Basketball Free Bets
Considered a niche sport by some on these shores but loved by millions around the world, basketball is a big deal and there are plenty of opportunities to make money out of it with a range of basketball free betting markets available.
The pinnacle of basketball action anywhere on the planet is in the National Basketball Association in the USA, commonly known as the NBA. Here reside all the world’s top players compete for all the most recognisable teams on the face of the earth from the Chicago Bulls to the New York Knicks and from the Boston Celtics to the LA Lakers.
Today's Basketball Tip
Houston Rockets to win the NBA at 4/1 with Ladbrokes.
2018-19 NBA Season
The season runs from 16 October 2018 – 10 April 2019 with the Playoffs from 13 April into May.
Midway through December, the surprisingly dominant force in the Eastern Conference has been Toronto Raptors who have won 22 and lost just seven of their opening 29 games. New coach Nick Nurse is having an impressive impact on the Raptors who lost out in the Conference semi-finals last season.
Golden State Warriors are, once again, a significant threat and are comfortably top of the Western Conference’s Pacific Division, while James Harden has also kept up his impressive form of last season, leading the Points Per Game stats.
2017-18 NBA Season
Golden State Warriors surged to NBA Finals glory in June 2018, comfortable beating Cleveland Cavaliers in the final series. Thanks to the almost unstoppable pairing of Steph Curry and Kevin Durrant, the Warriors battered the Cavaliers 4-0 in the finals.
Durrant won his second consecutive NFA Finals MVP Award thanks to his 28.8 points per game in the finals, although Curry was not far behing with 27.5 PPG. LeBron James of the Cavaliers actually racked up an incredible 34 PPG, but Kevin Love could not give him the support that the Warriors gave each other.
James Harden of the Houston Rockets claimed the Season MVP and Top Scorer, notching 30.4 points per game as the Rockets topped the Eastern Conference’s southwest division. Houston lost out narrowly to Golden State in the Playoff semi-finals after claiming a 3-2 lead in the seven-match series, before losing the last two to miss out on the finals.
Where should you place your Basketball free bet?
As with any team sports it will come of no surprise that for each match there is a win/lose market. What tends to be the case with basketball is that there is a clear odds-on favourite in each contest which makes accumulators on the favourites a more tempting prospect and a canny underdog selection all the more profitable.
A very popular bet, as with most American sports, is the point spread, otherwise known as handicap betting. This suits matches which have clear favourites as you can back them at a much more generous price to win by a certain margin or pick the underdogs to triumph if they had a head start by a number of points.
The in play markets are also a popular market when betting for free on basketball, it is a frenetic, fast-paced game though so be ready to go if you see a price you like because it will change in a matter of seconds. All the best odds and tips from us at FREEbets.org.uk are right here on this page just above.
The NBA is split into two Conferences, the Eastern and the Western and each has three Divisions within them. The obvious markets arise from that format as you can plump for the winner of each division and each conference from before a ball is touched right the way until the play-offs. The season runs from October to April each year with the play-offs then taking place from April to June.
Of course you can back the team who you fancy winning the NBA Championship from as early as you want as well but it is a mighty tricky thing to call before Christmas.
Other markets you can use your free basketball bet on include:
- Point Spread
- Total Points
- Half Time/Full Time
- Winning Margin
- Team to Score First Basket
- First Scoring Play
- 1st Quarter Winner
- Race To 10 Points
- And loads more
It swings in roundabouts in the NBA. Their draft system ensures that the teams who finish in the bottom slots of their conference have a chance to acquire the best young players in the country, or trade him away for a proven asset. To stay on top with the salary caps in place and the power players have in their contracts, building your dynasty can be a tough proposition for any general manager, but keeping it is even harder.
Most popular players
King James is the biggest household name out of anyone playing basketball on the planet - bar none. He was considered one of the greatest players of all-time even before the NBA Finals last year, but after he drove Cleveland to overturn a 3-1 Finals deficit - the first time anyone has ever managed that feat - against a 73-9 Golden State side and brought a championship to his home state, he became legendary. He led all players in points, assists, rebounds, steals and blocks in those Finals, too. James is a four-time MVP and 13-time All-Star.
Chef Curry is one-half of the 'Splash Bros' alongside backcourt partner Klay Thompson for the ultra-successful Golden State Warriors and it is not a stretch to say the point guard has helped revolutionise the game of basketball. The three-point shot has become far more prevalent because of Curry and there is no disputing his is the master of it. During the 2012–13 season, Curry set the NBA record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272. He surpassed that record in 2015 with 286, and again in 2016 with 402. He won back-to-back MVP awards and is the only player to have won the award unanimously, which he did in 2016.
Durantula was the most talked about man in basketball last summer. After nine seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the 2014 MVP was a free agent on the open market and opted to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the very team that had just knocked him out of the playoffs after OKC squandered a 3-1 lead. KD is one of the best shooters in the NBA period, and he is just as good inside the D as he is out on the perimeter. Now that he is with the Warriors, everyone is expected them to romp to success in 2017.
When KD left OKC, he left behind his superstar teammate Russell Westbrook. Brodie is an explosive point guard that has been doing phenomenal things since Durant departed and he is currently averaging a triple-double on the home straight of the 2016-17 season. Only one man has ever done that before, and that was Oscar Robertson in the 1960s, so that tells you what a feat it is. Russ will probably move to a bigger market in search of winning championships sooner or later, but for now, he is driving OKC to the playoffs and he is damn entertaining to watch. He is a two-time All-Star MVP and current MVP after averaging a triple-double last season, the first player to do so in 40 years.
The Beard was always a great offensive player, but he has stepped it up to another level since coach Mike D'Antoni make him the point guard for the Houston Rockets. Prior to that, Harden was an excellent scorer at the two spot (shooting guard) but it looks like behind his flurry of triple-doubles, the Rockets look primed to take the second spot in the west behind the Warriors. The 27-year-old has become the face of Adidas and he is a five-time All-Star.
The San Antonio Spurs' small forward might not be one of the most popular men in the league in terms of his personality and presence, because, frankly, he doesn't really show/have any. But, when it comes to play on the court, he is the best two-way player in the league not named LeBron James, and arguably, better than him. He made his name guarding LeBron out of the 2014 NBA Finals and that earned him the Finals MVP award as well as a title. Now that Tim Duncan has retired, Leonard is tasked with leading the Spurs towards more titles and will be an MVP contender for year to come.
Melo is one of the most decorated college players you could ever wish to meet, but the small forward has not translated his success to the NBA. The 32-year-old finally got his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder after rotting with the New York Knicks under Phil Jackson and his myraid of terrible decisions, but after the Zen Master left, Melo finally got his trade to a winner. Alongside Paul George and MVP Russell Westbrook, OKC can be a real threat to the Golden State Warriors in the West.
Boogie is a popular player for maybe all the wrong reasons. He was recently traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for an underwhelming return, but given all the bad publicity the center brings with him, Sacramento were left in a tough spot when looking for deals. Regardless of that, Cousins is the best offensive man at the five spot since Shaquille O'Neal and we don't say that lightly. He can easily put up 30 points a night, the only thing in question is his temperment. Having said that, the fans love his nature.
CP3 is the best pure playmaker in the NBA today. He can drop a dime before you know what's happened, and there is no better point guard at assessing the floor that Paul. The 31-year-old has not enjoyed championship success yet either, and he has now departed the Los Angeles Clippers to play alongside James Harden and make a superstar backcourt in Houston. Houston were only second to the Warriors in three-point shots made last season; if CP3 can get their offense more open looks then that is very bad news for the rest of the league.
How to claim your Basketball Free Bet
The best of the action may be restricted to America but that does not stop punters around the world getting to view the games and place their bets with all major bookmakers offering odds and some providing live streaming of the contests.
When you have decided on the free bet of your choice then you simply need to sign up with a bookmaker and place it; luckily this could not be easier. Click on the link to your preferred bookie on the right of this page, this will take you through to their homepage.
Once there you follow the straight forward instructions to register with them, this is painless and will take a couple of minutes max. You will then be ready to cash in so find basketball in the sportsbook, then your selection which will be within. Clicking on the odds will transfer the bet to the betting slip and the bookie will take you from there.
2018 All-Star teams
The NBA changed things up this year. Instead of fans voting for who would partiicpate in the All-Star game - set to be held in Los Angeles - along with journalists, fans voted for the captain of each side and then he would be able to pick from a pool of players who had gained enough votes. In this instance, it's not going to be East Vs West; teams will be mixed and the captain can pick from anywhere.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry were given the honours of captaining the respective sides and they drafted as follows:
James drafted DeMarcus Cousins (New Orleans Pelicans), Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Kevin Durant (Golden State) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics) to jplay alongside him in the starting lineup. To complete Team LeBron, James selected LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio Spurs), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Kevin Love (Cleveland), Victor Oladipo (Indiana Pacers), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks), John Wall (Washington) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) as reserves.
Curry will obviously start on Team Stephen alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers) and James Harden (Houston Rockets). For reserves, Curry chose Jimmy Butler (Minnesota Timberwolves), Draymond Green (Golden State), Al Horford (Boston), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kyle Lowry (Toronto), Klay Thompson (Golden State) and Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota).
Amazing teams, right?
How popular is basketball around the world?
Unlike football, rugby or cricket where there may be some debate about the best competition on the planet the summit when it comes to basketball is without a doubt the NBA.
That is not to say that other competitions do not exist though and there is an improving Euro League event which features many recognisable team names from the world of soccer including Real Madrid and Barcelona. There is plenty of opportunity to bet on this action as well but in truth, if you are keen basketball gambler your attention will always be drawn across the pond.
The regular season runs from October through to mid-April. Then, the postseson begins with the top eight sides from both east and west conferences until the best two meet in the final in June. The NBA champions for the season are then crowned handed the iconic Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
2018 All-Star Game
For the first time, the NBA strayed away from the typical east versus west and instead had two captains voted in from each conference. LeBron James and Stephen Curry wo the honours of drafting their own sides and Team LeBron would win 148-145 with LeBron winning the All-Star game MVP award for the third time, but the first time in 10 years. Curry's starting lineup had himself, James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, DeMAr DeRozan and Joel Embiid while LeBron had himself, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis.
Players to look out for
Boston Celtics - Kyrie Irving (PG)
Brooklyn Nets - D'Angeo Russell (PG)
New York Knicks - Kristaps Porzingis (PF)
Philadelphia 76ers - Joel Embiid (C)
Toronto Raptors - DeMar DeRozan (SG)
Chicago Bulls - Zach LaVine (PG)
Cleveland Cavaliers - LeBron James (SF)
Detroit Pistons - Andre Drummond (C)
Indiana Pacers - Myles Turner (C)
Milwaukee Bucks - Giannis Antetokounmpo (G/F)
Atlanta Hawks - Kent Bazemore (SF)
Charlotte Hornets - Kemba Walker (PG)
Miami Heat - Hassan Whiteside (C)
Orlando Magic - Evan Fournier (SG)
Washington Wizards - John Wall (PG)
Denver Nuggets - Nikola Jokic (C)
Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns (C)
New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Davis (PF)
Portland Trail Blazers - Damian Lillard (PG)
Utah Jazz - Rudy Gobert (C)
Oklahoma City Thunder - Russell Westbrook (PG)
Golden State Warriors - Stephen Curry (PG)
L.A. Lakers - Lonzo Ball (PG)
L.A. Clippers - Blake Griffin (PF)
Phoenix Suns - Devin Booker (SG)
Sacramento Kings - D'Aaron Fox (PG)
Dallas Mavericks - Dirk Nowitzki (PF)
Houston Rockets - James Harden (PG)
San Antonio Spurs - Kawhi Leonard (SF)
Memphis Grizzlies - Mike Conley (PG)
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