The National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season and postseason provides basketball fans with plenty of exciting games to watch and bet on. Here at Betting Tips Africa, we will be your point of reference if you want to profit from NBA tips. We will endeavor to provide throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, analysis, NBA predictions, and odds for all the major upcoming NBA games.
Our NBA experts are very experienced having followed the league for decades and will provide well-researched NBA betting tips covering a wide variety of betting markets .
List of NBA predictions
With their backs firmly against the wall, Boston Celtics will be fighting to force a game 7 when they host the Golden State Warriors for game 6 of these 2022 NBA Finals. After going 2-1 up, they have found the going tough with the resurgent Warriors railing off two straight wins in Boston and San ... More
An NBA Finals all-time performance from Warriors superstar Steph Curry earned them a crucial game 4 win as they avoided falling into a 3-1 abyss that only one team in NBA finals history has ever come back from. Steph torched the vaunted Celtics defence all night, finishing with 43 points and 10 rebounds, in what ... More
Boston will be looking to pile more pressure on the Warriors when they host them for game 4 of the NBA finals. They enjoy a 2-1 lead following a convincing 116-100 win when the series crossed to the East Coast for game 3. They took control of that game from the beginning and despite seeing ... More
A disastrous 4th quarter performance saw the Warriors drop the opening game of the NBA finals at home for what became their first home loss in this entire post-season. They looked to be in complete control after their famous third-quarter displays that they deployed in this game to win it 38-24 and take a commanding ... More
After a 2-year hiatus in which they not only missed the playoffs but also had the worst regular-season record in one of them, the Warriors have made a triumphant return to the finals in impressive fashion. They are yet to face an elimination game having dispatched MVP Jokic’s Denver Nuggets in 5 games, Ja Morant’s ... More
Lebron James once called these two greatest words in sports: “Game 7.” And game 7 it is as we finally try to separate the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals best of 7 series After stinking up the joint with lacklustre performances in games 4 and 5, Miami came out of ... More
Boston took control of this series with a critical game 5 win in Miami and will now be looking to finish the job when they welcome Miami to the TD Gardens in this game 6. The game seemed to be hanging in the balance with neither team creating separation in the first half. Celtics however ... More
Like it happened in the previous rounds, the Warriors missed out on a chance to close out this series on the road and will now be forced to get the job done at home in game 5. They started fairly decently but allowed Dallas to begin pulling away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Despite ... More
After taking care of homecourt with the opening two wins at the Chase Centre, the Warriors were facing a daunting task as they looked to inflict the first home loss to Denver in their backyard. They stepped up to the plate however and picked up a 109-100 win to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. ... More
After stealing Game 2 on the road in Miami, all expectations were that Boston would hold home court when they welcomed Miami for game 3. They however started very slowly and dug themselves in a hole that they failed to get out of despite the late rally. They will now be looking to even the ... More
Real Madrid threw out the form book in the semifinals as they turned around a massive halftime deficit into a close win against the number 1 seeded Barcelona. Turkish side Anadolu Efes’ giant-killing spree continued in earnest. After upsetting third-seeded Olympia Miano in the playoffs, the 6th seeded Anadolu went a notch higher in the ... More
Barcelona were on course for a win against bitter rivals Real Madrid but a miserable 3rd quarter in which they were outscored 26-11 not only sealed this game but also effectively eliminated Barcelona from contending in the Euroleague final with Real Madrid punching their slot in the final instead. Greek outfit Olympiakos were similarly in ... More
After a slow start to game 1, Miami turned up the heat in the third quarter in which they completely ran the Boston Celtics out of town on their way to victory in game 1. They were once again led by all-star Jimmy Butler who dropped 41 points, his third 40 point performance of these ... More
After an embarrassing game 5 loss to Memphis, Golden State Warriors quickly regrouped and closed out Memphis in game 6. That game 6 seemed to hang in balance too but a 23-7 run in the last 5 minutes of the game not only drove the final nail in Memphis’ coffin, it also underlined the Warrior’s ... More
Miami Heat dispatched of Philadephia 76ers in 6 games thanks to a sterling defensive stand and the brilliance of superstar Jimmy Butler who averaged 27.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists for the series. They will be hoping to get this same version of him as they look to start these finals on a winning note Boston ... More
3rd seed Warriors were looking to close out this series when they travelled to Memphis for game 5 but they got the shock of their lives as the Morant-less Grizzlies lived up to their grit and grind motto as they outhustled and outbattled them to earn a deserved 134-95 shellacking. This means the series is ... More
In what has been the closest and most intriguing tie of this 2nd round, defending NBA Champions Milwaukee Bucks showed their Championship spirit to pull out an incredible comeback to win game 5 away in Boston 110-107. Giannis starred once again with another 40 point performance but it was the clutch block by Jrue Holiday ... More
After evening the series, Dallas threw out everything that had helped them draw level when they travelled back to Phoenix for game 5 as they went back to a heavy dose of Luka Doncic isolation plays. Although that looked to work at first, it was not sustainable for the whole game as they got whopped ... More
Philadelphia 76ers will be looking to force a game 7 when they welcome Miami Heat back to Philly for Game Six. The Sixers were outclassed in game 5 despite looking like they could carry the momentum from their terrific wins in games 3 and 4. Miami were relentless in that game 5 as Jimmy Butler ... More
After cruising to a 2-0 series lead, Phoenix were brought back to earth by a hard-hitting Dallas team to battled hard at home to level the series. The Suns will look to take control with a win in this critical game 5. Dallas showed a lot of heart and determination at home, led by their ... More
A Brief History of the NBA
For you to appreciate what you see now, it is prudent to take a little peek into the past. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a professional basketball league formed in the United States in 1949 by the merger of two rival organizations, the National Basketball League (founded 1937) and the Basketball Association of America (founded 1946). In 1976 the NBA absorbed four teams from the American Basketball Association (ABA), which disbanded that year.
League growth and membership
By the time we got to the early 1980s, the NBA was plagued by financial challenges. There were low attendances, low TV ratings, and a lack of national appeal which meant the most teams (franchises) were making losses. Things however turned around with the appointment of David Stern, NBA commissioner from 1984, He revolutionized the sport and helped to turn it into an international entertainment company.
He engaged in aggressive marketing of NBA star players like Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird in the 80s, and, went a notch higher with Michael Jordan in the 90s. Other innovations ideas included league caps (limits) on player salaries, lucrative broadcast rights for network and cable television, and expanded All-Star Game festivities.
The NBA membership was divided into two conferences, each with three divisions. There were 30 teams, aligned as follows
Atlantic Division: Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors
Central Division: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks
Southeast Division: Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards
Southwest Division: Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs
Northwest Division: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz
Pacific Division: Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings
The top-ranking teams from each conference at the end of each season engage in a 7 game playoff series to determine the NBA champion.
The most dominant teams in NBA history include the Bill Russel led Boston Celtics from the 60s, the Lakers teams from the 80s and early 2000s, and of course the Michael Jordan Chicagoo Bulls from the 90s. In recent years, the Steph Curry Warriors team have dominated winning 3 titles in 5 years between 2015 and 2019.
NBA BETTING MARKETS
Moneyline betting is very straightforward and easy to understand, so it is the most common choice for novice bettors. It involves simply picking the winner of the game, regardless of the margin of victory. Each team is assigned a Moneyline, with the favorite having a small odds and the underdog having bigger odds
The handicap bet is one of the more popular bet types when to comes to the NBA. We have strong and weak teams in the association. Bookmakers, therefore, use the handicap to even out the game from a punter’s perspective. The handicap basically represents the projected winning margin for the strong team or losing margin for the weak team – here you can find our handicap tips.
Betting on totals, also known as over/unders, involves picking whether the combined score of the game will go over or under a predetermined number set by bookmakers. Typically, NBA basketball has quite a bit of scoring compared to most other sports, even the college game. So the trend is mostly on the higher side.
Prop bets are wagers on in-game events excluding the standard moneyline, run line, and total, which are the three most conventional and popular basketball bets out there. Many NBA props are centered around whether a specific player will reach a statistical milestone set by oddsmakers. There are also many team and game props to choose from as well.
NBA Futures Betting
This entails placing bets on markets that are long term in nature. These typically tend to have very good odds. Although most markets here are team-oriented, there are also future bets on players as well. Some common NBA Future Bets include:
- NBA Champion
- Eastern/Western Conference Winners
- Division Winners
- Team Win Totals
- To Make/Miss Playoffs
- Player Awards (MVP, Sixth Man, Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year, etc)
Punters need to note that many of these future markets remain open even after the season has started and the odds would keep fluctuating depending on the performance of the team/player.
Live betting is available on most bookies for NBA games. With the growth of mobile betting, this has also grown in popularity. As the game progresses, bookies automatically update the odds for the various markets available inplay for that game. This allows punters to bet on it from start to finish.
What NBA tips do We offer?
From these bet types, our expert tipsters offer the following for our selected NBA tips released every Mondays and Thursdays:
- Totals (Over/Under)
- Player Specials (When Available Pre-Match)
You can take advantage of betting bonus sites that offer various promotions from most bookies for new punters to try out these NBA predictions.
Many bookies offer NBA games for betting purposes. However, there are some bookies that usually go over and above to provide hundreds of betting markets (both pre-match and inplay) on the NBA games.
Based on our assessment of these bookies we recommend the following bookies for our NBA betting tips: 1xBet, 22Bet, Melbet and Bet365.
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