NBA Predictions

Us Nigerians are huge football fans, but if there is one other sport that we enjoy just as much as football, it has got to be basketball. Many of us just love to sit down and watch the world’s best players in full flow in the NBA. When there are NBA matches being played, we will, just like we do with football, provide you with NBA prediction that will help you win more cash. Read on and in ten minutes you will be a much wiser NBA bettor thanks to our basketball prediction articles.

The Bookmakers That We Use for Our NBA Prediction

Which Bookmaker Has the Best Bonuses for Betting on the NBA

Below we are going to take a look at some interesting promotions that bookies provide Nigerian customers with that they can be used on NBA matches. Please keep in mind that bookmakers change their promotions all the time in order to keep things nice and fresh, so there is definitely a chance that the promotions that we are about to talk about will not be on offer when/if you decide to register with the said bookmaker. However, do not threaten too much as it is likely that they will be replaced by other fun promotions.

Lionsbet

Lionsbet is a highly popular Nigerian bookie that had a promotion where each customer that wagered more than N20,000 in a single week was awarded a N500 free bet. Those customers that wagered N40,000 or more in a single week were awarded two free bets that were worth N1,000 each. These free bets last for a week, which means that they could be saved for your favorite sporting fixtures, such as some NBA matches.

Netbet

NetBet is another Nigerian sportsbook that had a great promotion for fans of basketball. With this offer, anyone who picks a basketball accumulator of three selections or more and a betting stake of N500 or higher will be awarded a free N500 basketball bet the following week.

Betway

Betway is not based in Nigeria, but they will more than happily allow Nigerian based players to create an account with them. They have a promotion running that could highly benefit those who make a basketball accumulator with 6-10 picks. With this promotion, anyone with an 6-10-fold acca that lost the bet because just one selection let them down would receive a percentage of the money that they would have earned had they got every selection right. With this type of promotion, you could make an epic NBA and even if you got one wrong, you would still be walking away with a very tidy sum of money.

Read the Terms and Conditions

When you are dealing with promotions that a sportsbook that you have an account with is offering, then we recommend that you read all of the terms and conditions thoroughly. If you make the effort to do this, then you will be making sure that you are not breaking any regulations. If you do end up breaking any rules, then you run the risk of your promotion being forfeited.

Who Offers the Best Odds and Promotions for Betting on the NBA?

When we find a new bookie that we like the look of, there is one major thing that we always want to be certain of before we go ahead and sign on the dotted line, so to speak. This is, of course, whether the bookmaker in question provides competitive odds.

Best Odds

So, for us Nigerian sports betting fans, which is the best bookmaker when it comes to giving us the highest odds? Well, the answer to this question is that it is definitely Pinnacle. We are not exaggerating when we say that you will probably not be able to find another bookmaker that has the same high odds that Pinnacle does.

We need to state that Pinnacle do not provide their customers with a Welcome Bonus, and you will not be given any promotions either. The way they see it is that their high odds are more than enough, and we happen to agree. Given how many people sign up with them, there are plenty of others out there who feel the same way.

Best Welcome Bonuses

However, we know that there are plenty of sports betting fans in Nigeria that feel like they need to receive a Welcome Bonus when they register with a new sportsbook. Then, once they have completed the registration process, they like to be provided with regular promotions that they can take advantage of.

If you are this type of bettor, then you will be glad to hear that all of the other bookmakers that we have mentioned on this site will give you a Welcome Bonus, promotions, and very competitive odds.
If you have read some of our other pages, then you will be familiar with these bookies.

However, if this is the first page of ours that you have visited, then we have listed the other bookies below:

Surebet247
NetBet
Betfair
NairaBet
Lionsbet
Bet9ja
Betway
22Bet
1XBet

Why Do We Offer NBA Basketball Predictions for Free?

We give you NBA predictions for free simply because our main goal in life is to try and improve your luck when it comes to winning your NBA wagers. We are hopeful that all of the predictions and NBA tips that we provide you with on this page will be huge assets when you are betting on the NBA.

How Do We Make the Right Prediction?

Like with our football predictions, our NBA basketball predictions are written by life-long basketball fans who know the NBA inside and out. Their basketball knowledge is second to none and when they are writing predictions for you, they will make use of their knowledge as well as all of the relevant stats that they can find.

Therefore, you can be 100% sure that all the NBA predictions that you will find on our site have a good chance of coming true.

Below you will find a brief example of the type of basketball prediction that you can expect us to give you.

Example of Prediction/

Let us say that the New Orleans Pelicans are taking on the LA Lakers. The Lakers are sitting at the top of Western Conference, while the Pelicans are sitting down in 10th place. The Lakers have won 49 games, while the Pelicans have won only 28. However, when it comes to average points scored per game, the Pelicans score 116.2 points, which is the highest in the conference. The Lakers score an average of 114.3 points per game.

Therefore, when these two teams collide, it is safe to say that there will be points galore. However, the Pelicans let themselves down on their defence – they concede an average of 117 points per match, which is the second-highest in the conference. On the other hand, the Lakers concede 106.9 points per game, which is the lowest in the conference.

So, what is our prediction for this match? Well, we reckon it would be a high scoring game, with LA Lakers coming out on top thanks to their better defence.

What Exactly is the NBA?

There are many Nigerians out there who are extremely familiar with how the NBA works. However, basketball is a sport that is growing in popularity in Africa, so there could be people reading this who do not know much about the NBA, but they would like to learn so that they can start to bet on it. If you are such a person, then keep on reading as below we take a closer look at the NBA. If you already know about the NBA, just skip to the following section.

Introduction to the Competition

The NBA was first founded in 1946 and it has gone on to become the major league for professional basketball players. Any player that wants to make it big in this sport will have to show what they are made of in the NBA. NBA players, on average, get more money than any other sportsmen, even footballers. Since 1946, twenty different teams have gone on to lift the NBA title.

Format of the Competition

The format of the NBA can be confusing, especially for new bettors. Therefore, below we have clearly explained the way this competition follows over a season.

Teams and Groups

Thirty teams compete in each NBA season, and they are divided into West and East conference. Each conference contains 15 teams that are split into 3 groups of 5.

Number of Matches Played

Over the course of a regular season (which runs from October to April), each team will play 82 matches – 41 games at home and 41 games away.

Each team will play teams from their own division 4 times each year (16 matches), 6 teams from the other 2 divisions 4 times (24 matches), and the other 4 teams they will face 3 times (12 matches).

Then, every team will play all of the teams from the other conference 2 times (30 matches). Once all of the matches have been played, the top eight teams from each conference will advance to the play-off stages (from April until June).
Play-Offs
So, who will play who in the play-offs? Well, it depends on where each team finished in their conference.

Example

For example, if the Golden State Warriors finish at the top of the Western conference while the Memphis Grizzlies finish in 8th, they will play each other in the play-offs, with the losing team being eliminated. Those who finish second will play those who finished 7th and so on. It is important to note that the team that finished higher in the conference table will be given the home advantage.

Each play-off is a best of 7 and they are played with a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The team that has the home advantage will host matches numbers 1, 2, 5 and 7, while the other team will host the rest. This is done to make sure that the team with home advantage actually gets some type of advantage.

Once all of the play-offs have been played, you will have the best team from the Eastern Conference playing the best team from the Western Conference for the right to be crowned NBA Champions.

Who Are the Favourites to Win? Our NBA Tips

he NBA was suspended in March due to the Coronavirus outbreak that is currently affecting the whole world. There are still quite a number of games to go before we find out the 16 teams that will make the play-offs. However, just like with the football leagues around the world, there is a good chance that the season will not be able to be completed.

Current Favourite Teams

At the moment, there are 4 teams that are guaranteed a playoff position, and these are Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics from the Eastern Conference. In the Western Conference, only the Los Angeles Lakers have guaranteed themselves a play-off position from the Western Conference.

Who will be the favourites to go on to win the play-offs and the title? Well, you definitely cannot rule out the likes of:

Boston Celtics
Los Angeles Clippers
Toronto Raptors
Los Angeles Lakers
Denver Nuggets,
Houston Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks
Golden State Warriors.

In short, there are still plenty of teams that could go on to lift the trophy.

Who Are the Favorites to Win This Competition Next Season?

Before each new NBA season begins, fans and pundits will happily discuss with each other who they think will go on to hold the trophy aloft. Below we will take a look at five NBA teams that we feel stand a good chance of winning the 2021/22 title.

Milwaukee Bucks

At the start of the 2019/20 season, the Bucks made a wise choice to resign Brook Lopez, Khris Middleton, and George Hill. What they have that gives them an advantage over many other NBA teams is a deep bench. A strong bench is important because basketball is a fast-paced game and when subs are made you need to make sure that you are not decreasing the quality that is out there on the court. If they recruit wisely before the start of the next NBA season, then there is certainly no reason why the Bucks cannot lift the trophy next season.

LA Clippers

Back in the day, the Clippers were the joke team of the NBA because they barely won a single game. However, the jokes started to stop back in 2009 when they signed the likes of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Both of these players have since moved on to pastures new, but the Clippers have since been able to recruit highly talented players such as Kawhi Leonard, Maurice Harkless, and Paul George. They have now gone from being the butt of everyone’s jokes to serious title contenders.

Los Angeles Lakers

Their 2019/20 season got off to a bit of a hectic start thanks to Magic Johnson resigning, but they soon got over that and signed some great players such as Anthony Davis, Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley, and Jared Dudley. They also re-signed the likes of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Alex Caruso, and JaVale McGee. Then, of course, they obviously have LeBron James as well, who is one of the best and most known basketball players in the world. To make space for these players, they had to ship out some good players, but if they can keep most of this squad for the 2020/21 season, they will be title challengers once again.

Houston Rockets

The Rockets have always had some great players playing for them. For example, in the 90s, Hakeem Olajuwon helps them to win two titles while Yao Ming carried them during the mid-2000s. They are the type of team that always seems to be close to winning more than the two aforementioned titles, but they just cannot seem to ever get themselves over the line. However, despite this, only a fool would completely rule them out of picking up the trophy. With the likes of Tyson Chandler and Russell Westbrook on the court, anything is possible.

Toronto Raptors

They surprised the basketball world by winning the 2018/19 NBA title, but their joy was relatively short-lived when their star player Kawhi Leonard, decided to join the LA Clippers. However, despite this, they still have a team that can compete. The likes of Pascal Siakam and Stanley Johnson will make sure of that. If they can keep hold of their better players and recruit wisely before the 2020/21 NBA season gets underway, then do not be surprised to see them competing with the best.

The NBA Calendar

We are pretty certain that you are well aware that the world is in the hands of a pandemic right now. As a result of this pandemic, most sport around the world has been suspended and that includes the NBA. As it stands, we have absolutely no clue when (or if) the remaining 2019/20 games will be played. However, when we do find out some relevant information, we will update this page.

Interesting Odds to Follow During the NBA

When we are betting on a sport, no matter what that sport is, we obviously want to take advantage of any interesting odds. You will be ecstatic to hear that the NBA regularly throws up interesting odds since it is not a rare occurrence for a team in the bottom half of the table to beat a team that is in the top half of the table. There is plenty of value to be had in the NBA if you know where to look.

Example of Odds

For example, let us say that Oklahoma City Thunder are playing the Sacramento Kings. Oklahoma City Thunder are sitting in 5th place in the Western Conference – they score an average of 110.8 points per match while they conceded an average of 108.3 points per match. On the other hand, Sacramento Kings are sitting in 11th place – they score an average of 109 points per match and concede an average of 110.9 points per game. Oklahoma City Thunder have won 40 games this season, while the Sacramento Kings have won 28. Oklahoma City Thunder are heavy favourites to win this game, but the Sacramento Kings are better than their odds suggest. Therefore, we would be tempted to put our money on them to win as it is what is known as a value bet.

Which Team Will Win the NBA Next Year?

Below you will be able to find 6 NBA teams that we reckon have a very good chance of becoming Champions next season. The odds for the 2020/21 NBA season winner are obviously not out yet, but when they are, probably in the summer sometime, we will come back to add them.

LA Clippers
LA Lakers
Toronto Raptors
Houston Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks
Denver Nuggets

Who Will Be the Top Scorer in Next Year’s NBA?

The NBA is home to some of the best basketball players in the world. Who do we think will be the top points scorer for the 2020/21 season? Well, we have given you six serious contenders below, that is for certain. Their odds are not out yet either, but when they are, we shall add them for you.

James Harden (Houston Rockets)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Trae Young (Atalanta Hawks)
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
Kawhi Leonard (LA Clippers)
LeBron James (LA Lakers)

NBA Betting Tips for Making Your NBA Prediction

When you are betting on basketball, there are tips that you can make use of that will definitely improve your chances of winning. Below we will provide you with some NBA betting tips that you should definitely make use of when you are placing some basketball bets.

Don’t be fooled by secret strategies

Every now and then you will come across a website that claims that they have a secret strategy that will provide you with winning bets all day long. Those who are new to basketball betting will be intrigued by what they are reading and will take the bait – hook, line, and sinker. While it would be great if we could win all of the time, this is something that is never going to be possible. Do you think bookies would have markets for basketball if they were going to lose every single bet that was placed? We do not think that we need to answer this for you. No matter what you read, there is no NBA betting strategy out there that will see you win 90% of your spread bets, or 80% of your total bets.

Know how to find value

Finding value when you are betting on any sport is really important. To start with, identifying your own value bets in the NBA will be quite tricky, but as you gain more NBA betting experience, you will start to find it easier to do so. In fact, there will come a time where you will be able to look at the fixtures and immediately spot three or four value bets. However, until you do, we are here to identify the value for you.

Start by betting on teams that you know

If you are betting on basketball for the very first time, it is a very good idea to start by betting on the teams that you have some sort of familiarity with. Yes, it would be awesome if we were able to start betting on the whole league, but the best strategy is to learn as you go along by placing bets on the teams that you know the most. You probably follow one team more than others – you know their squad, their weaknesses, their strengths, and their tactics. This will help to give you a great head start. The key is to be patient – bet on teams you know and then work your way from there.

Bookmakers’ Services to Make Use of After Reading Our Predictions

When you are making NBA bets, bookmakers have some great tools that you really should make use of. What tools are these? Well, they are live streaming, cash out, and live stats. Below we are going to take a much closer look at these features.

Live Streaming and Live Stats

If you are an experienced gambler, then you will know that often you will have the option of placing bets when an event has already started. If you do this, you are placing down a live bet or an in-play bet. When you are live betting, it is always extremely handy if there is some live streaming available as this gives you the chance to watch some of the game before you place a bet. By watching some of the events, you will be able to get a better clue as to what might go down. Luckily, when it comes to basketball, there are plenty of bookmakers, such as 22Bet, that will provide live streaming.

Sometimes there might not be any live streaming available for a certain game that you want to place a wager on. However, in this case, there should always be live stats available for you to have a look at. These are of great use as they can also give you an idea as to how the game will end. They allow you to see which team is being dominated or whether it is more of an equal game. Before you place a live wager, you should always check out the live stats that are available.

Cash Out Option

Any bookmaker that is worth their salt will give their customers a cash out feature. What is this feature? Well, it is a very handy service that gives sports gamblers the chance to cash out a bet that we have made if we believe that it will go on to lose. Cashing out gives us the option to lock in a tidy profit or to make sure that we do not go ahead and lose all of the wagers that we bet.

We will now give you a cash out example to help you understand this feature better. If you would like to learn even more after you have read this example, then please feel free to read our dedicated cash out page. So, let us say that the New York Knicks are taking on the Brooklyn Nets. The Knicks are the favourites for the match, but you prefer the odds that are given to the Nets to win, which are 3.00. You stick N3,000 on them to win, meaning that if they defy the odds and go on to become victorious, you will see yourself earn a profit of N6,000. We are in the final quarter and the Nets are up by 9 points, however you do not see them being able to hold on to their lead. You have a look at what the cash out option is and see that it is N7,000. You decide that a N4,000 profit is better than nothing, so you cash out. This turned out to be a clever decision as the Knicks went on to win the game by a mere 3 points.

When it comes to basketball cash out values, you can trust a bookie such as NairaBet to give you a fair price.

NBA Stats to Help with Your Betting

When you are making your own NBA predictions, you should always pay attention to past and present stats. Therefore, this next section of our NBA prediction page will deal with some interest NBA stats.

Top Teams

Which NBA team has the most titles? Well, this honour goes to Boston Celtics as they have won the title an impressive 17 times. The LA Lakers have won it 16 times, while the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors have won the title 6 times. The likes of the New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets have won it 2 times, while the defending champions are the Toronto Raptors.

Best Players

There have been some amazing players in the NBA over the decades and the table below provides you with the top 10 points scorers.

Rank

Player
Points

1
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

38,387

2

Karl Malone
36,928

3
LeBron James

34,087

4

Kobe Bryant
33,643

5
Michael Jordan

32,292

6

Dirk Nowitzki
31,569

7
Wilt Chamberlain

28,596

8

Shaquille O’Neal
27,409

9
Moses Malone

27,313

10

Elvin Hayes

26,710

Best Players This Season

Who have been the most prolific players in the 2019/20 season so far? The table below will provide you with ten players that have the highest average points per match.

Rank

Players
Points per Game

1
James Harden

34.4

2

Bradley Beal
30.5

3
Giannis Antetokounmpo

29.6

4

Trae Young
29.6

5
Damian Lillard

28.9

6

Luka Doncic
28.7

7
Russel Westbrook

27.5

8

Kawhi Leonard
26.9

9
Anthony Davis

26.7

10

Devin Booker
26.1

FAQ About the NBA

Below you will find three FAQs regarding the NBA.

According to the Bookmakers, Who Are Some Favorites of the NBA?

When the next NBA season is about to start, us fans and all of the pundits like to try and predict who will go on to win the trophy come to the end of the season. Below are our five favourites for the NBA.

  1. LA Clippers
  2. LA Lakers
  3. Milwaukee Bucks
  4. Houston Rockets
  5. Toronto Raptors

Who Won the NBA Last Year?

The 2018/19 NBA was won by the Toronto Raptors. This was the first time that they have lifted this prestigious trophy.

How Can You Follow Our NBA Predictions?

If you are a basketball fan and you would like to follow our NBA predictions, then you will be happy to hear about how simple it is to do so.

Whenever there are NBA games due to be played, you should just visit our site and we will have predictions for some of the better matches.

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