The traditional money line and handicap wagers are the most popular when it comes to betting on basketball but for those looking for a different type of bet there are other options they might want to consider. Here is a look at advanced basketball betting types.
Half & Quarter Betting
The half or quarter betting allows basketball fans to play a bet on the result after a quarter or half of the game instead of for the full 48 minutes. You can bet on the first quarter, second quarter, third quarter or fourth quarter as well as what you think the outcome of the game will be in the first or second half. The key is to limit the size of the wager with plenty of options based on how you think the game will go. Betting on the later quarters or the second half can allow you to get a feel for the game by watching the early action before making a decision on how you think the game will play out.
Betting Basketball Multiples
This bet is made up of a combination of two or more picks in one or more games and requires each individual wager in order to win the overall bet. The more games you select the better your likelihood to win. You can bet on multiple games or you can bet on multiple quarters or halves on the same slates. The key is finding the best possible value without going too heavy on the accumulator and ending up in a situation where you are losing one or two bets that cost you the chance to make some serious money.
As is the case with the NFL, you can bet teasers in basketball in order to move the lines in the direction you want them to go. For example, if you like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors to win at -5.5 and -3.5 respectively then you could use a three-point teaser and shift the lines for a small price. If you did a three-point teaser then the Cavaliers would move to -2.5 while the Raptors would move to -0.5. The teaser bet works the same way that it does in the NFL as you get additional points to add to your parlay in exchange for a small price.
Proposition bets, which are better known as prop bets, focus on individual angles of the game rather than the overall outcomes. For example, if you think LeBron James is in store for a big game then rather than betting on the Cavaliers to win or cover a spread you could look to his individual prop bet and bet on whether he will score more or less points than the number that the sportsbook has assigned him for his point total. The prop bets aren’t as popular as some of the other wagers on this list but they are a different way to have some fun and add to the entertainment of betting on basketball with a more narrow focus.