With the NBA season now under way, leading tipster site bettingexpert.com evaluates which bookmakers are offering the best odds
With the NBA season now under way, leading tipster site bettingexpert.com evaluates which bookmakers are offering the best odds.
Basketball fans across the world took a collective deep breath in earlier this month when the 2018/19 edition of the NBA began.
With more than 1,200 games on the menu during the regular season beginning in October, and with the NBA playoffs beginning in April and concluding with the finals in June, the premier basketball competition in the world offers bookmakers the opportunity to attract regular bettors and promises consistent profits through the marathon nine-month campaign.
As the NBA season commenced, we decided to take a look at which bookmakers were offering the best value odds across popular NBA betting markets. These included the following NBA outright markets:
- NBA Champions
- NBA Conference Champions
- NBA Division Champions
We also looked at the three most popular NBA game markets:
- Game winner (moneylines)
- Game handicap
- Game points total
To determine which bookmakers were offering the best value odds, we calculated the margins for each bookmaker across the range of their most popular NBA betting markets. The lower the margin, the better value we determined the odds to be. Each bookmaker was then ranked across each market, with the following bookmakers assessed:
- Paddy Power
- William Hill
- Winner Sport
Best bookmakers for NBA odds
While some bookmakers may have a wider, more diverse range of odds and markets available, for betting on traditional NBA markets, the best three bookmakers following our analysis were Coral, Betfred and Ladbrokes.
Coral ranked highly across virtually every category in our study, ranking among the best bookmakers for NBA outrights such as NBA Champions 2018/19 and NBA Conference Champions 2018/19. Coral also ranked among the top bookmakers when it came to assessing division winner markets, as well as traditional game markets such as handicaps, points totals over/under and moneylines.
Betfred came in second place in our rankings despite not offering division winner markets. However, Betfred ranked among the best bookmakers for NBA Championship and the best overall for NBA Conference winner markets, not to mention coming in second place for moneylines and in the top five for both handicaps and points totals.
Ladbrokes completed our top three for NBA odds this season. One of the biggest bookmakers in the UK, Ladbrokes ranked among the best bookmakers across all categories, offering some of the best odds for NBA outright markets such as the NBA Championship and Conference winner markets. Ladbrokes was also a steady performer across NBA division winner markets, not to mention among the best ranking bookmakers for NBA game markets such as handicaps, points totals and handicaps.
Paddy Power also deserves a mention for being well ahead of the rest of the pack, but just short of Ladbrokes in third place. Paddy Power is offering some of the best value odds this season on NBA outright markets, as well as NBA game markets, in particular points totals and handicaps.
Best bookmakers for NBA outright odds
The NBA season can be a grind for game to game bettors. Many successful NBA bettors stay away from game markets early in the season and instead invest in outright markets such as NBA Championship, Conference and Division winners, with the intention of trading out of their position later in the season.
At the conclusion of our analysis we determined the best bookmakers for outright betting this season were Betfair, Coral and Paddy Power.
Betfair ranked clear of every bookmaker when it came to NBA outrights this season. Betfair ranked among the top bookmakers across each outright category, including the NBA Championship, Eastern and Western Conferences, and each of the six NBA Division winner markets.
Coral came in second place, ranking among the best for outright markets, with Paddy Power in third place just behind Coral. Both bookmakers are offering among the best value odds for NBA outright betting this season.
Best bookmakers for NBA traditional game odds
While many punters enjoy the occasional prop bet or dipping into the full range of exotics, the majority of NBA bettors focus on traditional markets such as moneylines (game result), handicaps and points totals.
After ranking each bookmaker in our study, we determined the top three bookmakers for traditional NBA game markets this season were Marathonbet, Betfred and William Hill.
Marathonbet were the clear winners in this category, ranking best across moneylines, handicaps and points totals.
Betfred came in second place, offering among the best odds for traditional NBA game markets, in particular moneylines. William Hill ranked in third place for traditional NBA game markets, sharing second place with Betfred when it came to NBA moneylines.
NBA betting this season
Betting throughout the entirely of the NBA season is a grind that few bettors have the stamina or discipline for. But there are a significant number of bettors who’ve done their research , conducted a rich analysis of traditional betting markets and are keen to trade on NBA outright markets. Therefore the NBA season can provide a consistent flow of punters to bookmakers which make sure their odds are competitive.
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