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Pacing yourself for the NBA Season

         Learn to choose carefully, at the right time, as well as understand some of the NBA’s less known tricks in betting

13 NBA Betting Tips

It’s October, and that means that basketball is right around the corner. Here are some NBA betting tips to help you win your wagers throughout the NBA season.

1. Look for reasons to bet against the public teams. Certain teams always get treated like champions even when they don’t play like champions. The Lakers are a prime example of this theory. Yes, Kobe is a great player, but one great player isn’t enough of a reason to pay a premium when wagering.

2. Play the over/under for value. The totals wager is one where you can really get some value if you do your homework. Look for high scoring teams at home, teams with good shooting percentages and teams that make a lot of threes. And, of course, look for teams that don’t play defense. Be careful with the overs early in the season, though, until the shooters really hit their stride and the defenses soften up.

3. Take a look at the player prop bets. This is another place to find some value, especially with a superstar player getting an unusually high or low number. Check the player’s average stats per game, and then take a look at how he has done against individual teams in the past. Make sure to be confident in your pick however, because these wagers come with inflated juice.

4. Don’t forget about futures bets before the season begins. If you have a good line on how you think a team will fare, don’t be afraid to lay some wood on it. Make sure you bet money that you don’t mind having tied up for the duration of the season.

5. Do your homework. Scour injury reports, study the box scores, watch as many games as you can and read the relevant websites, including the sites of the local papers of the teams you are following. Being a winning gambler is about exploiting tiny edges, and so the more you know, the more it may help you. Use caution though, because the people who set the lines will probably have even more information than you do.

6. Specialize. Pick a couple of teams that you can devote some time to follow closely, and a particular type of bet that you feel comfortable with, and try to get an advantage in this way. Keep it simple.

7. Consider the halftime lines. Watch the first half of a game that you’re wagering on, see what’s going on, who’s hot, who’s in foul trouble, etc., then check the second-half lines, and wager from a position of strength, if you feel that you are getting good value on your bet.

8. Always shop around for the best lines. The Internet makes this easy to do. Open a few accounts and do not overpay for a wager. A point here or there may not seem like much, but over the long term, it’s absolutely huge.

9. Be responsible. Don’t bet money you can’t afford to lose, and be sure to employ the principles of sound money management. Use a percentage of bankroll system whereby you bet the same small percentage of your total bankroll (say 1 percent) on each individual wager. This protects your downside while increasing the amount of your wagers as your bankroll grows.

10. The most important decision you make as a gambler may be deciding which games NOT to bet on. Part of the advantage that you have as an individual gambler is the ability to pick and choose which games you want to bet on, and which ones to pass on.

11. The new ball being introduced this year may not make a lot of difference one way or another, but pay close attention to the scoring, especially early in the season, when there may be some value to be gained with the unders.

12. Focus on match-ups when picking sides, position by position. Also, take a look at a team’s recent performance, and for instance, where it is on a road trip. If an east-coast team is at the end of a long road trip out west, they may be looking ahead to the trip home and not play as well as the other factors would suggest.

13. Pace yourself. The NBA is a marathon, not a sprint. Remember, it’s a long season, and there will be ups and downs. Try to go with the flow, and learn as much as you can as the season progresses. Hopefully, by the end, you will be up.

Well, hopefully you are a little more prepared for the NBA season. Eighty-two games from now, you will have another year under your belt. But for now, have fun and good luck, and remember, it’s only a game.

Manage your bets based on knowing your teams

        Find out how College basketball betting differs from the NBA, and how to adjust your betting to suit this

College Basketball Betting

It’s all about March Madness. The rush of excitement. The thrill of victory. The crushing agony of defeat. However, first teams must play out a full season before being selected.

In the grand scheme of things, only a handful of the college teams are selected to the big dance. Most get there by winning their conference or the championship tournament for their conference. I bring this up, because it’s important to know.

A successful sports bettor needs to know what teams are motivated and what teams are just going through the motions.

It would be a grave mistake to assume that a team with an average record is playing for nothing. Many teams play hard throughout the season, because they have a shot at the NCAA tournament even if they are low in the conference. Another fallacy that kills sports bettors is betting NCAA basketball like it’s the NBA.

You have to remember that NCAA basketball is comprised of young adults, typically 18-21. Most don’t possess the ability to perform at a high level, to think under pressure and to rise to the occasion against all odds.

While colleges fill their basketball teams with the best talent they have available, that does not mean the team will have even one really good player. Some programs out there are just plain bad. Only a small sample of players at the college level will be drafted by the NBA. Most are just street balers going through their college years.

College basketball players are more susceptible to emotional swings than NBA players. For this reason, you must pay attention to any recent news and events swirling around the team.

For those that don’t already know, college basketball works on the spread system. For example, let’s say you have UCLA playing at Duke and Duke is -8.

You have two options. You can take Duke and lay the 8 points, which means Duke must win by more than 8 for you to win—8 is a tie and only wins on some parlay cards.

Your other option is to take UCLA and the 8 points. As long as UCLA win or does not lose by more than 7, you win. If they lose by 8, you tie.

College basketball betting also features the totals line. Not every game played will have a totals line at every sports book. The totals line is the total number of points scored by both participants at an event.

For example, if the totals line was 130, you could bet the over or the under. Take the over and you want both teams to combine for 130 or more points. Take the under and you want both teams to combine for 130 or fewer points. Totals lines in college basketball can be both profitable and tricky at the same time.

College basketball can be extremely profitable. To be a long-term winner, it’s important that you not only understand the game of basketball, but the college scene as well.

Spend time looking for news and information about the team and players.

Is there a scandal at the school?
Did the team just come off of a miracle win?

Events can swing college basketball greatly. Players are more apt to be swung by emotions. Good luck on the hardwood.

Sports Betting for NCAA and NBA

Sports Betting Top Handicappers For NCAA and NBA Games

Sports betting is a popular pastime among many sports fanatics and others who are looking for thrills. Instead of betting on casino games, whether live or online, many people prefer betting on sports games because they offer more exciting factors, including the skills of the players, historical statistics, and its own slice of chance. But like any other favorite betting endeavor, sports betting also has traps that can lure the ignorant and the uninitiated. It’s important to read information and get tips on essential aspects of sports betting, especially if you want to become part of the list of sports betting top handicappers.

Both the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or the NCAA, and the National Basketball Association, or the NBA, have tournament handicapping tips that need to be discovered in order for you to get the best of your money or even more than your money’s worth, if you get really lucky. Sports betting top handicappers, the term used collectively to refer to experts in sports betting handicapping, mark the big difference in cashing in more of the sports betters’ wagers.

As with any other sports included in the vast coverage of sports betting, money management is important. This is often the first and most important tip that sports betting top handicappers tell sports fanatics who like to bet on sports games. Most people who bet on NCAA and/or NBA games think they’d have a better chance at taking home a bigger amount of money if they raise their bets during the peak time of the season. For the NCAA, this period is referred to as the March Madness season; for the NBA, this period simply pertains to The Playoffs.

However, raising your bet during these critical periods is not advisable. It is best to stick to the money management system you have been using the entire season. If you haven’t found a reliable money management system, find one as soon as possible (through the help of sports betting top handicappers, if you wish) instead of plunging clueless with a lot of money just because of the hype.

Usually, bettors tend to get down during the first day of the NCAA tournament or the first day of the NBA playoff series; then, they will double down the following day to try to get back all of the money they lost or to keep their winnings big and consistent. However, the NCAA tournament and the NBA playoff series run a long time, unlike the Super Bowl which is just a single game. This means that there are several games spread out in weeks. The wise thing to do, according to sports betting top handicappers, is to make a little each day. This little will amount to a big chunk in the end.

Indeed, money management is vital in your success as a confident and strategic sports bettor. If you want to be a top handicapper at sports betting, learn more about the different options in handling the money you’ve allotted or should allot for betting.