yes, betting on NBA odds is totally legal and we recommend checking with your state regulations to ensure sports betting is indeed legalized in your location. Many states are rolling out sports betting legislation and there are few places in the United States you can’t bet on sports!
BetUS Sportsbook is a great option for betting on NBA odds in the United States. You can find a great selection of odds, as well as loyalty programs and regular bonuses and promotions to take advantage of.
BetUS is a great option to bet on NBA odds online because we have a huge selection of in-game betting odds including unique prop bets that you won’t find at other sportsbooks. We have a simple sign-up process and when you create your account you are assigned your very own Account Manager that will help you with any betting help you need.
We have a comprehensive guide to help you learn how to bet on the NBA odds, you just click the How to bet on the NBA tab to learn all about moneylines, point spreads, totals, odds formatting and more.
Currently, the Brooklyn Nets are favored to win the 2021- 2022 NBA Finals.
NBA odds will show you how likely it is that a team will win the game. In the case of negative odds, you would recognize that the team is the favorite to win, and the higher the number, the more likely that team is to win. In the case of positive odds, that signifies an underdog, and the bigger the number, the less likely it is that an NBA team will win.
We are currently in the midst of the NBA Finals and the Brooklyn Nets are favored to win the NBA Finals Championship. The Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns aren’t too far behind.
We recommend following your favorite NBA teams and ensuring you keep up to date with injury reports, team statistics and follow the odds. Odds will move for a reason and understanding why the odds shifted will help you make better betting decisions.
Luckily, during the regular season, there are usually a few NBA games on any given night. You would select the games you’d like to bet on and compile them into a parlay wager. To win, all legs of your wager must win for your bet to cash.


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