With the NBA beginning in less than two weeks, now is the time to get ready for basketball betting. Did you know that in addition to the regular lines available at Diamond sportsbook for NBA and college hoops, you can also bet first half lines? Here is a look at first half basketball betting odds.
First Half Basketball Betting
When you bet on the first half it is just like betting on the full game except that it is only for the first half. You can bet halves on nearly all football games and most basketball games with either the pointspread, over/under and oftentimes the money line. You are probably very familiar with second half or what is referred to as halftime betting, especially in football. Betting the first half is done the same way.
Let’s look at some examples of first half basketball betting. Let’s say that the Lakers are home against Sacramento and laying 12 points. You may not want to lay the 12 points for the game so instead you lay the 6.5 or 7 points in the first half. You then don’t have to worry about a late backdoor cover if you are betting the Lakers. You just lay the 6.5 or 7 points in first half betting at the sportsbook.
Let’s take an example from college basketball. Sunday’s game between Murray State and Memphis had a full game line of Memphis -11 with the total listed at 140. The first half line had Memphis laying 6.5 points with the total at 65.5. You can see in this case that the oddsmakers normally take the full line, divide it in half and then add about a point to the favored team. With the total you will see the first half number listed less than half as second halves are normally higher scoring because of fouls and the potential for overtime.
As the NBA season is set to get underway you will have a multitude of options on the board at the sports book. Don’t forget about first half lines that will be available in the NBA and remember they are available right now for college hoops at Diamond sportsbook.