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Formed in 1946, the National Basketball Association (NBA) is the top basketball league in not only America but the world. Featuring twenty-nine American clubs as well as the Toronto Raptors from Canada, the NBA is home to the world's best basketball players including LeBron James, Anthony Davis and James Harden. Despite being dominated by American players, there is also a strong international presence in the NBA, with players like Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia, Giannis Antetokounmpo from Greece and Ben Simmons from Australia all playing starring roles for their respective clubs.

The NBA was created when owners of major ice hockey arenas came together to form the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The first game took place in November of 1946 in Toronto, when the Toronto Huskies played host to the New York Knicks. In 1949, the league would expand and change its name to the NBA. The 50s and 60s were dominated by the Boston Celtics, who, along with the New York Knicks, are the only clubs that were one of the inaugurating teams of the BAA, and still exist in the NBA today under their original name. Players like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan caused a massive increase in popularity during the 80s and 90s, with audience numbers continuing to grow to this day.

The 30 teams are split into two conferences: east and west- which are in turn divided into three divisions each containing five teams. In the East there are the Atlantic, Central and Southeast divisions, while the West contains the Northwest, Pacific and Southwest divisions. With each team playing 82 games per season (four times against division rivals, three to four times against conference opponents, and twice against teams from the other conference), NBA betting is popular amongst punters however it can be fatiguing given the longevity of the season. Like most sport leagues in the world, home advantage is massive, and it's good to look out for teams like the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets who have had excellent home records in past seasons.

Once all teams have played 82 games, the playoffs begin, in which the top eight teams from each conference battle it out in an elimination-style series before one team is crowned NBA champion. Each NBA final must contain one team from each conference, and in recent years, it has been the West that has been the dominant force. For sport fans and punters who like a fast-paced and action-packed viewing experience, the NBA is the league to follow. 

NBA News

Philadelphia Embiid

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 6 April 2019

With the NBA regular season almost done and dusted, Friday's fixtures present a mix of games where teams have either plenty or nothing to play for. The undoubted highlight comes first up, when Ben Simmons' Sixers host the ladder-leading Bucks. .....

Apr 05, 2019 09:16AM
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GSW Bogut

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 22 March 2019

There's some fascinating fixtures this Friday for NBA punters to get excited about. None more so than Andrew Bogut's return to the Oracle Arena, when the Warriors host the Pacers. Read our NBA betting pick for that game, as well as Denver's tri.....

Mar 21, 2019 03:08PM
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Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 15 March 2019

It's that time of year when fans are scrambling to do the maths and work out if their team can still make playoffs. One club in with a distant shot is the Sacramento Kings, who will need to produce something special when they take to the court in .....

Mar 15, 2019 01:47PM
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Milwaukee Bucks Greek Freak

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 8 March 2019

With just over a month of the NBA regular season to play, both of Friday's games have huge bearing on the playoffs pictu.....

Mar 08, 2019 09:37AM
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Philadelphia Ben Simmons

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 1 March 2019

Last week, our free NBA tips steered punters into three wins from three. With another cracking set of fixtures schedu.....

Mar 01, 2019 11:27AM
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NBA Celtics Bucks

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 22 February 2019

NBA action returns after the All-Star weekend, as the competition enters the final stretch and the race toward.....

Feb 22, 2019 10:14AM
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Milwaukee Bucks Greek Freak

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for the NBA All-Star Game 2019

It's All-Star time. Even the most casual NBA observer gets excited about the All-Star game, when the world's .....

Feb 14, 2019 07:25PM
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Lakers Lebron James

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 8 February 2019

It's been absolute chaos in the NBA in recent days, with the trade period reaching its climax.  The stunning news tha.....

Feb 07, 2019 05:32PM
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Toronto Raptors Kawhi Leonard

Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday's Fixtures 1 February 2019

Friday's feast of NBA fixtures is headlined by the top-of-the-table clash between the Raptors and Bucks, which promises .....

Feb 01, 2019 11:14AM
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Free NBA Picks: Best bets for Friday games 25 January 2019

Friday's NBA schedule sees some fascinating fixtures take place.  The Pelicans will look to stay in touch wi.....

Jan 24, 2019 09:51AM
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