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NBA picks from the Betway Insider

The Betway Insider provides NBA predictions for all the biggest games throughout the season.

As well as picking games throughout the regular season, our NBA picks continue into the playoffs and the NBA Finals. 

All NBA picks provided by the Betway Insider are free. 

What is the schedule for the 2020-21 NBA season?The 2020-21 NBA season was delayed two months, with the regular season schedule getting underway on December 22, 2020.

The season has also been shortened in order to finish in time for the Olympics, with each team set to play 72 games instead of the normal 82-game season.

The provisional end date for the season is May 16, with the playoffs set to begin two days later.

The 2021 NBA Finals are provisionally scheduled to start on 8 July, with any potential game seven taking place on 22 July.

What other changes are in place for the 2020-21 season?Most teams will play their home games at their home courts, but the Toronto Raptors will start the season in Tampa, Florida. This is due to travel restrictions between Canada and the United States.

Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made by each franchise, with many starting the season behind closed doors.

These decisions will remain under constant review, with the hope that fans will be able to attend at all arenas later in the season.

What changes have been made to the NBA playoffs?The playoffs will contain 16 teams – the same as a regular season – but there will be a slight addition to the format.

Between 18 and 21 May, the NBA will hold a Play-In Tournament for the teams ranked between 7 and 10 in each conference.

The 7th-ranked team in each conference will face the 8th-ranked team, with the winner earning the 7-seed.

The 9th and 10th-ranked teams will then play each other, with the loser being eliminated and the winner going on to play the loser of the first game.

The winner of the final game will be awarded the 8-seed and progress into the playoffs proper.

The playoffs themselves will remain the same – four rounds of best-of-seven series.

Who are the Betway Insider experts?

Our experts each have several years’ experience in the betting industry, and have a strong track record of producing profit.

When are NBA picks published?

The Betway Insider produce NBA predictions twice a week throughout the season.

We publish a midweek four-fold on Wednesday, and a weekend four-fold on Saturday.

We also produce game-specific predictions for some of the biggest matchups throughout the season. 

What types of NBA predictions do Betway provide?

Our NBA betting experts at Betway Insider produce several different types of predictions across the season.

During the regular season, they will produce two four-folds per week - one during the week and one for the weekend. 

This consists of four money line bets, i.e. four teams they believe will win their game on that particular day. You are able to back each pick individually or combine them into a four-fold wager.

As well as those predictions, our experts will also produce a #BetYourWay  for some of the biggest games throughout the NBA season.

This consists of four or five game-specific tips that you are able to back individually or use as part of a multi-leg #BetYourWay.

Included in these are picks are money line bets, bets against the spread, over/under bets, player props and a range of other markets. 

In the playoffs, our experts will continue to produce picks on a weekly basis, with predictions provided for each round.

And finally, for the NBA Finals, we will produce picks and predictions for every game of the series.

How do you bet on the NBA?

If you are unsure of how betting odds work, read our handy guide which provides you with all the information you need to start betting.

When you’re ready to place a bet, your first option is to head to the Betway Insider website to read through our experts’ picks. Each article will have a link to the sportsbook, where you can then place your bet.

Otherwise you can head straight to the Betway sportsbook to place your bet.

The most popular market on the sportsbook for NBA betting is the money line market, where you place a bet on the result of a game. The money line means overtime is included. You can also bet on the win/draw/win market, where you bet on the outcome at the end of regulation time, meaning overtime is not included.

Another popular market is handicap betting – also known as spread betting – in which one team is handed an advantage to even the game up. For example, if one team is a heavy favourite they may be given a handicap of -9.5, meaning they must win the game by ten points or more for the bet to come in. The underdog would need to win the game or lose by fewer than 10 points for their side of the bet to come in.

Aside from betting on the result of the match, you can also bet on how many points you think will be scored. The sportsbook will display a total, for example 199.5, and you can bet on whether you believe there will be more or fewer than that number in a specific game. 

You are also able to place bets on player performances, called player prop bets, including whether a player will score a certain number of points. 

Other than these main markets, there are hundreds of other outcomes that you can bet on before an NBA game. Simply head to the Betway sportsbook to discover your options.

2020/21 NBA schedule

The 2020/21 NBA season began on 22 December 2020. The regular season has been reduced to 72 games from the usual 82 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and will run until 16 May 2021.

For the first time, the league will hold a play-in tournament before the playoffs start for the teams ranked seventh to 10th in each conference. The tournament will run from 18-21 May.

In that tournament, the 7th-ranked team will first play the 8th-ranked team, and the winner of that game will be awarded the 7-seed. The 9th-ranked team will then play the 10th-ranked team, with the loser of that game being eliminated from contention. Finally, the winner of the 9th vs 10th game will play the loser of the 7th vs 8th game, and the winning team will be awarded the 8-seed. These games will take place for both conferences.

The NBA playoffs begin on 22 May and will take place as normal, with eight seeds from each conference featuring in a four-round bracket. Each series will be best of seven games.

The NBA Finals will begin on 8 July at the latest and must be completed by 22 July.

2021/21 NBA season dates

22 December: Regular season starts

5-10 March: All-Star break

16 May: Regular season ends

18-21 May: Play-in tournament

22 May: Playoffs begin

8 July: NBA Finals begin

What other picks are available?

Betway Insider publish betting picks and predictions on a wide range of sports other than NBA basketball. 

Our soccer experts produce regular soccer betting tips throughout the season, including for the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Champions LeagueEuropa LeagueFA Cup, Carabao Cup, Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1, and MLS, along with several other European leagues. We also provide football tips for international tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifiers, UEFA Euro, UEFA Euro qualifiers, the UEFA Nations League, Copa America and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Our horse racing experts produce regular horse racing betting tips throughout the Flat and National Hunt seasons, with regular columns from ambassadors Katie Walsh and Andrew Balding.

You can find cricket betting tips from our experts throughout the year as well as the opinions of cricket ambassador Kevin Pietersen. Every England match is covered along with major international tournaments such as the ICC Cricket World Cup, the ICC T20 World Cup and also the IPL.

Our experts also produce picks for golfsnookerboxingrugbyUFCNFLNHLdarts and tennis.