Tips when betting on the NBA in Illinois
Below is a walkthrough of our best tips when betting on the NBA in Illinois:
Current form matters
NBA teams can be streaky, and some perform better at home than on the road. Illinois sports bettors should always consider the current form of an NBA team before making a wager.
Home teams win roughly 60% of their games, and this is where an Illinois sports bettor can find value in an away team playing well against a home team with a losing home record.
Additionally, an Illinois sports bettor should consider a home underdog playing well against a team either playing the second game of a back-to-back or in a situation or when the away team is playing the final game of a three or more-game road trip.
Injuries and Players Resting
Over the past few seasons, the NBA has seen a rise in teams choosing to “rest” players, and “late scratches” are also occurring far more frequently than they used to. The Illinois sports bettor must pay attention to the NBA injury report and follow social media for any late-breaking injury news.
Novice Illinois sports bettors should consider waiting until the NBA lineups are released before making any wagers.
Pay attention to the schedule
Some NBA teams can play up to three games in five nights, and it would be wise for the Illinois sports bettor to pay attention to the NBA schedule.
Most NBA teams use the second night of consecutive games to rest their stars, and a situation like that is an excellent spot to search for an underdog or an undervalued team getting too many points at home.
Pace is a stat Illinois sports bettors should know as it measures the number of possessions per 48 minutes.
Teams with a high pace rate have more possessions, which indicates the contests have plenty of back and forth that could result in the game ending Over the oddsmakers' total. Conversely, teams with lower pace rates don’t score as much, and their contests end Under the total.
Novice Illinois sports bettors would be wise to consider the Over when two solid shooting teams with high pace rate meet and the Under when a mediocre shooting team or teams with slower pace rates square off.
Betting on NBA games is about finding the best betting odds at the best price. To get the best betting odds, sports bettors should have betting accounts at each of the seven online Illinois sportsbooks.
There isn’t a successful professional sports bettor that doesn’t practice money or bankroll management, which is the key to an Illinois gambler's success. A solid bankroll management system would be to stake 1% of the bankroll on every wager at the same 1% until the bankroll increases by 25%.
Illinois Bettor A has a bankroll of $1000 and is interested in making a wager. 1% of $1000 is $10, which would be the unit price, and would stake $10 per bet. Bettor A would continue this pattern and should only increase or decrease the unit price after a 25% profit or loss.