Basketball Sports Betting in Canada
Along with Ice Hockey and Baseball, Basketball is one of the biggest sports in Canada. Played just about everywhere on both an amateur and pro level, it is also one of the major markets for sports betting in Canada.
A top-level game attracts thousands of visitors to the stadium while millions of fans catch the action at home and bet on the outcome. While Canadian sportsbooks offer wagers on both local and overseas games, the majority of Basketball wagers are placed on the NBA. The NBA or the National Basketball Association is the largest and most prestigious league in the World. NBA betting accounts for over 90% of all the bets placed on the sports in Canada and the US. If you are just starting out, the NBA has all the action you need.
About the NBA
The NBA consists of 30 teams, 29 of which are based in the US and a single team based in Toronto Canada. Teams are split into two main conferences, namely the Eastern Conference with 15 teams and the Western Conference with 15 teams. Each conference is then split into three divisions.
The season kicks off in September after the summer break. The regular season sees each team play a total of 82 games, 41 of which are at home and 41 away. During the season, teams will face off against every other team at least twice, which means plenty of action and opportunities to make a prediction.
The regular season ends in mid-April and at the end of the month the Playoffs begin. This culminates with the Finals, which is a best-of-seven series between the victors of each conference.
All top-rated sports betting apps and bookmakers offer Basketball in some form or another. If you are putting money on the NBA, you can either bet on individual matches or the season outright. Season bets can be placed weeks or months in advance and usually involves predicting which team will win the Championships. Bets can also be placed on division winners and the two conference winners that will meet in the finals as well a Rookie of the Year and regular season MVP.
Match betting is usually the most popular with the standard money line wager being the most common. Here, you are predicting which team will with the particular game or matchup. If two teams are unevenly matched, the bookmakers will offer handicaps, where one team is given a virtual point advantage to make the odds more appealing.
Sports betting in Canada can be as simple or as complicated as you wish to make it. Most games offer a wide selection of markets that add more excitement and action to the regular match or handicap bets. Total betting is a good example where the bookmaker posts a total that is the combined score of both teams in the game. You can place a wager saying the actual total will be above or below the theoretical total posted. Other prop bets can include margin of victory, period betting, will there be overtime, double result and last team to score in each period.
Stay Informed and Make a Smart Prediction
As with all forms of wagering on sports, NBA betting requires in depth knowledge of the teams, the players and past results. Before blindly placing a wager, it is important to do as much research as possible on how a team is currently performing and how they performed last season against the same team.
There are other factors that can also influence the outcome of a game including where a match is played (home ground advantage), how many games have been played so far (season fatigue), any injuries, changes to coaching staff, travel fatigue and previous matchup results. When you make use of sports betting apps knowing a bit more about these factors will give you the edge every time you wager.