Prop betting, also known as proposition betting, is a type of betting where a wager is placed on a specific event or outcome within a game. Prop betting has been around for many years in various sports, including basketball.
During the 1980s and 1990s, when the NBA experienced a surge in popularity. During this time, sportsbooks began offering prop bets on individual player performances, such as the number of points, rebounds, or assists they would achieve in a game.
As technology advanced, prop betting became more sophisticated and diversified. Nowadays, there are prop bets on virtually every aspect of a basketball game, from the opening tip-off to the final buzzer. Some of the most popular basketball prop bets include the first team to score, the total number of three-pointers made by a team, and the total number of points scored by a specific player.
If you’re interested in March Madness player props, you can typically find them a day or two before the scheduled game. These props are usually based on over/under bets for specific stat categories, with points scored being the most common one. For instance, if you bet on the over for an over/under of 18.5 points at (-110), you would need to wager $110 to earn $100 and make a total profit of $210, as long as the player scores 19 or more points during the game you’re betting on.
Apart from points scored, many sportsbooks also offer over / under bets for other stat categories like rebounds, assists, three-pointers made, blocks or steals. Additionally, some sportsbooks provide moneyline odds to pick the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Award recipient. If you bet on a player like Zach Edey at +800 to win the award, a $100 wager would earn you $800, giving you a total payout of $900.
If you are interested in betting NBA props, there are numerous options available to you. You can bet on a player’s points, rebounds, assists, steals, three-pointers, or any combination of these stats. For instance, you can bet on whether Zion Williamson will score over or under 26.5 points in a game against the Knicks. Similarly, you can bet on Kevin Durant’s over/under rebounds, or Buddy Hield’s over/under assists.
One popular betting strategy is to look for players who are expected to get more playing time in the game. For example, suppose Eric Bledsoe’s point total is set at 11.5, but the Pelicans’ other starting guard, Lonzo Ball, is questionable for the game. If Ball doesn’t play, Bledsoe is likely to get more minutes and have more chances to score, so you might want to bet on his over.
Another recommended strategy is to group your bets together. If you believe that a team will perform well in a game, you can bet on multiple prop bets related to that team. For example, you might bet on Trae Young’s points and assists totals and Clint Capela’s rebounds if you think the Hawks will have a high-scoring game against a historically weak opponent.
Another strategy to keep in mind is take advantage of matchups. For instance, if a team with dominant big men is playing against a team that struggles to defend against big men, you should look to focus on the big men’s points and rebounds betting the over. However, you should also avoid making “lucky” bets based on unreliable metrics. For example, if you bet on a player’s over/under steals and they only average 1 steal per game, it’s difficult to predict how many steals they’ll finish with in upcoming games.
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