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The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America and Canada. The NBA consists of 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada) that are divided into the Western and Eastern conferences.

The NBA is widely considered to be the elite level of men's professional basketball in the world. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes in the world by average annual salary per player.

The 2019-20 NBA season will be the 74th season of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

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What is the NBA?

The NBA is a men's professional basketball league in North America and Canada.

What does NBA stand for?

NBA stands for the National Basketball Association.

Where is the NBA played?

The NBA is played primarily in North America and Canada with games also held in England.

When is the NBA regular season?

The 2019-20 NBA regular season will begin on October 22, 2019 and end on August 14, 2020.

When are the NBA Playoffs?

The 2019-20 NBA playoffs will be played from August 17 - September 30, 2020.

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.

When is the NBA Finals?

The 2019-20 NBA Finals will be played from September 30 - October 12, 2020.

Who has won the most NBA Championships?

Boston Celtics have won 17 NBA Championships, one more than the Los Angeles Lakers who have won 16 NBA Championships.

Which NBA team has not won a Championship?

The Charlotte Hornets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans have never won an NBA championship.

When is the NBA All-Star Game?

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played on February 16, 2020.

Where is the NBA All-Star Game?

The 2020 NBA All-Star Game was played at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

How many teams are in the NBA?

There are 30 teams in the NBA.

What teams play 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.

NBA Live Streaming

NBA live streaming is a great way to watch all the NBA games no matter where you are. All you need is a digital device and a suitable internet connection. Watch NBA on your mobile, tablet, pc or tv with NBA live streams where ever you are.

Watch NBA live streaming on NBA TV available with the NBA League Pass. The NBA League Pass gives you access to all NBA games including the Playoffs, NBA finals and exclusive NBA TV content.

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NBA Free Bets

Get NBA free bets to get your betting account off to a winning start. Many bookies offer NBA free bets to new and existing customers including the NBA All Star Game, NBA Playoffs and NBA Finals.

NBA Bet of the Day

Our NBA Bet of the Day is our best tip and selection from the daily slate of games. It could be a team to win or moneyline, total over/under, handicap or line, player prop or multibet.

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NBA Betting Odds

NBA betting odds will be offered by every major online bookmaker, find the best bookie with our bookmaker reviews. NBA betting odds can fluctuate with different lines or handicaps so do your homework and always get the best NBA betting odds.

NBA Playoffs

The NBA playoffs are a best-of-seven elimination tournament that takes place after the NBA regular season. The top eight teams in the East and West conference qualify for the NBA playoffs with the winners of each conference meeting in the NBA Finals.

The winners in the first round of the NBA playoffs advance to the second round or conference semifinals. The two conference semifinals winners advance to the third round or conference finals. The winner from  the East and West conference advance to the NBA Finals.

All rounds in the NBA playoffs are best-of-seven series with home-court advantage seeing the hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7. Their opponent hosts games 3, 4, and 6.

NBA Format

All 30 NBA teams go through a 82 game regular season beginning with the 8 teams from each conference competing in a playoff series. The Eastern and Western conference champions then square off in the grand finale, the NBA Finals which culminates in June.

NBA Betting Sites

Make sure you check out the best NBA betting sites with the most markets and best odds. We have bookmaker reviews to help you find the best bookie in your country of residence.

NBA Bookie Promotions

NBA bookie promotions can include enhanced odds on a team to win, or higher odds on a player market like over/under points, rebounds and assists. Take advantage of NBA bookie promotions throughout the NBA season.

NBA Schedule

It's important to know the NBA schedule if you are to maximise your betting potential. Teams play on road trips and home stands, altitude can be a factor in certain cities and travel can play a big part in rest and fatigue. 

NBA Standings

The NBA standings will show you the top 15 teams in the Western Conference and Eastern Conference. The NBA Standings also show the NBA by division with the teams in each division listed below.

NBA Eastern Conference Teams

Atlantic Division Central Division Southeast Division
Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat
Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Charlotte Hornets
Toronto Raptors Detroit Pistons Atlanta Hawks
Brooklyn Nets Chicago Bulls Washington Wizards
New York Knicks Cleveland Cavaliers Orlando Magic

NBA Western Conference Teams

Northwest Division Pacific Division Southwest Division
Denver Nuggets Los Angeles Lakers Dallas Mavericks
Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns Houston Rockets
Minnesota Timberwolves LA Clippers San Antonio Spurs
Portland Trail Blazers Golden State Warriors Memphis Grizzlies
Oklahoma City Thunder Sacramento Kings New Orleans Pelicans

NBA Scores

Get the latest NBA scores so you can start planning ahead by finding value in the NBA betting markets. Find the players scoring all the points and grabbing all the boards in the box score so you can get more of your NBA predictions correct.

NBA Results

The NBA results will show streaks in the win and loss column that can show you what teams are in or out of form. Check the NBA results as soon as they happen so you stay on top of the bookies.

NBA Highlights

NBA highlights are a great way to catch up on all the NBA action. Get more in depth knowledge of what's happening on the court by watching NBA highlights and checking out all the dunks.

NBA News

Get the latest NBA news and stay up to date with everything that's happening in the NBA. Players get injured which can affect teams especially if they are superstar players like LeBron James, Kahwi Leonard and Kevin Durant.

NBA Rumours

NBA rumours will give you the heads up about player trades or locker room unrest that can affect a team on the court. Player trades can turn an NBA franchise in an instant and turn a mediocre team into a title contender.

NBA Social Media

Follow all the NBA social media sites so you get all the latest news, features, player interviews, fan features and NBA specials:

NBA Betting Markets

NBA betting markets resemble NFL betting markets in many ways with three main bets that bettors use:

Money Line, Winner

A money line bet on an NBA game is the most basic bets, with the bettor selecting the winner of the game.  

Total Points

The total points betting market refers to the combined points that will be scored by both teams in an NBA match. Sportsbook gives punters the option of taking an Over/Under bet on the Totals Market. 

Handicap, Line, Spread

Handicap, line or spread betting focuses on a number of points that either team will have to overcome of protect. The points handicap is often called ‘the spread’ in the US betting market. 

There is often great value in the handicap market once you familiarise yourself with players and rosters. For example, the Los Angeles Lakers might be at odds of +6.5 against the Golden State Warriors -6.5. A bet on the Lakers would win if they lose the game by six or less points, while a bet on the Warriors would pay out if they win or win by seven points or more.

Half Time/Full Time

Predict which team will be winning at half time and at full time, this bet can be useful in lopsided NBA games to give you more value than a win bet.

Player points, rebounds and assists

There are a number of different betting options if you want to bet on one player in an NBA game. Bet on how many points a player will score, how many rebounds they will pull down or how many assists they will dish out. There are combinations available with different bookmakers including points + rebounds, points + rebounds + assists. 

Alternative Totals

If an NBA game is tipped to go way over or under the total points, use alternative totals to get more value by predicting a game where many more or less points will be scored.

Team Points

These bets take the winner and loser out of the equation. Betting on only one team to score a certain amount of points can be done in different betting markets, such as over/under total points.

Other NBA Betting Markets

Punters have the potential to wager on hundreds of specific outcomes for an NBA match. These include 1st quarter, 1st and 2nd Half, Alternative Handicap Markets and individual team totals.

NBA Champions & Runners-Up

YearWestern ChampionResultEastern Champion
2019Golden State Warriors2–4Toronto Raptors
2018Golden State Warriors4–0Cleveland Cavaliers
2017Golden State Warriors4–1Cleveland Cavaliers
2016Golden State Warriors3–4Cleveland Cavaliers
2015Golden State Warriors4–2Cleveland Cavaliers
2014San Antonio Spurs4–1Miami Heat
2013San Antonio Spurs3–4Miami Heat
2012Oklahoma City Thunder1–4Miami Heat
2011Dallas Mavericks4–2Miami Heat
2010Los Angeles Lakers4–3Boston Celtics
2009Los Angeles Lakers4–1Orlando Magic
2008Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celtics
2007San Antonio Spurs4–0Cleveland Cavaliers
2006Dallas Mavericks2–4Miami Heat
2005San Antonio Spurs4–3Detroit Pistons
2004Los Angeles Lakers1–4Detroit Pistons
2003San Antonio Spurs4–2New Jersey Nets
2002Los Angeles Lakers4–0New Jersey Nets
2001Los Angeles Lakers4–1Philadelphia 76ers
2000Los Angeles Lakers4–2Indiana Pacers
1999San Antonio Spurs4–1New York Knicks
1998Utah Jazz2–4Chicago Bulls
1997Utah Jazz2–4Chicago Bulls
1996Seattle SuperSonics2–4Chicago Bulls
1995Houston Rockets4–0Orlando Magic
1994Houston Rockets4–3New York Knicks
1993Phoenix Suns2–4Chicago Bulls
1992Portland Trail Blazers2–4Chicago Bulls
1991Los Angeles Lakers1–4Chicago Bulls
1990Portland Trail Blazers1–4Detroit Pistons
1989Los Angeles Lakers0–4Detroit Pistons
1988Los Angeles Lakers4–3Detroit Pistons
1987Los Angeles Lakers4–2Boston Celtics
1986Houston Rockets2–4Boston Celtics
1985Los Angeles Lakers4–2Boston Celtics
1984Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics
1983Los Angeles Lakers0–4Philadelphia 76ers
1982Los Angeles Lakers4–2Philadelphia 76ers
1981Houston Rockets2–4Boston Celtics
1980Los Angeles Lakers4–2Philadelphia 76ers
1979Seattle SuperSonics4–1Washington Bullets
1978Seattle SuperSonics3–4Washington Bullets
1977Portland Trail Blazers4–2Philadelphia 76ers
1976Phoenix Suns2–4Boston Celtics
1975Golden State Warriors4–0Washington Bullets
1974Milwaukee Bucks3–4Boston Celtics
1973Los Angeles Lakers1–4New York Knicks
1972Los Angeles Lakers4–1New York Knicks
1971Milwaukee Bucks4–0Baltimore Bullets
1970Los Angeles Lakers3–4New York Knicks
1969Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics
1968Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celtics
1967San Francisco Warriors2–4Philadelphia 76ers
1966Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics
1965Los Angeles Lakers1–4Boston Celtics
1964San Francisco Warriors1–4Boston Celtics
1963Los Angeles Lakers2–4Boston Celtics
1962Los Angeles Lakers3–4Boston Celtics
1961St. Louis Hawks1–4Boston Celtics
1960St. Louis Hawks3–4Boston Celtics
1959Minneapolis Lakers0–4Boston Celtics
1958St. Louis Hawks4–2Boston Celtics
1957St. Louis Hawks3–4Boston Celtics
1956Fort Wayne Pistons1–4Philadelphia Warriors
1955Fort Wayne Pistons3–4Syracuse Nationals
1954Minneapolis Lakers4–3Syracuse Nationals
1953Minneapolis Lakers4–1New York Knicks
1952Minneapolis Lakers4–3New York Knicks
1951Rochester Royals4–3New York Knicks
1950Minneapolis Lakers4–2Syracuse Nationals
1949Minneapolis Lakers4–2Washington Capitols
1948Baltimore Bullets4–2Philadelphia Warriors
1947Chicago Stags1–4Philadelphia Warriors

NBA Champions

The Boston Celtics are the most successful NBA team in history with 17 Championships. There are often periods where one team dominates the competition such as the Celtics in the 1960’s, Los Angeles Lakers in the 1980’s and 2000’s, the Chicago Bulls in the 1990’s and currently the Golden State Warriors from 2015-2019.

TeamsWinLossTotalYear(s) wonYear(s) lost
Boston Celtics174211957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984, 1986, 20081958, 1985, 1987, 2010
Los Angeles Lakers1615311949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 20101959, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1983, 1984, 1989, 1991, 2004, 2008
Golden State Warriors65111947, 1956, 1975, 2015, 2017, 20181948, 1964, 1967, 2016, 2019
Chicago Bulls6061991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998
San Antonio Spurs5161999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 20142013
Philadelphia 76ers3691955, 1967, 19831950, 1954, 1977, 1980, 1982, 2001
Detroit Pistons3471989, 1990, 20041955, 1956, 1988, 2005
Miami Heat3252006, 2012, 20132011, 2014
New York Knicks2681970, 19731951, 1952, 1953, 1972, 1994, 1999
Houston Rockets2241994, 19951981, 1986
Cleveland Cavaliers14520162007, 2015, 2017, 2018
Atlanta Hawks13419581957, 1960, 1961
Washington Wizards13419781971, 1975, 1979
Oklahoma City Thunder13419791978, 1996, 2012
Portland Trail Blazers12319771990, 1992
Milwaukee Bucks11219711974
Dallas Mavericks11220112006
Baltimore Bullets1011948
Sacramento Kings1011951
Toronto Raptors1012019
Phoenix Suns0221976, 1993
Utah Jazz0221997, 1998
Brooklyn Nets0222002, 2003
Orlando Magic0221995, 2009
Chicago Stags0111947
Washington Capitols0111949
Indiana Pacers0112000
Charlotte Hornets
Denver Nuggets
Los Angeles Clippers
Memphis Grizzlies
Minnesota Timberwolves
New Orleans Pelicans

NBA History

The Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946. The first NBA game was played on November 1, 1946, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada when the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens.

The NBA introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.

Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics in 1957 and went on to lead the Celtics to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. That run included eight straight championships from 1959 to 1966 which is the longest streak in NBA history. 

The NBA evolved with the Minneapolis Lakers moving to Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Warriors relocating to San Francisco, the Syracuse Nationals moving to Philadelphia to become the Philadelphia 76ers and the St. Louis Hawks moving to Atlanta.

The Chicago Packers became the ninth NBA team in 1961. The NBA saw rapid expansion from 1966 to 1968 when it expanded from 9 to 14 teams. In 1967 the NBA faced a threat from the American Basketball Association (ABA) who succeeded in signing a number of major stars in the 1970s.

From 1966 to 1974 the NBA grew from 9 franchises to 18. Following the 1976 season the ABA and NBA reached a settlement which saw the addition of four ABA franchises to the NBA - San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, and New York Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets).

The NBA added the ABA's three-point field goal in 1979. Larry Bird and Magic Johnson joined the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers respectively which saw interest in the NBA grow significantly.

In the 1980s Johnson led the Lakers to five NBA titles and Bird led the Celtics to three NBA titles.

Michael Jordan entered the league in 1984 with the Chicago Bulls. The Detroit Pistons won the back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990 but the Bulls became the dominant force with Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the Bulls to two three-peats in eight years from 1991 to 1998.

Hakeem Olajuwon led the Houston Rockets to back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995.

In 1998 the NBA owners began a lockout that suspended the season until a new labor agreement was reached. Half the season was lost.

In the early 2000's Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships. 

The 2008 Finals saw a rematch of the NBA's biggest rivalry, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics won their 17th championship largely thanks to the big three of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

In 2011 there was another lockout which resulted in a shortened 66-game season. 

LeBron James became the dominant player in the NBA when he switched from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat. After four seasons with the Heat, LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers. In 2016 he led the Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship, becoming the first team in history to overturn a 3-1 deficit in the Finals.

In the 2016-17 season, the Golden State Warriors recruited Kevin Durant. He was the Most Valuable Player in the 2017 NBA Finals and led the team to another Championship in 2018 when the Warriors swept the Cavaliers.

During free agency in 2018 LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors returned to the Finals for the fifth straight year but were beaten 4-2 by the Toronto Raptors who were led by Kawhi Leonard. It was the Raptors' first NBA championship.

On March 11, 2020 the NBA suspended the remainder of its season "until further notice" because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The season restarted on July 30, 2020 with 22 teams playing eight additional regular season games to determine playoff seeding.