The sports industry has hundreds of millions of followers all around the world. From conventional football and basketball to the nation-specific bobsleigh and curling, these various types of sports are glorified by their fans with passion and dedication.
In the US, there are two main sports that enchant Americans. One of them is American Football and the other is the NBA. When it comes to the latter one, it’s safe to say that it has a global reach, instead of being predominantly locked in the borders of the US - like American Football is.
In fact, there was this peculiar case back in 2016 and 2017 when the voting for the NBA All-Star was taking place. To everyone's surprise, the Warrior’s Zaza Pachulia was miraculously racking up the votes and taking over some legendary players. In the end, it turned out that the whole nation of Georgia, from which comes Pachulia, was tirelessly trying to get him a ticket to All-Star in social media.
So, yes, American basketball is pretty popular all around the world. And recognizing such popularity, the NBA is supporting foreign players to have their successful careers in this industry. That’s why it’s no wonder its follower base is expanding at such a rate.
In sports, and not just in NBA in particular, there are two types of fans: those who pursue sports just for fun and those who expect something in return. In general, the gambling industry, be it in New Zealand with its PlayAmo NZ casino online or in Brazil with football betting venues, is a very lucrative business and generates billions of dollars around the world.
And to get back to the NBA, nothing changes in a significant way: Among the NBA fans, there are those who watch the games just for fun and satisfaction - which is probably what most people do. But there are also those who put money on it, waiting to get some lucrative deals out of every single game. And for those who consider themselves NBA bettors, here are seven quick tips that can up their betting game in 2020.
1. Look for load management
The first tip that could influence your betting outcomes is associated with load management. Load management is a technique used by various NBA teams to preserve their players’ energy, motivation, and physical wellbeing. And they do that by putting them to the side bench for a considerable amount of time.
Now, the load management technique is often used with crucial players so that when the most crucial time comes, be it season playoffs or anything else, they’re at their fullest capacity. And when they finally arrive from the “hibernation”, they do some incredible things. So, when considering where to put your money, take a look at those teams who use load management and see which players are put in there. The chances are, these NBA teams will bring you some successful payouts.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 6: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Paul George #13 of the LA Clippers smile during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks on November 6, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)
2. Avoid injury-prone players
Another tip related to individual players: watch for the injury-prone stars. The majority of teams have one or two - maybe even more - stars who cannot pass one game without getting one type of injury or another. For instance, while Celtics’ Gordon Hayward is an exceptional player, his injury past is quite extensive as well.
Therefore, when betting on a team, take note of its injury-prone players and make deductions of yourself. While there’s no universal method for this, it’s better to avoid betting on a team that has many injury-prone players, somewhere around three is already too much.
3. Chemistry decides a lot!
In sports where instead of individual players, there are teams, it’s incredibly important that these teams have a chemistry going on - not a love story but a good understanding between its players. That’s because, as the famous saying goes, a team is as strong as its weakest player. And when the critical part of the game comes in the hands of the weakest link, it usually takes the whole team down.
That’s why it’s super important to look for the teams with the best and worst team chemistry on the court. Try to avoid troublemakers who disrupt the order of integrity. Based on their mutual understanding of each other, the outcome of the match will be either profitable or damaging to you.
4. Don’t overlook the tanking teams
In the NBA, there’s this prestige ladder that places the teams according to their results in the season. The stronger teams with good results land on the higher steps of the ladder, while the weaker ones usually find themselves at the bottom. But there’s one peculiar thing with this policy:
The NBA has a policy called draft picking which essentially picks the lowest and weakest teams on the ladder more often than the stronger ones. So, to make it into the draft list, some teams deliberately throw the games and land at the bottom of the ladder. This method is called tanking.
When betting, check the timeline of the season - whether it’s the beginning, the middle, or the end of it - and look at those teams who might be tanking their games deliberately. These teams usually reveal themselves from the second half of the season, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to notice them. And knowing which team is about to lose can be a great help for your betting ventures.
5. Usually, the West is better than the East
This last point might seem a bit controversial and narrow-minded, but there’s actually a mutual understanding in the NBA world that the Western teams are inherently better than their Eastern counterparts.
Now, the recent seasons have diverged from this trend a bit, but it’s still nowhere near the equal performance of the two sides. Overall, the West still performs better than the East and it could be observed in the recent playoffs: the West saw a heated competition between its prestigious teams, while there were only two teams, the Sixers and the Bucks, that were considered clear-cut for the next stage.
So, not to be too dependent on this trend, it’s still handy to give better betting positions to the Western teams rather than the Eastern ones.