Basketball is an extremely popular sport which is why there are lots of different markets and bet types for it. Line betting is one of those bets and it’s used by only the most experienced bettors. Below, we will explain in detail what is line betting in basketball.
Line betting is a form of betting where the market is handicapped to make both betting outcomes equal. The bookmakers achieve this by giving both teams a margin, known as a line. If the bookmakers believe that one side is 12.5 points better than their opposition, you can back them to win by 13 or more points. Alternatively, you can back their opposition to either win the match or lose by less than 13 points. This gives you the chance to back a team at healthy odds. It doesn’t matter how short or long they are on the Head to Head (H2H) market. It’s a bet type that is often used in the NBA when a strong favorite is playing against a much weaker team.
The odds for line bets are usually exposed as two numbers. One is positive, and the other is negative. The positive number is assigned to the favorite team or the one that is expected to win. For example, if the bookmaker believes Team A is a 10 point better team than Team B, the bookmaker can handicap Team A 10 points. The line bet becomes Team A to win by more than 10.5 points or Team B to get within 10.5 points. The bookmaker sets the points margin to effectively make both outcomes equal, with odds of roughly $1.90 each.
Line Bets vs Margin Bets
Line bets are often confused with margin bets because a points margin is used when fielding the market. However, the two bet types are quite different. Margin betting does not involve the bookmaker handicapping one team or player. There are more similarities between line betting and handicap betting. In particular, Asian handicap betting where the draw is eliminated, as these bet types involve the bookmaker handicapping a team to even the contest and make the betting market more appealing.