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National Basketball Association

The NBA was founded in 1946 in New York City and is considered the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. The “Association”, as it’s also known, is an active member of USA Basketball and is comprised of 30 teams, with 29 in the United States and one in Canada.

NBA Timeline

YearEvent
1946The BAA, the precursor to the NBA, is formed.
1952The East defeats the West in the inaugural NBA All-Star Game.
1954The 24-second shot clock is introduced and immediately speeds up pace of play.
1964The lane is widened from 12 to 16 feet due to the interior dominance of Wilt Chamberlain.
1971The NBA debuts its iconic silhouette logo modeled after Lakers legend Jerry West.
1976The Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New York Nets and San Antonio Spurs join the league as part of the ABA-NBA merger.
1979The three-point line is added.
1980The Dallas Mavericks join the league.
1985The NBA introduces the Draft Lottery. Patrick Ewing is the first pick under the league’s new format.
1987The NBA adds teams in Charlotte, Miami, Minnesota and Orlando.
1995The Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies join the NBA.
2001The Grizzlies relocate to Memphis.
2002Instant replay is added
2008The Seattle SuperSonics relocate to Oklahoma City and become the Thunder.
2010The NBA All-Star Game is played at Cowboys Stadium in front of 108,713 fans.
2012The New Jersey Nets relocate to Brooklyn.

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Betting on NBA Basketball

Betting on the moneyline, spread and total in NBA basketball remain the go-to option for most players. Futures and prop betting have become increasingly popular as well, especially in recent seasons with major player movement. BetAmerica also offers wagering on international leagues, Olympics and World Cup events.

NBA Moneyline Betting

The moneyline is a wager on the straight-up winner of the game. In most cases, there will be a favorite and an underdog listed for each game. Placing a bet on the favorite will offer a lower payout, while placing a bet on an underdog will offer a premium payout, should they win. The NBA moneyline is typically based on the bet required to win $100 if betting on the favorite vs. the potential win for a bet of $100 placed on the underdog.

NBA Against the Spread Betting

The point spread is the number of points taken from the favorite, or assigned to the underdog, to give both sides an even chance of winning the wager. For instance, if the Los Angeles Lakers are -10 favorites against the Sacramento Kings, they will need to win their game by 11 points or more to “cover” the spread. Conversely, the Kings need to either win or lose by nine points or less to cover.

Against the Spread (ATS) bets add excitement to games that may otherwise be lopsided affairs.

NBA Over/Under Betting

An NBA over/under bet involves simply choosing whether you think there will be more total points scored by both teams, or less total scores, than the figure listed on the published line.

NBA Futures Betting

Futures, as the name suggests, are wagers based upon events which may, or may not, transpire at a much later date. The futures market for the NBA revolves heavily around which team will win the NBA Championship, as well as which players will win annual awards such as the MVP and Rookie of the Year. These are long-term investments that can reap big rewards for savvy bettors.

Teams with the Most NBA Championships

FranchiseTotal TitlesLast Title
Boston Celtics172008
Los Angeles Lakers162010
Chicago Bulls61998
Golden State Warriors62018
San Antonio Spurs52014
  • 11 of the NBA’s 30 franchises have never won a championship
  • Of the remaining teams that have won a championship, no franchise has suffered a longer drought than the Kings, who won their first – and only – NBA title in 1951
  • The Lakers and Celtics have collectively appeared in 52 NBA Finals over the past 72 years

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