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Best Bookmakers For Basketball

Basketball BettingWelcome to the best basketball boomakers page. As with all my sport specific themed pages we’re making it our aim to show you what we feel are the best online destinations for Basketball punters and allow you to make your own judgement by comparing what the different bookmakers have to offer.

Dive right in and take a look at the comparison table below which should help you find somewhere to bet on basketball online – NBA, NCAA, Euroleague and world leagues are all covered.

Best Basketball Betting Sites

Upcoming Fixtures & Odds

Spain LEB Oro

Fri 18th Jan
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20:00
Caceres vs Barcelona II
20:15
Melilla vs Araberri
20:00
Palencia vs Real Canoe
19:30
Real Betis vs Penas Huesca
19:45
Valladolid vs Leyma Coruna

France Pro A

Fri 18th Jan
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19:30
Antibes vs Levallois
Sat 19th Jan
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Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne vs Cholet
Mon 21st Jan
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19:45
Boulazac vs Chalons-Reims
Sat 19th Jan
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19:00
Fos Provence vs Gravelines
17:30
Le Mans vs Dijon

Australia NBL

Sat 19th Jan
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08:50
Brisbane Bullets vs Cairns Taipans
Sun 20th Jan
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04:00
Perth Wildcats vs Melbourne United
Sat 19th Jan
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03:50
Sydney Kings vs Adelaide 36ers

British Basketball League

Fri 18th Jan
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19:30
Bristol Flyers vs Sheffield Sharks
19:30
Worcester Wolves vs London Lions

Basketball Betting Reviews

As the above table clearly shows, most of the big bookmakers now do offer basketball betting options to punters as standard. Whilst that’s good news for fans of the sport, it does mean that you have a decision to make when it comes to which site to bet at. To help you with that, we’ve shortlisted what we believe are the three best basketball betting sites and will briefly review each of them below.

#1 for Basketball – Betvictor

BetvictorA bookmaker which regularly makes our top three lists for different sports, Betvictor provide an outstanding service for those punters who like a bet on basketball.

Betvictor cover an extensive range of different leagues, competitions and matches from all over the world. The NBA and college basketball in the USA are obviously both well catered for, but competitions from South America, across Europe, Asia and even Australia are also generally available to bet on.

Many matches and markets from Betvictor’s outstanding selection also go in-play so that the betting action doesn’t have to stop when the action on the court starts, and in-play matches always benefit from useful live scoreboards. On top of all of that, Betvictor also boast an almost unmatched selection of women’s basketball matches and leagues to bet on, as well as a nice choice of outrights and specials.

Bet £5 get £30 at Betvictor!

New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

#2 for Basketball – William Hill

William HillOccupying second spot on our shortlist, but still providing punters with a brilliant basketball betting experience, is William Hill. Once seen as a horse racing centred bookmaker, William Hill have more recently embraced the wider world of sports betting and that is never better demonstrated than by their extensive basketball betting options.

Unlike Betvictor, William Hill’s basketball betting options are generally limited to leagues and matches in the USA and around Europe. A huge number of those matches and leagues are catered for, however, and the bookmaker also offer a peerlessly wide array of markets for most of the games which they price up.

As a bookmaker which prides itself on in-play betting, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that many basketball matches are also available to bet on live at William Hill. The bookie’s in-play betting interface is one of the very best around, too, and boasts great live scoring and graphics for many matches. Basketball, what’s more, is one of a handful of sports for which William Hill provide regular live streams to watch via their ‘WHTV’ streaming service.

Bet £10 get £30 free bet at Will Hill!

New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

#3 for Basketball – Paddy Power

Paddy PowerWhilst a number of the bookmakers listed in the above table offer a good basketball betting service, few come close to that provided by Paddy Power. Paddy Power, after all, combine a massive array of available events and markets, with outstanding in-play and live streaming, and an insane amount of money back specials and offers.

As well as pricing up NBA games as standard, Paddy Power also offer markets on a huge range of other basketball competitions and matches. European leagues and competitions are well catered for, and punters can even place wagers on contests from as far afield as Bahrain, Barbados, Argentina and the Philippines.

An excellent selection of the matches priced up also go in-play to allow punters to keep betting once the game has started. Those matches which do go in-play benefit from handy live scoring and a decent selection of matches are also available for live streaming (geo restrictions apply, bet & watch) through the Paddy Power site.

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New customers only, 18+, T&C's apply.

Basketball Bets: Different Markets

As we’ve talked about above, some of the best basketball betting sites provide a huge selection of different types of bet for each of the basketball games they price up. If you’re something of a beginner when it comes to basketball betting, those bet types may seem a little confusing, and that’s why we’re going to explain a few of the most popular below.

Money Line – Taking their name from common US gambling terminology, money line markets are essentially the equivalent of match result markets for football or other British-centric sports. Punters, therefore, can pick one of the two teams in any given match and their bet will win if their chosen team does.

Spread (Handicap) – Another aspect of basketball betting which is born out of the US origins of the sport, for each game the two sides involved will generally be allocated a points advantage or disadvantage based on a bookmaker’s expectation for the game. One side will be made the favourite by a certain number of points and the other the underdog by the same number. A spread bet, therefore, is a bet on your chosen team to exceed those expectations.

Winning Margin – If a game has a particularly strong favourite, a money line or even a spread bet may not be all that lucrative. In that case, you may wish to place a winning margin bet on just how much the favourite is going to be victorious by. These bets are widely available and typically give loads of points bands on which you can bet (i.e. 1-10 points, 11-20 points etc.).

Double Result – A bet type which will be recognisable to football betting fans, double result markets are essentially the basketball equivalent of HT/FT bets. That means they incorporate two elements, being the side you think will lead at the half way stage of a match and the side you think will ultimately win.

Total Points – A simple over/under style of bet, total points bets ask punters to choose if they think more or less than a certain number of points will be scored in a given game. The exact total for the over/under differs from game to game, and this particular bet type is popular for building basketball accas.

the Cheeky Punter
The Cheeky Punter is an ex professional online sports bettor and trader with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He has worked for a number of top bookmakers including Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral. He's also written for a number of leading news outlets including the Guardian, i (newspaper) and Soccer Lens. More about him here.