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North America’s professional basketball league is known as the NBA (National Basketball Association). NBA is one of the four major professional Sports in North America, and the intensity and showmanship of the game make it one of the favorites for sports betting.

The NBA playoffs begin each season in the month of April and continue into June culminating with the NBA Finals. When it comes to NBA playoffs betting at BetDSI sportsbook there are some additional options you can consider when making your wagers.

NBA History

After a few attempts to create a professional basketball league, the NBA started as the Basketball Association of America in 1946, and it had a rival league called National Basketball League. In 1949, both leagues merged, and the NBA was born. Its headquarters is located in New York.

The league is currently composed of thirty franchises, of which twenty nine are located in the United States, and one is located in Canada, after the Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis. Some of the old original franchises are still part of the league: the Celtics, Pistons, Lakers, Knicks, Warriors, Hawks, and 76ers.

The first four franchises are some of the most legendary teams in American Sports history. The Celtics dominated during the 60’s and their rivalry against the Lakers reached a peak during the 80’s, with intense matches between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. The Pistons had a brief dynasty in the early 90’s before superstar Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to six championship titles in eight years. In the last thirteen years, the supremacy has been established by the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, with nine combined titles.

During the first decade of the XXI Century, a crop of new stars has emerged, and some of them have already consolidated with championship rings, such as Kobe Bryant, Shaq O’Neill, Dwayne Wade and Dirk Nowitzki. Others as Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony still make headlines on each game, but have to win a championship yet.

Regular season and playoffs and NBA finals

The regular 82-game season has been shortened this year to a 66 game season due to the players’ lockout that started on July 1st, 2011. NBA Christmas games are a tradition –and a unique chance for sports gambling, as well as the All-Star game in February, during the All-Star break that includes three point shooting and dunk contests, during which Diamond Sportsbook offers props for betting.

The regular season ends on mid-April, with the playoffs beginning a few days later, with sixteen teams –eight teams per Conference- playing in best-of-seven matchups. The team that wins four games advances into the next round and the losing team is eliminated.

The NBA finals are placed in June between the two champions of each Conference, using the same best of seven format. Other awards such as the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy are given.

Betting on NBA

Professional basketball has amazing chances for online betting, due to the frequency of the games and the pace of the action during the matchups. We offer several NBA lines such as point spreads, totals, money lines, first and second half lines, quarters and props.

NBA spread betting works in a similar way to the football spread betting: the favorite team must win by more points that the point Spreads, since there is a negative point spread to cover.

Over under wagers (totals), are specific to the game, first or second half or quarter total scored points, with players betting to either the over or under of the handicapped number. BetDSI offers game and half time totals on all the NBA regular and post-season games.

Money lines bets work the same as always: bet on the winner of the game or half time regardless of the point difference.

NBA gambling also includes propositions (props). As in football betting, these bets don’t have to do with the final scores or totals, but refer to team scores and players’ performances, such as total rebounds, assistances and blocks, or total turnovers by each team. NBA Prop bets are a different way to enjoy the different NBA events.