There might not be all that much excitement surrounding basketball in the UK but with it ranking as one of the most popular sports in America, it could be worth working out how to find value from betting on it. With so many punters actively betting on sport, there’s a large portion who aren’t merely limiting themselves to football and horse racing. These people are open to betting on more than what’s in front of them, leaving the door open to sports that aren’t as big in the UK, basketball being a prime example.

Something that certainly hinders any chance of getting engrossed in basketball without being in The States is the lack of coverage back in the UK. This is mostly down to the fact that it’s not one of the most popular sports in the UK, there aren’t that many bets taken on basketball, and bookmakers focus their attention to football and horse racing, as it’s what their customers are most interested in.

Fortunately, a lot of bookmakers provide instant analysis of games that are currently happening and some even provide a live video stream for those looking to watch the action unfold. The only issue after working out how to watch it, is working out what to include in your own basketball betting tips.

What basketball markets can you bet on?

It won’t come as a shock that most basketball punters focus their bets on the Match Winner ahead of all other markets. The only difference with basketball as opposed to many other sports is that you need to specify whether you’re including or excluding overtime. By choosing either option, you could drastically alter the bookmaker odds depending on how likely they judge each outcome.

With similarities made to other American sports like the NFL, basketball has four quarters which decide the winner of the match. Each quarter will tend to have a close margin between the two, but the eventual points total will present just how big a margin there is between the two. Handicaps and Winning Margins are seen everywhere, including in Team FA’s many basketball betting previews, and this is because the odds are improved based on how specific you choose to be.

Basketball statistics markets

After identifying by how many points your chosen side are expected to win, you can delve into even more specialised markets. Statistics markets for basketball betting typically include how many points will be taken by either side throughout specific portions of the game and even things that you’d expect were impossible to predict like whether there’ll be an odd or even total number of points. There’s also betting markets where you back them by choosing a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer, like placing money on whether or not the Match Will Go To Overtime.