Betting on basketball has increased in popularity in recent years. Especially with the success of Canada’s NBA franchise the Raptors. Many sports bettors would like to know more about the different types of bets they can make. Especially the race to x points basketball bet.
All across the country, more people have started to follow the sport. As a result, there is an increased interest in basketball betting.
At VIPCasino customers can place basketball bets not only on the NBA, but also on the top leagues from around the globe (race to X points is offered on a considerable percentage of games).
Popular Basketball Betting Markets
We all know the moneyline, points spread and over/under bets that are available. These are by far and away the most popular bets taken by bookmakers.
Also, player props are popular when you can bet over/under on an individual player’s performance. These types of bets are great for bettors who feel they know a specific position or can identify trends in individual players’ performance against certain match-ups.
However, some basketball bettors enjoy placing bets on a race to a given total number of points. This has become increasingly popular as more people watch games live. It makes the game more interesting and compared to the moneyline or points spread, bettors do not have to wait until the end of the game to see if their bet was successful.
Race to X Points Basketball Bet
As basketball is a high scoring game this type of bet is more popular than in most other sports. There are also lots of variables to consider. Especially in terms of unique scenarios teams face.
For instance, once it comes to the playoffs, you’ll start to find that teams will run plays or sets for their leading talents.
What To Consider – Race to X Points Basketball Bet
Looking at the NBA, The Golden State Warriors and the Phoenix Suns are the perfect example for these types of plays early in playoff games.
Sets are called early to ensure streaky shooters such as Devin Booker, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson & even Jordan Poole in his breakout year, get the opportunity to take open shots with limited risk in the opening quarter.
The idea behind this is that the defense won’t double team your stars in the opening quarter and in turn, allows them to get a feel for their shooting stroke.
In markets such as race to 12/25/45 points, it takes no time at all for teams with prolific shooters to score a quick 12/15 points.
Teams with a traditional NBA big man will be slower off the blocks as the defense tends to focus on the rebound battle and clogging the paint in the early minutes.
This leaves the 3 point line with room to wiggle and ultimately gives teams the choice to “Live or die by the 3!”
Many Different Circumstances
One scenario is laid out above but they are many others to consider especially when looking at the regular season and the style of play of a team or in a specific league in general.
Essentially, you should look at the specific circumstances of a particular game before placing a bet.
Other Basketball Bets
As mentioned above there are plenty of other options to bet on basketball. Player markets are available covering points, rebounds and assists.
However, a combination of all three is also available on certain players in a single bet.
Bets focused on a quarter can also be made. Such as the winning margin for the first quarter etc.
Research Teams and Understand How They Play
Understanding basketball tactics and how different teams will plan against different matchups in detail may help you make a selection.
However, as outlined above there are many different scenarios that cause teams to approach a game differently.
This is especially the case for a race with a low number of points. For example a race with 12 points.
Conceivably, this can be achieved in four shots. So, be aware of the players on each team before you make a selection (as well as possible tactics employed).
What Do Race to X Points Basketball Markets Look Like?
You simply make your selection based on the odds offered to achieve the total of the bet. There are only two sections, so placing your bet is straightforward.
Here is an example of what the market looks like for Race to 12, 25 and 45 points.
However, for race to x bets within a quarter, you may see a “neither” option. This means that you can bet if both teams do not reach the points total. As you can expect this option is only offered on higher points totals that are feasibly not achievable for the period of the bet. You will not see this option on race to 5 bets.
Here is an example of what a race to x market looks like with “neither” as a selection option.
*Please note that all odds shown are for illustrative purposes only.
If you are looking for an alternative way to bet on Basketball then betting on a team to reach x number of points could be a good option for you.
If you enjoy watching matches live then you may prefer this type of bet to the more traditional points spread or over/under bets.
All in all, your basketball betting choices should reflect what you are comfortable with.
At VIPCasino we have a comprehensive selection of worldwide Basketball Leagues to bet on.
From the NBA and the top European Leagues like the Euro League and top leagues from Greece (Basket League), Spain (ACB), Turkey (BSL) and Lithuania (LKL) and many more.
Make sure you check out VIP Casino for the latest basketball odds.