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    Looking for free NBA picks & betting tips for the 2020-21 NBA season?


    Our experts provide picks, betting tips, predictions, previews and best bets for the biggest basketball league in the world throughout the season, including the NBA All Star Game, the NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.


    Due to the pandemic the scheduling for the 2020-21 NBA season is different from previous years, with the regular season running from December 22, 2020 until May 16, 2021. The playoffs then get underway on May 22, 2021 with the NBA Finals set to take place between July 8, 2021 and July 22, 2021.

    ExpertPicks.com will have all of the NBA picks, predictions and tips you need right here.

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    What NBA Betting Markets Can I Bet On?

    The main NBA betting markets are Moneyline, spread, over / under total points and player props.

    Money Line - The money line is betting on which team will win the game. There is no option for a draw in the NBA, with teams going to overtime if the score is tied at the end of regulation, so the moneyline is a two-way market in which you bet on one team to win, and it includes overtime. 

    Spread - The spread market is more also known as a handicap. Bookmakers will assign one team a positive (+) or negative (-) spread, line or handicap depending on favoritism for the game, and the bettor bets to cover the line.

    Let’s use an NBA game between the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic as an example. If the Magic start with a +7.5 point spread and you bet on the Magic, they need to win the game or lose by less than 8 points in order for your bet to win.

    On the other side of the coin, the Nuggets would be assigned a -7.5 point spread meaning they would need to win by 8 or more points in order for your bet on the Nuggets to be a winner.

    Over / Under Total Points - This NBA betting market allows bettors to bet on the total amount of points scored in a game by both teams. The sportsbook will set a line, let’s say 216.5 points and you can bet on the total points scored by both teams going over or under that total. 

    Player Props - Also known as player performance, these NBA bets allows you to bet on one player in a number of categories including points, rebounds and assists. This is a very popular market which relies on the bookmaker setting the line and the bettor picking over or under.

    What Is An NBA Parlay Bet?

    A parlay bet is when you place a sports bet using multiple selections (this is known as an accumulator in some countries). Parlay bets can be placed using one selected sport or league or can be placed on one competition. That means you can place an NBA parlay bet during the regular season and the playoffs as long as you can make at least two selections.

    Parlay betting is a popular form of betting because it allows you an opportunity to make big wins from small stakes due to the enhanced risk involved. If, for example, you make three selections in your bet, you will need all three to be a winner for you bet to be successful. Some bookmakers will offer you the chance to insure your NBA parlay bet and others will give you the chance to boost your winnings. For details on these NBA betting promotions, read on:

    Are There Any NBA Betting Promotions?

    Of course there are NBA betting promotions. Basketball remains one of the most popular sports across North America so it goes without saying that there are a host of NBA betting promotions available from licensed bookmakers throughout the regular season and the postseason.

    These vary in type, with some offering customers the opportunity to insure their bets, while other offer customers the chance to add bonuses to their winnings. One leading sportsbook offers customers the chance to claim bonuses of up to 70% on winning NBA parlay bet, while another will refund your losing wager if one selection in your parlay bet lets you down.

    Parlay bets are not the only types of bets covered. A leading sportsbook in the US currently offers to pay customers out early if the team they back in the Moneyline market takes a 20-point lead at any point in the matchup. It does not matter if they go on to win or lose.

    So whichever bookmaker you place your bets with, check out the bookmaker promotions section in order to find out what NBA betting promotions are available to you. And if you are looking for a new bookmaker to place your NBA bets with, check out our review section here.

    NBA Live Streaming

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    Throughout the 2020/21 season bookmaker bet365 will be live streaming selected games from the NBA direct to your iPhone, iPad or Android device, as well as desktop, meaning you don't have to miss a moment of the action.

    Live streaming is only available to eligible customers and to watch an NBA live stream all you need is a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Read on for our step-by-step guide to watching NBA live streams at bet365:

    How To Watch NBA Live Streams


    1. Visit the bet365 website
    2. Log into your account or register for one
    3. Navigate to the In-Play link on the homepage
    4. Choose ‘basketball’
    5. Select an NBA game with a play icon beside it
    6. Make sure you have met the relevant NBA live streaming rules
    7. Once the game gets underway you will have access to live streaming and in-play betting

    * To use the Live Streaming service you will need to be logged in and have a funded account or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours. Any fixture/event on the website which has the Play or Video icon next to it is scheduled to be shown via Live Streaming. 18+ terms and conditions apply.

    NBA FAQs

    What is the NBA?

    The NBA (National Basketball Association) is a men's professional basketball league in North America and Canada.

    When is the NBA regular season?

    The 2020-21 NBA regular season takes place from December 22, 2020 and end on July 22, 2021.

    When are the NBA Playoffs?

    The 2020-21 NBA playoffs will be played from May 22 - July 26, 2021. The 2020-21 NBA Finals will be played from July 8 - July 22, 2021.

    What is the NBA Finals?

    The NBA Finals is a seven match series between the Western Conference winners and Eastern Conference winners to decide the winner of the NBA Championship.

    Who has won the most NBA Championships?

    The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have both won 17 NBA Championships.

    When is the NBA All-Star Game?

    The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 14, 2021.

    Where is the NBA All-Star Game?

    The 2021 NBA All-Star Game was moved from Indianapolis to Atlanta.

    How many teams are in the NBA?

    There are 30 teams in the NBA. The 30 teams in the NBA are Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.