Being a member of an NBA team is certainly the highest achievement that can be obtained in basketball. While many professional basketball leagues can be found around the world, the National Basket Ball Association is by far the most distinguished, and the sportsmen are known to be the best paid professional athletes worldwide.

With a typical season running for 6 months in which 30 teams play approximately 80 games, there are a slew of matches to choose from.

History of the NBA

The NBA was originally called the BAA (Basketball Association of America) and was founded in 1946. The BAA was a major rival of the NBL, or National Basket League, but the two leagues merged in 1949 and became known as the National Basketball Association. At that point the league consisted of 17 teams, but was consolidated over time to only include 8 teams, all of which still remain in the NBA today. Over the years following, the NBA expanded once more and currently consists of 30 teams, of which the Celtics have been the most successful with 17 title wins to date.

Basics of Basketball

Basketball is played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court. Under NBA regulations, four quarters of 12 minutes each are played, with a 15 minute halftime allowance. The objective of the game is to get a basketball through a 46 centimetre hoop which is set at approximately 3 metres above court level attached to a backboard. There is a hoop set at each end of the rectangular court. There are many ways in which players can handle the ball, including dribbling and passing, and athletes on NBA level have set positions within their team focusing on their strengths.

Basketball was originally played with a soccer ball when it was invented in 1891 by James Naismith, a physical education teacher.

Wagering on NBA

Betting on NBA basketball has existed for as long as basketball itself has been around, and it is no different with NBA matches. With a sport as action-packed as basketball, there are a variety of wagers that can be placed, and there is sure to be no shortage of thrills.

The most popular form of online betting NZ is the point spread, as it makes wagering on the favoured or the long-shot equally exciting. On a point spread wager, a player must decide by which margin the favoured team of the longshot team will win or lose by. When looking at placing a bet such as this, the favoured team is always denoted with a minus sign and the long-shot team denoted with a plus sign (example: -4.5 vs. +4.5). If a player wagers on -4.5 it means the favoured team has to win by at least 5 points for the bet to be successful, but if the player wagers on +4.5, the long-shot team either has to win outright or lose by not more than 5 points in order for the bet to be successful.

The point spread form of wagering can be confounding at first, so many novice players will choose something a bit more straightforward at first, such as wagering on who the victor will be, or even proposition bets. Proposition bets offer a wide variety of wagers on almost every aspect of a match as well as on game play occurrences, such as which team will be the first to score.