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NBA over/under betting explained
Over/under betting is the second most popular type of wager in basketball behind point spread betting. In placing an NBA over/under bet you are predicting whether the total number of points scored in the matchup will be higher or lower than the predicted number. Sometimes keeping it simple is the best option.
An over/under bet is also called a totals bet and it refers to the combined amount of points scored in a game. The number is set by a sportsbook who projects the number of points that will unfold in the match. As a bettor, you select if the total number of points scored by both teams will be over or under the set total.
This is different than betting on the moneyline or spread, because you are not selecting which team will win, or if they will cover the spread, you are only betting on the total number of points scored.
The over/under will be set by the sportsbook based on how many points are projected to be scored when two teams meet up. Game 1 for the 2020 NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers was set at 217.5 with the "juice" or "vig" (the fee charged by a bookmaker for accepting a gambler's wager) -110 on both sides. The final score was 116-98 for the Lakers, a combined total of 214 points. A winning $100 wager on the Under would return you $190 – your initial bet plus $90 in profit.
When placing an NBA over/under bet, you do not have to wager $100, it could be any amount you want. Our Odds Calculator can help you determine how much you could win based on the amount you bet.
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Yes, for full game bets, overtime is included for over/under wagers, moneyline wagers, and prop bets in NBA betting.
No. Professional players cannot bet on themselves or bet on any action in NBA games.
Usually both wagers offer you the same returns regardless on the side, so the answer depends on what your research tells you about the two particular teams playing, and what the trends are when these teams meet up.