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Betting on the NBA

The NBA season is now in full swing, bringing exciting action to courts around America. Many basketball fans look for ways to become further involved in the games and one way do this is to make sports bets on various NBA match-ups. To make successful sports bets it helps to have knowledge on the team you are betting. So for example, the teams in the NBA who look like champions elect are Miami Heat (2/1), Indiana Pacers (4/1) and Oklahoma City Thunder (7/1). There are many different kinds of wagers than can be placed on NBA games, the most popular being money line betting.

Money line bets are made over which team a punter believes will win the game. It doesn’t matter what the score is, as some other types of bets do. In fact, a team can win by only one point and you would still win some coin. When placing a bet, most people will bet on the favorite team, as after all, this is most likely to occur and the safest bet. The money line is established in order to make the underdog just as appealing to bet on. Placing a bet on the underdog will cost substantially less than a bet on the favorite. However, the payout is much great when the underdog wins. The reverse of this is that a wager on the favorite will cost more with a smaller return.

Once you’ve made your decision on which money line to take, you can enjoy some time at an online casino such as www.casinoonline.co.nz playing popular basketball slot machine games. One of these is the game, Slam Dunk. With its basketball theme, the game utilizes basketball memorabilia on its reels. The most important of these symbols is the number 23 jersey. Paying homage to basketball superstar, Michael Jordan, this symbol can provide the maximum payout when appearing on all reels.

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Facts about the NBA You Might Not Know

April 20, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Oscar Robertson stands on the court during an award ceremony in the second quarter between the Sacramento Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

As NBA fans I’m sure you’re always thirsty for extra knowledge about your favorite subject. Something tells me if we were taught about the history of basketball in history class, we would have all aced it.

No matter it’s all in the past. Some of you might know who every champion has been since the beginning, but for those who have paid less attention, too distracted by OnlinePoker.com and your personal lives, here’s a little fact sheet. After all, there’s always something we didn’t know before.

- Let’s start at the beginning. The NBA first became the Basketball Association of America back in 1946.

- The smallest player to ever play in the NBA was Muggsy Bogues. He was 5’3″. Drafted in 1987, he went on to have a 14 year career, and while he wasn’t the best of the best, he’s still a legend for that height.

- Did you know that the three-point shot wasn’t always in the NBA? It actually started in the ABA. It wasn’t adopted into the NBA until the 1979-1980 season, and has been a fixture ever since.

- Only one man has ever averaged a triple-double for one season. His name is Oscar Robertson, and he did so as a second-year player for the Cincinnati Royals back in 1962. He averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists that year.

- Contrary to popular belief, John Stockton doesn’t hold the record for the most assists in a game. The honor actually belongs to Scott Skiles, formerly of Orlando Magic and the current Milwaukee Bucks head coach.