The increase in popularity of basketball in Europe results from increased viewership of not just the NBA online and on television but also the continent's own EuroLeague.
Unsurprisingly, the United States is a strong power on the world stage — much more so when NBA players began competing in the tournament in 1994.
And while fans enjoy watching the latest matches and following the major championships, they also enjoy NBA betting. We'll examine five reasons basketball betting is so popular in the following sections.
1) Amusement and Excitement
Basketball wagering can be – and should be – a lot of fun. However, the primary reason individuals wager on basketball is for amusement purposes. Individuals should not place wagers with the hope of profit, nor should they wager more than they can afford to lose.
2) Varieties of Bets Available
Due to the high-scoring nature of basketball, it also provides a possibility for several unusual wager kinds.
The points spread is a common basketball wager that functions similarly to a handicap bet in other sports, with individuals betting on how many points a team will win.
For instance, you may get odds of 6/5 on Spurs to defeat the Hornets with a -4.5-point spread – suggesting that if they win by a margin of five or more, you will win your wager.
This is an excellent method to get better odds on the favourite winning. Still, if you believe an underdog will run a team close – or perhaps defeat them – you may obtain a positive point spread (e.g., +4.5), which will be added to their overall point total when calculating the result of your wager.
3) The Better Team Is More Likely to Win
Unlike in football, where teams might be dominated and yet win "by chance" by taking their sole opportunity while their opponents are wasteful, in basketball, the better and more dominating side often wins the match owing to the game's high scoring tendency.
While football is typically decided in isolated moments, basketball's accumulative points system typically results in the best team winning.
This also implies that basketball is a more predictable game – which is a plus if you're betting on a basketball match or tournament.
4) Supporting Betting Interest
If you're also hanging out with a buddy who supports a team you have no interest in, you may find an additional incentive to start supporting his team by betting on them.
This is an excellent approach to connect and ensure that you're amused by a game that would not typically hold your interest.
On the other hand, if you want to upset your pals a little bit, you may even wager on the opponent to win and applaud them if they do.
5) Enjoyment with Friends
Basketball betting may also be fun when you're out with pals. If you're all watching a game together, placing wagers on the outcome might elicit a competitive spirit among you and add another level of pleasure to the celebrations.
Random wagers on niche markets (such as quarter betting or predicting whether a team will finish with an odd or even point total) may be particularly amusing as you develop an appreciation for peculiar features of the game.