Basketball is one of the fastest end-to-end spectator sports, and placing a bet on a match you’re watching can heighten the thrill even more. The best basketball apps for betting, offer loads of leagues to bet on, whilst typical bets include outright match-betting, handicap match-betting, and combined-points betting. Lots of sports books now offer odds on basketball matches from around the world, but here are our top 5 and the reasons why.
Our five best basketball betting apps
We’ve broken our guide down to show you the top 5 for betting in the USA and our top 5 for Europe (Scroll down to see the European guide).
USA based apps
Now gambling is becoming legal across the States we’ll start our guide with betting apps for US players. If you want to check out the current status of gambling in your state you can check out our state by state guide to the legislation here. Here’s our top 3 for the NBA in 2018/2019 season.
1 – Betstars
Accepts customers from New Jersey – Visit Here
Since 2007 Betstars has been providing customers with a place to bet online and via mobile based websites in certain locations around the globe and now they are available in the United States. With legislation seeping out on State level we expect the rollout to be a long a gradual process but one that will eventually encompass most US territories.
Betstars are one of the brands looking to provide an offering across as much as the region as possible and were one of the first bookmakers to open their doors to online gambling in New Jersey. They now have a full offering via a dedicated app available for New Jersey residents across both Android and iOS devices. all the big sports and events are available to wager on, both in the future and also in-play.
The app has some great features and it has to be said that the competition has some catching up to do in order to be in the same ballpark as Betstars/Pokerstars as far as online gambling is concerned.
NJ only, 21+, Terms and conditions apply
2- Play Sugar House
Play Sugarhouse is a New Jersey-based sportsbook that has a good range of NBA odds on their app. You only get the view of that day’s games and prices so there are no early prices to check, but on the flip side, they have lots of match parleys available to you.
Currently accepting customers from New Jersey currently – Visit Here
3 – Sports Interaction
Sports interaction have been a Canadian sportsbook for a number of years and were one of the first legal sports books in New Jersey. The years of experience and the quality of their platform makes the Sports Interaction app a great place to bet where it’s legal.
Accepts customers from Canada and New Jersey currently – Visit Here
NBA Betting FAQs
We want you to know all about the lines, odds, and opportunities for NBA betting. If there’s a question we don’t answer below then tweet us @bettingappscom or find us on Facebook here and we’ll find you the answer.
How do you bet on the NBA?
To bet on the NBA you need an online betting account, we’ve recommended some companies above, with funds in the account. Once you are set up with a betting account that has money in it you can then bet on the NBA from that account. From the home page of any of the above mobile sites navigate to the home page for the sports book, if you’re not already on it. Shown below on the Sugar House app –
Then go to the menu, usually 3 lines in the top right or left corner as shown below.
Then you should see “Basketball” showing in the list. If not select “all sports” or “more sports” to find the NBA.
Once you’ve done this you’ll get a list of the matches you can bet on and the range of markets.
To see more markets click on the match and you will find all the available markets for that event.
What lines are available on basketball betting?
The three main lines in Basketball betting are the money line, the point spread and the Over/Under options. Money line wagering concerns betting on the winner of the match. Point spread betting provides a weighting system to balance out favorites. Over/Under is wagering on whether the total number of points is over or under a specific number.
Where can I bet on the NBA with Bitcoin?
To bet with Bitcoin we’d recommend using Bovada, they’re a great company to bet with and make transferring bitcoin to and from your account really simple. Check out Bovada here to register and get the details on how to make the transfer.
What is the home court advantage?
This is a simple term used to describe the advantage of playing on your home court.
What prop bets are available?
There are lots of prop bets to explore and observe that can provide good value to those who like to research up on their statistics. If you know your stuff, these wagers can sometimes carry very good value, especially when it comes to In-play wagering.
examples of prop bets available are;
- First half money line
- Player points
- Head-to-head player wagering
- Top point scorer
- Season specials
- Field goal wagering
- Handicap betting
- etc. etc. etc.
How does handicap betting work in basketball?
Handicap betting works in a similar way to the point spread, whereby a weighting is used to handicap one team against the other. For example, Team A to win with a -4 point handicap. Now Team A have to win by more than four points in order for the wager to win. If Team A win by less than 4 points, the wager is lost. If Team A win by exactly four points, the wager is pushed.
What are NBA betting margins?
This is a term associated to the point spread. Margins are determined by the bookmaker in order to balance out the favorite from the underdog. It is then down to the customer to choose (or not) which side of the margin to wager on.
What is line movement and why does it happen?
Line movement is when there is a change in price on the money line, or an alteration in the point spread. This can happen for a number of reason, but is directly associated to bookmakers balancing their risk. This is usually gauged by customer confidence within a certain line.
If too much money is being placed on one selection, the bookmakers may very well react by shortening the price or adjusting the point spread. This invariably will strengthen the price of the opposing selection, making it more attractive. This is an attempt of the bookmaker limiting potential losses.
Best European apps
1 – bet365 app
Bet365 are always competitive on price, in our opinion and they offer a plethora of betting opportunities on all NBA and NCAAB matches as well as leagues from around the world from Brazil to the Balkans and Sweden to Saudi Arabia. We also liked that the live-streaming (from within the UK) on high-profile matches available so you get all that extra excitement of live-action betting.
2 – Betfair app
With 34 leagues to bet on, the mountain of basketball betting opportunities on the Betfair app is phenomenal. Betting on high-profile matches includes money line, handicaps, 1st half money line, 2nd half money line, spread, quarter betting and half/time/full-time.
3 – Ladbrokes app
Ladbrokes offer quality odds on basketball from USA, Europe, France, Germany, Korea, Philippines, Poland and Spain, and on markets such as match-betting and handicap betting. We could bet on a specific half or quarter, as well as of course across a whole game and liked the digital graphic that kept us up to date during live basketball action that we were betting on. There were also smart graphics available on live games keeping us updated on the latest score and action as well as quick betting features for those last minute bets.
18+. New customers only. Promo code ‘F50’ required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.
4 – Unibet app
Unibet was offering over 1,200 basketball betting markets at the time of writing, which made it their third largest sport in terms of markets. They also hold true on their ethos of offering some standout prices across various different basketball markets.
5 – Bwin app
Often the first bookmaker to price up basketball matches, Bwin is always worth checking out. They offer basketball betting on 26 regions and look out for money-back special offers and enhanced-odds accumulators.
So there are our 5 best basketball betting apps – we hope you’re as cock-a-HOOP as we are! Check in on our Twitter feed at @bettingappscom for all the latest news and gossip regarding sports around the world.