With its fast pace and huge scorelines, it can be extremely exciting to watch a professional basketball game. And when the best players and teams are in action, the level increases even more, especially if basketball betting is thrown into the mix.

Like all sports, fans rarely miss a game if their favorite team is playing, especially if it is an important playoff match. In the UK the sports betting market is big business. But until recently that wasn’t possible in the USA, where basketball is such a huge sport.

The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 effectively outlawed sports betting nationwide in the US, excluding a few states. However, On May 14, 2018 the United States Supreme Court declared the entire law unconstitutional and sports betting became legal, albeit with some restrictions depending on which state you are in.

So if you plan to bet on basketball, there are definitely ways to improve your outcome. The game may be exciting but betting and winning on it is not as simple as it looks.

You need to be very smart while betting. It is not all about betting on your favorite team. You have to keep in mind a whole lot of factors for successful win rates.

Avoid Betting With Emotions

You need to be calm and unbiased while betting. We all have favorite teams, but that doesn’t mean you should bet on them for every game, as tempting as that is.

If the odds are not in their favor and you know that they are playing a much better team then be sensible. Use good judgment and think with your head, not your heart.

If you want to be a successful bettor, then you have to rely on accurate information and data.

Accurate Data And Analysis

Research, research, research. If you don’t know much about the teams playing then get online and find out as much as you can.

Analyse every aspect of the game before betting. Who is on form? Which players are on the top of their game? What are the past results when the two teams have met previously?

Check the number of wins for your team in the current and the previous season. It will give you an insight into how the team is performing. You need to consider the performance of the opposite team as well.

You can also check the data for their head to head matches. All this analysis will help you make the right decision. It will also help with the markets you bet on.

Don’t Bet Too Early

It is important to keep in mind the starting lineup. You need to make sure that your key players are in the starting lineup.

If you start the basketball betting too early, and one or more of the key players miss the game due to injury, then you will only end up regretting your decision.

Don’t Bet On Every Basketball Game

You may find it tempting and want to bet on more and more games, but it is not wise to bet on every game. If you don’t know much about the playing teams, then don’t risk your money.

Sticking to betting on teams that you know the most about, will help you to achieve a higher win rate. More importantly, it will save you money.

Don’t Overestimate The Home Court Advantage

Part of analysing the data is the home court advantage. In almost every sport, the home team has an advantage. Being cheered on by thousands of your supporters can give a team a boost when it is most needed.

The average home-court advantage in the NBA is right around 2.33 points per game. And that can make all the difference in a close-knit game.

In the 2018–19 NBA regular season, the home team won 1,230 games (71%), and the away team won 501 games (29%). So while the away team may be better on paper, don’t dismiss a pooer team playing at home.

These are some of the basic tips which you keep in mind thinking about basketball betting.