Basketball Betting Tips 2024

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Basketball and NBA in particular has always been a big betting market in Australia, since the days of Jordan and Shaq Aussies have been punting on the NBA as one of the biggest American sports markets.

At AussieBets we will be covering every match day of the NBA and the Australian own NBL, providing you with the in-depth statistical analysis to win the long game when it comes to the 82-game NBA season and our systematic predictions for the NBL.

Basketball Markets

From the more generic cross-sport markets like Money Line, Points Totals, and Lines to Basketball-specific markets such as player points scored, rebounds, or assists, the options are diverse. Moreover, Basketball Futures present countless betting opportunities, ranging from predicting the NBA and NBL Championship, Divisional or Conference winners, to Player Futures like the coveted MVP Award. 

When it comes to the NBA and the league's competitive nature, their are frequent upsets as any team has the potential to defeat another on any given night, making NBA betting an exhilarating and challenging venture.

Money Line

Basketball Money Line betting is the most straightforward way to wager on a game of basketball. It involves betting on either team to win the match, with no ties in basketball. In case of a tie, the game goes into unlimited Overtime periods until a clear winner is determined.

Line Betting  or Against The Spread

Basketball betting against the spread is the most popular way to bet on an NBA game. Unlike the Money Line where you are betting on which team will win the match outright, against the spread you are betting on which team will cover the line, as set by the sportsbooks and oddsmakers. This means the Favorites will have to concede points and the Underdogs will get points on the spread.

Total Points or Over/Under

Betting the OVER/UNDER or points totals on a basketball game is a bet on how many total points, from both teams combined, will be scored in the game. If the line is set at 215.5 points and the match ends 110-106, then 216 total points are scored and the OVER cashes. 

Points Scored Player Prop

The book will set a Points Scored Player Prop for most of the players participating in the game and as the punter you can back the OVER or UNDER. If the total is set for Steph Curry to score 33.5 points and he scores 36 points , the OVER will pay dividends. Simple!

Rebounds Player Prop

As with all player props, the bookies will set a total amount of rebounds recorded for most players and it will be up to the punter to pick the OVER or UNDER. 

Assists Player Prop

If the sportsbook sets a total that Josh Giddey is going to record 8 rebounds in a match and of course he records 10 rebounds, then the OVER 8 rebounds will pay.

Points + Rebounds + Assists Prop

Pts+reb+asts refers to a combination prop bet in basketball that combines a player's points, rebounds, and assists into one total number, which is then set against an OVER/UNDER

Instead of betting on one specific stat, this type of bet allows you to wager on a player's overall performance throughout the game, taking into account their points scored, rebounds grabbed, and assists made. 

The advantage of this bet lies in the various ways a player can contribute to reaching the total. For instance, if a player is having a bad shooting night, they can make up for it with rebounds and assists, or if they excel in scoring, it can compensate for average performance in other areas. 

Basketball Multi Bets

Especially in the NBA season that is packed with a multitude of games, and on any given day, there are numerous matches to choose from, making NBA Multi Bets a favored betting method. Although it's advisable to use Multi Bets as smaller side wagers, they present significant potential for big rewards when successful.

Basketball Future Betting

When it comes to basketball you want to have that ticket that you ride for every one of the 82 games of the NBA season, picking the winner of the NBA Championship before the season gets underway. 

Future markets in Basketball include:

The Larry O'Brien Trophy (NBA Championship Trophy)

The Larry O'Brien Trophy is the ultimate prize in professional basketball, awarded annually to the team that wins the NBA Finals.

The Dr John Raschke Trophy (NBL Championship Trophy)

The Dr John Raschke trophy is awarded to the winner of the NBL Finals.

NBA and NBL Most Valuable Player

The MVP for both the NBA and NBL is award to the stand-out player of the season, being crowd the league’s best player during that year.

Basketball Live Streaming


This year in Australia, every NBL game will be live on ESPN and available via Kayo and Foxtel. So you will not have any excuse to miss any of the action.


NBA matches will be available to stream live and on-demand through Kayo, Foxtel, ESPN and through NBA League Pass.

With an average of nine regular NBA season games per week and comprehensive coverage of the entire post-season, including the finals, Kayo is the ultimate destination for all your NBA needs. Not only does it cater to NBA fans, but it also provides extensive coverage of the WNBA, NBA Summer League, and All-Star Weekend events, available both live and on-demand, allowing you to relive the best moments whenever you please. Kayo ensures you never miss a moment of your favorite basketball action.

Basketball History

Basketball, a sport now cherished worldwide, was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor. Seeking a new indoor game to keep his students active during the cold winters, Naismith devised a game using a soccer ball and two peach baskets as goals. The sport's popularity grew rapidly, and the first official game was played in 1892. 

Over time, basketball spread across the United States and beyond, becoming an integral part of American culture. In 1936, basketball made its Olympic debut, further solidifying its global appeal. 

The sport has since evolved, with the National Basketball Association (NBA) becoming the premier professional league worldwide. Today, basketball stands as one of the most loved and widely played sports, inspiring millions and leaving an enduring impact on the world of athletics and entertainment.

Recent NBA Champions


  • 2023: Denver Nuggets Miami Heat (4-1)
  • 2022: Golden State Warriors  Boston Celtics (4-2)
  • 2021: Milwaukee Bucks  Phoenix Suns (4-2)
  • 2020: Los Angeles Lakers Miami Heat (4-2)
  • 2019: Toronto Raptors Golden State Warriors (4-2)
  • 2018: Golden State Warriors  Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)
  • 2017: Golden State Warriors  Cleveland Cavaliers (4-1)
  • 2016: Cleveland Cavaliers  Golden State Warriors (4-3)
  • 2015: Golden State Warriors  Cleveland Cavaliers (4-2)
  • 2014: San Antonio Spurs  Miami Heat (4-1)
  • 2013: Miami Heat  San Antonio Spurs (4-3)
  • 2012: Miami Heat Oklahoma City Thunder (4-1)
  • 2011: Dallas Mavericks  Miami Heat (4-2)
  • 2010: Los Angeles Lakers  Boston Celtics (4-3)
  • 2009: Los Angeles Lakers  Orlando Magic (4-1)
  • 2008: Boston Celtics  Los Angeles Lakers (4-2)
  • 2007: San Antonio Spurs  Cleveland Cavaliers (4-0)
  • 2006: Miami Heat  Dallas Mavericks (4-2)
  • 2005: San Antonio Spurs  Detroit Pistons (4-3)
  • 2004: Detroit Pistons  Los Angeles Lakers (4-1)
  • 2003: San Antonio Spurs  New Jersey Nets (4-2)

Recent NBL Champions


  • 2003 Sydney Kings    Perth Wildcats
  • 2004 Sydney Kings   West Sydney Razorbacks
  • 2005 Sydney Kings   Wollongong Hawks
  • 2006 Melbourne Tigers   Sydney Kings
  • 2007 Brisbane Bullets    Melbourne Tigers
  • 2008 Melbourne Tigers    Sydney Kings
  • 2009 South Dragons    Melbourne Tigers
  • 2010 Perth Wildcats    Wollongong Hawks
  • 2011 New Zealand Breakers   Cairns Taipans
  • 2012 New Zealand Breakers   Perth Wildcats
  • 2013 New Zealand Breakers   Perth Wildcats
  • 2014 Perth Wildcats    Adelaide 36ers
  • 2015 New Zealand Breakers  Cairns Taipans
  • 2016 Perth Wildcats    New Zealand Breakers
  • 2017 Perth Wildcats    Illawarra Hawks
  • 2018 Melbourne United    Adelaide 36ers
  • 2019 Perth Wildcats    Melbourne United
  • 2020 Perth Wildcats    Sydney Kings
  • 2021 Melbourne United    Perth Wildcats
  • 2022 Sydney Kings    Tasmania JackJumpers
  • 2023 Sydney Kings    New Zealand Breakers