Proposition Bets in the NBA

NBA props are a fun type of sports bet that do not revolve around picking which team will win a certain game. Instead, NBA props deal with other things such as which team will score the most points in a quarter or whether the final score will be even or odd. There are about a million things that sportsbooks can come up with for proposition bets.

Wagering on props is a lot of fun and it can also be profitable. Some are completely luck-based while others actually have room for skill. In the following NBA prop examples, we’ll show you one of each type of bet.

Proposition Example

This bet listed below is based completely on luck. If you’re in a gambling mood and don’t want to do a lot of thinking, this is the kind of bet to place. It’s not the most profitable in the long run, but it does add excitement to the game.

Team Total – Odd or Even

SA Spurs Odd 10/11

SA Spurs Even 10/11

DEN Nuggets Odd 10/11

DEN Nuggets Even 10/11

This simple prop bet lets you place a wager on whether the final score for each team will be even or odd. The payout odds of 10/11 mean that you will win $100 for every $110 you wager on this prop bet. Each bet pays out slightly less than even money because the sportsbook keeps a little juice as its profit.

Example #2

This time around, we have a prop bet in which you can find value if you do enough research. The above proposition bet was based completely on luck because there is no way you can predict whether the final score will be even or odd. The following NBA prop bet is a little different.

Race to 20 Points

SA Spurs 10/13

DEN Nuggets 10/11

This is a simple wager in which you are attempting to predict which team will be the first to make it to 20 points. We can consider this a skill bet because you can use your research to come up with a good prediction. Nothing is ever set in stone, of course, but you can do research to figure out which team is the most explosive, fast-scoring team early in games.

The odds next to each team tell you how much you will be paid if you win. The odds of 10/13 next to the Spurs means you will have to wager $130 for every $100 in potential winnings. The odds of 10/11 next to the Nuggets means you will have to wager $110 for every $100 in potential winnings.

The payout odds are a little different for each team because this sportsbook is expecting more action on the Spurs. The Spurs in this example are believed to be slightly more likely to reach 20 points first. As a result, you are asked to wager more money on the Spurs to get the same payout that you would for the Nuggets.

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