The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the world’s premier professional basketball competition contested annually in North America and featuring just the one Canadian team from outside the USA.
A total of 30 NBA teams face-off across a globally watched tournament that culminates with the NBA Playoffs in late April to determine the season’s NBA Champions. There were originally just 11 clubs in the first ever NBA season and now teams are divided into two conferences – Eastern and Western.
Founded back in 1976 the seven decade long NBA history has attracted punters and basketball fans from right around the world and to date the game’s most successful club with 17 titles is the Boston Celtics.
NBA players attract the highest salaries in the world of sports and the league was first known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA) before taking on its current title (NBA) in 1949 after the famous merge with the National Basketball League (NBL) – not be confused with Australia’s NBL competition!
Year by year the NBA surges in popularity both with the court attendances at games, spectators tuning in on TV and punters getting in on the NBA betting action at the bookies. The game has created some of the world’s most iconic sporting stars including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.
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The NBA standings are the round-by-round regular National Basketball Association season listing of the NBA Teams and where they sit in the race to the Playoffs. The more wins a team secures the higher up the NBA standings they sit and the system works in a similar way to the NRL Ladder for Rugby League in Australia.
The NBA standings are usually displayed via Conference and Divisions. As well as a number from 1 – 15 to show a team’s position in the NBA season, the standings also provide key basketball statistics for each team including:
- Wins (W)
- Losses (L)
- Winning Percentage (PCT)
- Games Behind (GB)
- Games Played (GP)
All of these are updated after each week of the competition is completed.
2017/18 NBA STANDINGS
The NBA Standings 2017/18 will be displayed below throughout the season and updated weekly to help with your NBA betting and NBA Championship Winners tips.
NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
|9||New York Knicks||14||13||.519||8.0||27|
NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
|2||Golden State Warriors||22||6||.786||0.5||28|
|3||San Antonio Spurs||19||9||.679||3.5||28|
|6||New Orleans Pelicans||14||14||.500||8.5||28|
|7||Portland Trail Blazers||13||13||.500||8.5||26|
|9||Oklahoma City Thunder||12||14||.462||9.5||26|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||10||15||.400||11.0||25|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||10||16||.385||11.5||26|
*Correct as of 14/12/2017.
NBA SEASON & PLAYOFFS
The NBA regular season sees each team play a total of 82 games (41 home / 41 away). Sixteen of those NBA games are played against teams from their own division. In American sport it is a rarity for all teams to play every other club in a league during the regular season, and the NBA is one of only two of the four major sporting comps to do so along with National Hockey League (NHL).
NBA games are also regularly scheduled on Christmas Day so there’s no chance of missing out on the action even across the holiday season. The big highlight on the NBA scheduled though is the annual NBA All-Star Game that puts the regular season on hold in February. On the 16th Thursday of the season, not long after the All-Star Game, the NBA trade deadline comes in place and no player exchange can take place for the rest of the season putting the focus back in the game.
The NBA Playoffs are when the best pro-basketball action and betting takes place and feature the top eight teams from each of the two conferences competing for the Championship title. The final playoff round features a best of seven series between the two conference winners – the NBA Finals held in June.
The NBA Finals Champions take out the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy and each player and major contributor also receive the famous NBA Championship ring.
Major individual NBA awards up for grabs each season include The Sixth Man of the Year Award for the best player off the bench, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved Player, Defensive Player of the Year and the coveted Most Valuable Player (MVP) award – betting for which is open all year.
The NBA has been played in North America since the mid-1940s and over the past seven decades plenty of NBA team records have been set. To date the game’s most successful club boasting 17 NBA titles is the Boston Celtics. There are also some really impressive NBA regular season records achieved over the years by individual players and the clubs they play ball for.
The only team in NBA history to double its opponents’ score in a game is the Indiana Pacers who beat the Portland Trail Blazers 124 – 59 (65 point margin) on February 27, 1998. That’s not the largest winning margin however, which is an NBA record held by the Cleveland Cavaliers who beat the Trail Blazers by 68 points in February 27, 1998.
The longest winning streak in the NBA was achieved by the Los Angeles Lakers from November 5, 1971 – January 7, 1972 when they strung together an incredible 33 victories. In home games only, the Golden State Warriors hold the record for most consecutive victories with 54 on the trot during the regular seasons from January 31, 2015 – March 29, 2016.
Below is a quick look at some of the other most notable NBA team records of all-time.
NBA SEASON RECORDS
- Most NBA Championship Titles: Boston Celtics (17)
- Longest Winning Streak: Los Angeles Lakers (33) from November 5, 1971 – January 7, 1972
- Longest Home Winning Streak: Golden State Warriors (54) from January 31, 2015 – March 29, 2016 (across two seasons)
- Longest Losing Streak: Philadelphia 76ers (28) from March 27 – November 29, 2015 (across two seasons)
- Best Team Season Record: Golden State Warriors (73-9) in 2015-16
- Worst Team Season Record: Charlotte Bobcats (7-59) in 2011-12
- Most Losses: Philadelphia 76ers (73 losses) in 1972-73
- Fewest Wins: Providence Steamrollers (6) in 1947-48
- Best Home Record: Boston Celtics (40-1) in 1985-86; San Antonio Sours (40-1) in 2015-16
- Best Road Record (3 Seasons): Golden State Warriors (93-30) in 2014-15, 2016-17
- Most Consecutive 100-point Games: Denver Nuggets (136) from January 21, 2981 – December 8, 1982
OTHER NBA TEAM RECORDS
- Largest Winning Margin: 68 by Cleveland Cavaliers def. Portland Trail Blazers 124-59 (February 27, 1998)
- Longest NBA Game: Indianapolis Olympians vs Rochester Royals (January 6, 1951) – Indianapolis winning 75-73 after six overtimes
- Most Points Scored (Overtime Game): 186 by Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets (December 13, 1983)
- Most Points Scored (In a Half): 107 by Phoenix Suns vs. Denver Nuggets (November 10, 1990)
- Fewest Points Scored (In a Game): 46 by Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat (April 10, 1999)
- Fewest Points Scored (In a Half): 16 by New Orleans Hornets vs. Los Angeles Clippers (March 1, 2006)
- Most 3-Point Field Goals (In a Game): 25 by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Atlanta Hawks (March 3, 2017)
- Most Rebounds (In a Game): 109 by Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons (December 24, 196)
- Fewest Rebounds (In a Game): 17 by Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (January 31, 2014)
NBA odds on the National Basketball Association pro-tournament in America each season are open all year round and provide fans of the sport the chance to back the best ballers in the business!
The current 2017/18 NBA season betting markets are available on everything from the NBA Championship Winner to the NBA Conference Winners.
Outright betting on the NBA Championship Winner is the most popular of all NBA odds and will be determined when the NBA Finals series takes place in June between the two Conference champions.
The other all-in basketball odds open on the NBA are those on the 2017/18 Eastern Conference NBA Winner and 2017/18 Western Conference NBA Winner.
The NBA Conference Champions will be known during the NBA Playoffs in the third round – the Conference Finals.
There are also plenty of basketball betting opportunities each round on the full line-up of NBA matches. See below for some of the most common NBA bet types and basketball betting markets open throughout the season.
Head-to-Head NBA Odds
Head-to-head betting is open on all NBA matches including those played during the NBA Finals Series. Basically a price is offered on each of the two teams facing off for them to win the match. The shorter priced team in the NBA head-to-head odds are known as the favourites and are considered the best chance of winning. Longer NBA odds are then on offer for their opponents – the underdogs. Of course if the NBA season record and statistics are similar, teams can start equal in betting.
NBA Line Betting
Also known in America as “spread betting” the Line markets are usually listed alongside the head-to-head NBA Odds. Essentially line betting is handicapping the team considered favourites by the bookmakers. A number of points is assigned that the favourite NBA team “takes” from the final match score and the underdog “gives”. For example if the line read:
- Boston Celtics -5.5
The Celtics would have 5.5 points subtracted from their final score and then compared to their opponent. If they still won the game after the subtracted Line then the bet pays off at better NBA odds than the standard head-to-head markets.
NBA Total Points Over / Under
One of the other three major bet types on the NBA, Total Points markets offer a price for each team to score either “over or under” a nominated number of points in a game. The favourites are listed with an “over points” target and the underdogs an “under points” margin.
NBA Winning Margins
When betting on the NBA winning margin you are taking odds on how many points a team will win the game by. NBA margin odds are offered for both teams and are usually listed as: 1-2, 3-6, 7-9, 10-13, 14-16, 17-20 or 21+ points.
1st & 2nd Half Betting on the NBA
NBA betting can be enjoyed not just on the overall result of the game but also on each quarter or half. Examples of popular NBA odds in this area include:
- 1st / 2nd Half Race to 10 Points
- 1st / 2nd Half Total Points Scored
- 1st / 2nd Half Total Points Odds/Even
First Listed NBA Player to Score 10 Points
This is a promotional NBA betting market available at Ladbrokes and lists a number of key NBA players in a game along with a price for them to be the first (of the nominated players) to score 10 points for their team.
NBA Super Stars Betting
Another exciting promotional basketball betting offer from Ladbrokes, the NBA Super Stars odds name a key player from each team along with a price for them to score a certain number of points in the match and for their team to go on and win.