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Whether you’re betting the professional hardwood action or the college craziness, basketball action doesn’t get better than what we’ve got at DSI Sportsbook. Every single game is offered (unless, of course, it’s just some hustling at Rucker Park) with spreads, moneylines, totals, quarters, futures, prop bets and much more. And it’s not just the men too as we’ve got WNBA action as well. Here’s a rundown of how it all works:

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Betting On Spreads

When it comes to betting on spreads in basketball, the breakdown is quite simple. What you’re really looking at is a margin of victory. Let’s use an example:

Houston Rockets +3.5

Cleveland Cavaliers -3.5

When you see a plus sign in front of the number, such as what we see here with Houston, that means that they are “getting” 3.5 points. In that case, if you bet on Houston and they lost the game by three points or less, or won the game outright, you would win your bet. On the other hand, if you bet on the Cavaliers, they would have to win by four points or more to cover the spread for you.


If dealing with the spreads is too tricky, you can also bet on the moneylines, which focuses solely on the straightup winner of the game. Let’s follow up on the example above:

Houston Rockets +175

Cleveland Cavaliers -200

In this scenario, the Cavaliers don’t have to win by four points or more. If you bet on them and they win, then you win your bet. The same goes for the Rockets. The difference here is the payout. When you see -200, what that means is you have to bet $200 to win $100. Whenever there is a minus sign, that’s the amount you bet to win $100. On the other hand, if you see a plus sign – as we do here with the Rockets – that’s the amount you’ll win if you bet $100. In this case, you’d win $175 if you bet $100 on the Rockets and they won the game.

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Totals betting focuses on the combined score of the two teams involved. For example, if the Rockets and Cavaliers are playing, you would combine their final score and see if it went over or under the set number. For example, let’s say the DSI odds makers set the over/under at 205.5. Here’s how it would break down:

Cavaliers 106, Rockets 100 = Over

Cavaliers 100, Rockets 76 = Under

Cavaliers 120, Rockets 101 = Over

Rockets 110, Cavaliers 95 = Under


Future bets are long-term bets that often pay much more if you win. Some examples of these are selecting a team to win the championship either at the beginning of the year, midseason or at the start of the playoffs. You can also bet on things like who will win a division, who will win a conference and even over/unders for regular season win totals (whether a team will win more or less than a certain amount of wins). While the aforementioned bets are decided nightly, futures tie your money up for a long period of time. They are also riskier as a lot can happen over a long span of time (injuries, change of momentum, etc). As a result, DSI pays more for those than just nightly bets. Usually, you’ll see a futures board look like this:

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Odds To Win Championship

Cavaliers +400

Spurs +450

Thunder +500

Warriors +600

In this scenario, if you bet $100 on the Cavaliers, you’d win +400 if they won the championship. Since they are such a strong team, they’re favored to win it all. If they do win, you’d win four-times your money. That’s a lot more than you’d win if you bet them just to win on a given night.

You’ll notice with futures that all of the teams have different numbers. The team with the smallest number is the favorite. The odds makers keep a close eye on coaching, injuries, talent, momentum and a whole host of other things before they set the lines.

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