The National Basketball Association season is in full swing. About half the matches have been played. The playoffs will begin in April and the best of seven series finals between the conference winners will be held in June. The focus at the NBA betting sites is presently on the individual matches. All betting sites offer the regular money line and points spread bets. Bettors can also wager on the team totals and the match totals.
But this is also the time to start looking at the NBA futures bets. If based on current standings and performances basketball bettors can pick out the conference winners and the NBA winner they will get attractive odds. From now on as the standings start crystallizing the odds offered will become shorter. This also entails a risk. If the selected team does not make it to the playoffs the bet immediately loses.
The top three teams in the Eastern Conference are the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls. Sportingbet.com is a popular betting site for American sports. Miami is the favorite there with odds of -138. Boston has been given odds of +200 and Chicago of +800. In the Western Conference San Antonio Spurs are first in the standings with a significant margin. But they are the number two team at Sportingbet.com with odds of +275. The Los Angeles Lakers who are second in the standings are the favorites with the punters with odds of -175.
The top contenders for the outright NBA winners at the betting site Sportingbet.com are not surprisingly Miami and Los Angeles. Miami is ahead with odds of +175 and Los Angeles has odds of +250. Players can also bet on whether the NBA champion will be from the Eastern Conference or from the Western Conference.
A popular and interesting aside of the NBA season is the Sprite Slam Dunk event. This year it will be held on February 19 at Los Angeles. Blake Griffin, Brandon Jennings, Serge Ibaka and JaVale McGee will compete for the crown. Another NBA betting site BetUS.com is offering odds for the winner. Griffin (in picture) is the overwhelming favorite at -500 and Ibaka and McGee have the longest odds of +1,000.