NBA PICKS & PREDICTIONS for Thursday, April 22, 2021
We offer NBA picks for the regular season, playoffs and finals. Our team of experts analyzes all NBA games to make it easy for you, and they provide only the best free NBA picks and NBA player props. Our experts pay great attention to the quality of the NBA picks to make the highest possible profit. Check back here every day to make sure you never miss a free NBA pick!
FREE NBA PICKS TODAY
We present you with the best free NBA picks today and every day. Each pick must meet many criteria before being published on our homepage. Our NBA experts analyze:
- the team statistics
- the squad
- player injuries
- current form
- and much more
Using this method, we can provide you with the best selection of free NBA picks daily.
HOW TO BET ON BASKETBALL
The NBA is the second most popular sport for sports betting in the U.S.A. and Canada after the NFL. There are more than 2,000 NBA games per season and you have the opportunity to place bets on them almost every day. There are many ways to bet on NBA games. The most popular bets are:
- Against the spread
- Over/under betting
- Player props
- Parlay picks
We will explain the meaning of these terms and offer recommendations for how to place successful bets on the NBA.
AGAINST THE SPREAD PICKS
NBA picks against the spread (ATS) are the most popular of all sports betting options in U.S. sports. This is because the bookmaker can offer the bettor more lucrative betting odds for the victory of a favorite than they could with a moneyline bet. For example, let’s say the Los Angeles Lakers are playing against the Detroit Pistons. The bookie offers moneyline odds for a Lakers win of -300 (1.33). The bookmaker sets the spread at +10.5 points in favor of the Pistons. This means the Lakers must win the game by 11 points or more, so the bookmaker offers an against the spread odds of -120 (1.83). In addition to the risk of whether the bet will be won, the odds and the potential profit may also increase.
The explanation above uses the term “moneyline” - let’s talk about what that means. Moneyline is a bet that one team will win the game, which includes possible overtime. If you bet on a favorite, the odds with moneyline will be smaller than with against the spread. However, the risk is lower, because the team does not have to win the match with a fictitious advantage set by the bookmaker. Here is an example to explain the difference between moneyline and against the spread: the Miami Heat are playing against the Dallas Mavericks. Miami goes into the game as a slight favorite and the bookmaker offers moneyline odds of -145 (1.69). The bookmaker sets a line of -3.5 against the spread and offers odds of -115 (1.87). If you bet on the Heat moneyline, you will win your bet if the Heat wins the game in regulation time or overtime, no matter how many points they are ahead. When betting against the spread, Miami must win by at least 4 points or more (including possible overtime) to win your bet.
The odds of against the spread picks are higher than moneyline odds when betting on a favorite. Therefore, the risk of losing the bet also increases.
Over/under picks are a popular choice when betting on the NBA, especially when you are not sure who will win the game. In over/under picks, the points scored by both teams are added together, regardless of who won the game. Many bookmakers offer bettors two different ways to bet on over/under points. Here are two examples:
Over/Under 235.5 points
You bet on over. Your bet wins if 236 or more points are scored.
Over/Under 217.0 points
You bet on over. Your bet wins if 218 or more points are scored. If exactly 217 points are scored, your bet will be refunded.
We look at many statistics, the current form of both teams and player injuries when selecting our free NBA over/under picks. This is the only way of consistently betting successfully on over/under in the NBA.
BASKETBALL PLAYER PROPS
NBA player props allow you to bet on the performance of a player. Most bookmakers offer the following NBA player props:
- Points, assists and rebounds
- 3-pointers made
- Does the player achieve a double-double or triple-double?
- How many turnovers does a player cause?
- And many more
As you can see, you can place a bet on almost anything in the NBA. We have generated the most profit with NBA player props in recent years. Do you want to profit from our NBA player props? If so, become a premium member for free!
Parlay picks have their appeal and are very popular with sports bettors. Everyone has seen the posts on Twitter that show people winning a big sum of money from a small bet.
Since parlay picks are so popular, we would like to briefly explain what is a parlay bet and how to calculate your possible winnings on a parlay bet. A parlay bet is a combination of several bets.
HOW DO I CALCULATE THE ODDS OF A PARLAY?
All bookmakers automatically calculate the possible profit of a parlay. We will show you an example of how the calculation is done.
Example betting slip:
- Boston Celtics @ Brooklyn Nets: Celtics (+4.5) -120 (1.83)
- Golden State Warriors @ Denver Nuggets: Nuggets (-3.5) +100 (2.00)
- Los Angeles Clippers @ Phoenix Suns: Clippers (-7.5) -130 (1.77)
- Convert the American odds to decimal odds by using this odds calculator (Canadians can go directly to the calculation).
- Multiply all decimal odds together to get your multiplier
- Multiply the multiplier by your wager
- Subtract the value “1” from the multiplier to get your American parlay odds
This is the calculation based on our example:
- 1.83 x 2.00 x 1.77 = 6.48
- 6.48 - 1 = 5.48
- 5.48 as an American odd is +548
- 6.48 is the Canadian odds
Every bookmaker now also offers the same game parlays. These allow you to combine different sports betting options from one game together. The calculation of the winnings is identical to that of a normal parlay as you can see above.
We learned from years of experience that parlays are not profitable overall. It’s better to focus on single bets if you want to have fun and success with sports betting in the long run.
WHICH TEAM PLAYS IN WHICH DIVISION?
The 30 NBA teams are divided into two conferences and six divisions as follows.
- Boston Celtics
- Brooklyn Nets
- New York Knicks
- Philadelphia 76ers
- Toronto Raptors
- Chicago Bulls
- Cleveland Cavaliers
- Detroit Pistons
- Indiana Pacers
- Milwaukee Bucks
- Atlanta Hawks
- Charlotte Hornets
- Miami Heat
- Orlando Magic
- Washington Wizards
- Denver Nuggets
- Minnesota Timberwolves
- Oklahoma City Thunder
- Portland Trail Blazers
- Utah Jazz
- Golden State Warriors
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Phoenix Suns
- Sacramento Kings
- Dallas Mavericks
- Houston Rockets
- Memphis Grizzlies
- New Orleans Pelicans
- San Antonio Spurs
NBA PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS
As soon as the exciting NBA playoff phase starts, we will present to you our free NBA playoff predictions.
HOW CAN I WIN BETTING ON BASKETBALL?
In general, to be successful with NBA betting, you must be better than the bookmaker. You must have the ability to convert odds into probability. You also have to give a probability to your possible NBA bet. If the probability you have set is higher than the bookmaker's, then you have found an NBA value bet. Value bets do not mean that you will make a permanent profit. You must be as accurate as possible in determining your probability to beat the bookmaker consistently. If you are still making a loss, you will have to adjust the parameters that you used to determine your probability. This can be a long process. We have adjusted our formula many times throughout the years, therefore we now have a way to offer profitable free NBA picks to you.
WHERE CAN I BET ON BASKETBALL?
Every bookmaker who is legal in the U.S.A. offers customers the possibility of betting on the NBA. The bookies differ from one another in the variety of bets and betting options available.
Best U.S. bookies for betting on the NBA:
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