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Enjoy Betting on Basketball at Betiton Canada

Placing a basketball bet is no different than betting on other team sports. Once you have some basic knowledge of the sport and smart statistics at hand, you can take advantage of the excellent online betting in Canada value available at Betiton.

In betting terms, basketball is often regarded as being much more dynamic, fast-changing, and entertaining than many other sports. The game itself is one of the most fast-paced around, with fine margins often being separated in the final moments of games.

Whilst this makes for one of the most exhilarating sports on offer, basketball is also a potential goldmine for our Canadian punters to discover exciting betting options. It gives sports bettors a lot of opportunities when it comes to betting.

If you are looking for other lucrative markets outside the NBA, then don’t forget about college basketball or the EuroLeague, where hundreds of exciting games and a huge selection of betting options are available almost every day at Betiton.

With millions of adoring fans all over the world, basketball has become one of the most popular sports for punters too. With an array of exciting competitions taking place throughout the year, fast-paced basketball competitions are gaining even more attention.

Unlike the NFL, which is predominantly played just in the US, interest in the NBA is universal and is set to increase further in the years ahead. Plenty of juicy offers available for our users from Canada here.

Scoring in Basketball: How Does it Work?

Winning a game of basketball is very similar to how you would win a game of soccer, and that’s by scoring more than the opposing team. However, unlike soccer, which has single-point goals, basketball works via shots worth different points:

  • Free Throws
  • Two-Point Shots
  • Three-Point Shots

Free throws are worth only 1 point, and they happen when one team commits a foul against the other team. Free throws are unopposed shots given to the team that was fouled, and are shot from the free throw line.

Two-point shots are arguably the most common form of shots in basketball and they’re worth 2 points each. They occur whenever a team scores a shot from within the 3-point line, an arc around the net.

There are a handful of different sorts of 2-point shots, including: 

  • Dunk/Slam Dunk
  • Jump Shot
  • Layup
  • Bank Shot
  • Hook Shot

All of these shots are worth 2 points; the only difference between all of the shots is how they’re performed. For example, a slam dunk is when the player slams the ball through the hoop; a layup is when the player shoots the ball from beneath the net.

Finally, three-point shots are shots taken from outside the three-point line. The distance of the three-point line differs according to the particular tournament that’s being played. Also, shots taken by a player with his foot on the line count as 2 points. 

Bet on the Most Popular Basketball Events

  1. National Basketball Association (NBA)
  2. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  3. EuroLeague

National Basketball Association (NBA)

Established back in 1946, the NBA is renowned worldwide as the premier basketball competition for punters to place their online bets. Divided into two separate conferences, the Eastern and Western, the NBA league is made up of 30 teams based in both the US and Canada.

Each of these play out 82 regular-season games running from October to April. The top 8 teams in each conference are then seeded in order of record to play in a best-of-seven tournament. Finally, the conference champions will meet in the NBA finals in June to compete for the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Star players such as Kawhi LeonardLeBron James, Anthony DavisGiannis AntetokounmpoJames Harden, and Steph Curry have become household names and transformed the NBA into one of the most exciting sports for our Canadian users to bet on.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

The ever-increasing popularity of college basketball betting has established the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) as a highly competitive and evolving market. College basketball has been around since 1891, with campuses across the US competing for both state and national championships.

The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, commonly referred to as March Madness, has become synonymous with college basketball as one of the biggest betting frenzies of the year. It sees 68 teams compete in a single-elimination tournament over seven rounds for the national championship.

Teams such as Notre Dame and Duke are well known in college basketball circles for producing some of the most exciting young players who’ll eventually rise to the ranks of NBA stars. For all your basketball betting needs, access our sportsbook and have a look through our available markets.


Whilst still trailing behind the NBA in terms of audience viewers and income streams, the EuroLeague has grown exponentially in recent years. The event started back in 1935 and today has become an excellent source of entertainment for our users from Canada.

The advancement of technology has allowed the live streaming of Euroleague fixtures to give the competition a greater presence in basketball markets worldwide. The regular season consists of 30 games as teams aim to reach one of the 8 qualifying playoff positions.

The 8 successful teams will face off in a 5-game series, with the 4 winners qualifying for the Final Four, where the overall champion is crowned. The league consists of some of the top teams from around Europe including Spain’s Real Madrid and Russia’s CSKA Moscow.

Learn About Betting Markets With Betition

If you wish to begin sports betting, the first thing you’ll need to know about is what markets are. This is because markets are what you’ll be interacting with whenever you make a wager on any sport whatsoever.

In simple terms, markets are the wagers that are available on whichever sportsbooks you visit. For instance, if you access our sportsbook, you’ll notice a number of available bets to make, such as betting on which team will win in a match.

Those are the markets; they’re offered by bookmakers on certain conditions that need to happen in a game for the bet to win. This can be anything from betting on which team will win to how many points will be scored to which team will score first.

Each market also has odds attached to it. These are also calculated by the bookmaker depending on various factors, including previous performances of the teams, current team compositions, financial strenght of the team, and so on.

We’ll be explaining what odds are exactly and how you could use them to your advantage by assessing the risks and rewards of the wagers you’d like to make. Firstly, however, we’ll look at some examples of betting markets that we offer.

A Taste of Popular Markets

There are quite a few popular and interesting betting markets that our users can choose to play. Feel free to browse through our sportsbook to see what markets we offer on which games. Make sure to pay attention to the odds though!

Over/Under Points

This is an interesting betting market that’s played “against the bookie.” By that we mean that the bookmaker will declare his estimate of total points scored in a game. Punters have to go against his estimate by betting that there’ll be more (over) or less (under) total points.

Most Valuable Player

Punters need to bet on which player they think will win the illustrious Most Valuable Player award in the NBA. This is an award given to the top-performing player in the NBA and decided by a panel of sports broadcasters and sportswriters.

Handicap Bets

There are certain teams that are so powerful that sports fans and punters will already know that they’ll win the match. This creates an awkward situation where betting on the favorite is unprofitable and betting on the underdog is a waste of money.

This is where handicap bets come in. Handicap bets, or line bets as they’re also known, serve to ‘level’ the playing field by giving the underdog a head start and the favorite a handicap. What that means is that the underdog starts with a positive number of points.

On the other hand, the favorite starts with a negative number of points. In the actual game, they’ll still both start with 0 points, and the handicap only applies to the bets. So, in reality, the team you bet on could lose but you could still win the bet.

To illustrate our point, let’s use an example: in an NBA match between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, you could a handicap of +10/-10. This means that the Cavalier will start with 10 points, and the Lakers with -10 points.

Thus, the Lakers will need to score an extra 20 points for a wager on them to be successful. On the other hand, if the Cavaliers either win the game outright or they lose with no less than 10 points, than a bet on them will win.


Arguably the easiest bet to make from the list, this bet requires punters to bet on who they think the winner of the match will be.

First Scorer to X Points

As you might easily guess, this market requires punters to wager on whichever team they think will reach a set amount of points. For example, they will wager on which team they think will reach, or surpass, 20 points.

Total Points Scored

In this market, punters have to wager on what they think the total number of points scored in a match will be.

Betiton’s Crash Course to Betting: Odds & Tips

Like all sports, knowing where the best betting values are located is imperative to successful betting. Whilst losing is a natural part of betting, losing all the time is no fun; however, you can make more successful bets with a little bit of knowledge.

Without a basic understanding of how odds are calculated and when is the best time to place a bet, punters can struggle to maximise their fun when placing wagers on basketball. Read on if you want to get to grips with the basics.

What Are Odds? Read to Find Out

Betting on basketball can be a highly enjoyable experience if you know a thing or two about the sport. Betiton makes it easy for beginners to showcase their basketball betting skills by ensuring the best value on NBA matches on our sportsbook.

Understanding how odds work is crucial for successful punters. It will let you know the probability of a given outcome for a particular event; furthermore, they also show you how much the bet will pay you if it succeeds.

The odds can vary widely based on a host of reasons, such as the form of the teams, key players missing through injuries or suspension, head-to-head matchups, and more. Thus, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the odds as they might shift.

Moreover, whilst understanding the odds is imperative in order to be able to play smart bets, they’re still calculated by bookmakers. This means that odds aren’t necessary accurate, and different sportsbooks will offer different odds based on their predictions.

There are a good handful of ways that you could gain an edge over the odds, so to speak, including looking up tips. We’ll be talking about tips, and other ways to gain an advantage later on. In the next section, however, we’ll be explaining how odds work.

Of Risks & Rewards: How to Read Odds

First things first, it’s important to know that odds come in one of either 3 formats, which are: decimal, fractional, and American (or moneyline). Our Canadian users will generally encounter decimal odds on the sportsbooks they visit.

On our sportsbook, we offer all 3 formats. These formats all show the same things but they do so in different ways, meaning that picking between the 3 is solely a matter of preference. However, there’s a principle that all of these odds follow.

The higher they are, the higher the associated risk and the higher the reward. On the other hand, the lower the odds, the lower the risk but the lower the payout. Now, let us go through the formats and how they work.

Decimal Odds

Decimal odds work using decimal numbers, with the lowest possible number being 1. 1 indicates a 100% chance of success and anything above means that the likelihood of something happening is lower. You can intuit the likelihood using that number.

At the same time, you can calculate your payout using a simple equation. By multiplying your bet by the odds and then subtracting your original bet from the result, you can figure out the profit of the bet. Don’t worry, it’s not complicated.

Let’s say you bet $10 on odds of 4.25. To calculate your payout, simply do the following:

  • 10 x 4.25 = 42.5
  • 42.5 – 10 = 32.5

Therefore, the payout of the bet is $32.5.

Fractional Odds

Another common format is the fractional odds. These are typically used in Ireland and the UK, and they use fractions. There are a couple of simple tricks that you can use to determine both the payout and the probability of these odds.

By simply looking at the numbers in the fractions, you can easily determine both things. To figure out the likelihood of the odds, check which number is the greater in the fraction: if it’s the right number, then the odds are low.

If it’s the left number, then the odds are high. Using the same numbers, you can figure out how much the bet pays out: take the right number to mean your bet, and the left number to mean the payout of the bet.

So, for example: odds of 2/7 mean that for every $7 you wager, you’ll receive $2 on top of it. On the other hand, odds of 7/2 mean that with every wager of $2 you place, your total return will be $9 as you’ll have received an additional $7.

American Odds

The final format we’ll be talking about is American or moneyline odds. These are mainly used in America and use a system of positive and negative numbers, generally being in the hundreds.

These odds serve a particular purpose, in that, they can show you either of two things depending on whether the numbers are positive or negative:

  1. Positive: how much you’ll receive when placing a $100 bet
  2. Negative: how much you need to wager to receive a payout of $100

To show you how this works, we’ll use a couple of examples: odds of -400 mean that you need to wager $400 to get a payment of $100. On the other hand, odds of 400 mean that for a $100 bet, you’ll receive $400 on top of it.

It’s largely because of this that American odds are also known as moneyline odds. At the same time, the more positive the numbers are, the higher the odds are; whilst the more negative they are, the lower the odds.

Improve Your Game With Tips

Basically, a tipster is someone who regularly provides betting advice on the likely outcomes of sports events. The aim is to help you discover the best betting odds to ensure you make the smartest possible bets every time.

Furthermore, tipsters will also look around the internet, visiting various sites and sportsbooks, in search for the best deals for punters. So, in short, tipsters suggest sportsbooks to bet on, and which bets to take.

Many sites offer their service for free, while others want you to pay to become a member or subscription fees. It doesn’t matter if you are a stat-based basketball supporter that loves data or an excited bettor searching for that perfect outside selection.

Taking a look at some of the major tipsters might help increase your chances of success at betting. The first thing to consider is that the odds for basketball can change extremely quickly due to how the matches progress.

This is why many punters aim to find the best betting tipsters in order to help them improve their chances of making winning bets. Apart from that, tips are extremely useful, above all, for beginning sports bettors.

This is because tipsters will give their lines of reasoning behind their picks. This information is useful for sports bettors that are starting out as it will help them understand what to look out for and research when planning to make their wagers.

Some tipsters will specialize solely in basketball betting, with the aim of giving you the very best tournament, head-to-head, and player data to help you with your selections and picks for upcoming events.

Odds can fluctuate massively in basketball betting, so it’s important to stay up to date with player form, tournament history, and weather changes. This is why doing your own research is imperative, apart from other reasons.

Doing your own research is also important because tipsters sometimes overlook things that you might be able to pick up on. Moreover, it’s much more satisfying to make your own picks and wagers rather than following other people’s advice.

Discover How to Find Tips

Thankfully, you won’t have to do much to find more tips than you’ll actually know what to do with. Using your preferred search engine, you can discover tips aplenty with the simple click of a button. Moreover, you can find tips even on social media.

In fact, tipping accounts on social media have seen a huge increase recently, with some of the biggest firms boasting huge followings on Twitter. Take your time to sift through the tips and choose the ones that suit you the most.

With so many tips out there, it can sometimes be quite overwhelming and even confusing to know which tipsters are the most credible. Which is why we suggest that punters do their own research as well.

Finally, the best tips that we can give is for punters to stick a gambling budget of money they can afford to lose; to stay healthy and hydrated; and to make time for other important things in life, like family and friends.

The Best Teams to Shoot Hoops in 2020

As part of your research, you should definitely look up who the top performing teams currently are. This way you’ll gain a finer understanding of what makes a team good or not, knowing who the top contenders are, and so on.

To help you with your research, we’ll be providing you with a table of the current top 5 teams in the NBA. Of course, these statistics are bound to change as the competition progresses, so be sure to do your own research as well.

Current RankTeamPrevious RankRecord (Wins vs Losses)
1Los Angeles Lakers252-19
2Toronto Raptors353-19
3LA Clippers449-23
4Boston Celtics548-24
5Miami Heat844-29

N.B. this table was last updated on the 13th of November, 2020.

Slam Dunk Our Welcome Bonus & Enjoy

Betiton has a special gift in store for new users signing up from Canada! To welcome new users to our growing platform, we are offering an extra bet bonus. It works like this: receive $10 if you bet $15 or more. Simple, right?

You can use this bonus to bet on the sporting event of your choosing. Be aware that the extra bet cannot be split. You’ll therefore have to use this bonus all at once. Why not take advantage of this promotion to place a bet on the NBA?

Don’t forget about the other exciting promotions we offer for our existing users to keep them coming back for more. All the information regarding Betiton promotions is available on our “Promotions” page.

Finally, we have other conditions attached to the use of this bonus. We strongly suggest that all of our users read our terms & conditions, as well as our bonus policy, both of which can be found in the footer of each one of our pages.

Join Our Loyalty Club & Be Rewarded

Our loyalty programme is available to all of our users and works via a loyalty points system. Essentially, you will gain points for every time you play money on our casino. With these points, you can climb the levels of our 7-tier loyalty club.

As a Betiton Loyalty player, you could receive loads of benefits including monthly cashbacks, higher withdrawal limits, a personal account manager, bonuses by chat, faster withdrawals, and tangible gifts.

Bet on Basketball With Ease & Safety

Betiton ensures our users enjoy a stress-free experience when depositing and withdrawing funds. In order to deposit funds successfully into your account, navigate to “Cashier” and select “Deposit”.

Next, you must choose a suitable payment option and enter the exact amount you want to deposit. Please note that the minimum deposit amount is $10. Betiton accepts a wide variety of payment methods. 

These include the following: VisaMastercard, Bank Transfer and Skrill. If you wish to withdraw cash, select “My Account” and then press “Withdrawals”. Simply choose the amount you would like to take out and choose an appropriate payment method.

Payment MethodDeposit Time (Days)Withdrawal Time (Days)
Master CardInstant4-6

Finally, it’s good to keep in mind the various limits we have on both deposits and withdrawals, both of which start at $10. Deposits have a maximum of €5000 per transaction, and they’re instantly transacted.

Withdrawals, on the other hand, have a maximum of €7000 per month. Moreover, withdrawals undergo a processing period that might take up to 48 hours. Afterwards, the money can start making its way to you.

Enjoy Basketball Betting on the Go

Betiton is building a massive reputation with online bettors by offering one of the fastest and most reliable mobile sportsbook services around.

In today’s world, betting while you are out and about is easier than ever and allows punters even more options when betting on the basketball events they enjoy most.

Scroll through an array of betting options to find juicy odds on the latest basketball tournaments right at the end of your fingertips. The advantage of using your mobile device is that it offers you the chance to place that last-minute bet on the go.

Our mobile betting site looks the same as the online platform: it’s straightforward to navigate and ensures your data remains secure. Ultimately, this lets you make the swap to mobile betting without breaking a sweat.

To Show You How Much We Care

At Betiton, we believe that it is fundamental to offer our users a high-quality customer service through our Live Chat feature. The importance we put on solving an issue as quickly as possible is one reason why our Canadian users love to use our service.

Whether you want to request a bet, have forgotten your username or have issues depositing funds, our friendly and competent staff are on hand from 08:00 am – 00:00 am CET every day to answer all queries in a timely manner. 

Keep It Fun, Keep It Safe

Betiton is dedicated to providing a safe and responsible gaming environment for all our users. We want to educate our Canadian users on the dangers of irresponsible gambling and help empower them through knowledge.

To do this, we have a dedicated responsible gaming page that provides our users with certain information that should help them keep their gaming responsible. These including responsible gaming tips and symptoms of problem gaming.

Moreover, we offer a number of countermeasures that serve to help users limit their gaming. These measures include deposit and time limits. We also offer the option for users to self-exclude in case gaming becomes too much for them.

It is against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to bet on our platform and we take protecting children from underage gambling very seriously. Players with children should strive to prevent their children from being exposed to gaming.

To help these players out, we have provided tips that instruct them on how to prevent their children from being exposed to gambling. Furthermore, we have provided links to a number of programmes that prevent children from accessing gambling sites.

Our customer support staff are always on hand to help steer you in the right direction, whatever the issue. If you need to self-exclude, contact our customer care agents and they will help you out. For more information, visit our responsible gaming page.

Basketball Betting FAQs

How do you bet on basketball?

Firstly, you’ll need to create an account on Betiton. After registering, access the cashier option to deposit some money to your bankroll. With your money at the ready, go to our sportsbook and click on the “basketball” tab.

All of our currently available basketball games will then appear. Have a look through them all and pick which ones you like best. After choosing a game, click on it to see all of our markets on offer for it; then click the market you prefer.

The market will appear on the betting slip, which will pop up from the right. On the betting slip, adjust how much you would like to bet on the particular market. After adjusting your bet, click “PLACE BETS” and you’re done!

How do I bet on NBA games?

After creating your account, depositing to your bankroll, and going on our sportsbook, click on the “basketball” tab to see all the games that are being played and available to be wagered on. When the NBA is underway, you can our available NBA markets on our sportsbook by following the above instructions.

Can you bet on NBA games online?

Absolutely! You can enjoy plenty of NBA betting markets which are available on our online sportsbook at Betiton. Moreover, you can even place your bets live as the matches progress. This can add to the overall excitement.

What does the spread mean in basketball?

Spread betting is quite similar in concept to handicap betting, in that, it uses the disparity between teams to give punters a whole new sort of bet. Unlike handicap betting, which gives a handicap to the favorite, the spread bet creates a point difference between the favorite and the underdog.

This point difference dictates by how many points a team has to win or lose for the bet to win. So, if, for example, the point spread is 5, then the favorite team must win be 5 more points for a bet on them to win.

On the other hand, bets on the underdogs win if the underdogs come out on top and win the game outright. However, if the underdogs lose, then they need to lose by no more than 5 points. To explain a little bit better, let us look at a couple of examples:

– Underdogs scored 50 and the favorites scored 56
– Bets on the underdog lose and those on the favorites win

In this case, the point difference was greater than 5, meaning that the favorites won. However:

– Underdogs scored 52 and the favorites scored 56
– Bets on the underdog win and those on the favorites lose

Of course, if the underdogs won the game, then bets on the underdogs would also win that way.

How do NBA betting odds work?

NBA betting odds effectively show you two things: 1) how likely it is that a team will win against its opponent and 2) how much money you’ll receive if your bet is successful. These odds are calculated by bookmakers when they offer betting markets for bettors.

They are calculated according to a number of factors, including a team’s previous performances; its current financial and performative strength; its current composition, and so on. It’s good to constantly watch the odds in case they change.

Sources Used:

  1. Official 2019-20 NBA Rulebook – NBA
  2. ‘NBA & ABA Champions’ – Basketball Reference
  3. ‘List of NBA Champions’ –
  4. ‘The Rules of Basketball – EXPLAINED!’ – Ninh Ly

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