How and When to Bet on NBA Teams

The NBA sports market is volatile at best. We can all remember a time when we’ve bet on a sure thing and lost out. 

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The NBA hosts some of the most exciting moments for fans and punters alike. The best players from all over the world compete to earn the title and keep their spot on the team, which is the reason why we’re drawn back season after season.

So, how and when should you bet on NBA teams? Let’s dive right in, and you’ll be scoring three-pointers in no time.

The NBA league consists of thirty teams that are split into two separate conferences: 

  • The Eastern Conference
  • The Western Conference

Each conference has three divisions. Each division consists of five teams. The Florida based squads fall under the Southeast division in the Eastern Conference.   

The regular season takes place from October to April. Every team plays a total of 82 matches. Playoffs start in April and continue until June.

Bet on Florida NBA Teams

Two NBA teams call Florida home. These teams are Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. Their fierce competition is known as the Sunshine State rivalry.

These two teams met in the playoffs for the first time in 1997, with Orlando Magic winning the series. They have never met in the playoffs since.  

Miami Heat

Miami Heat began playing in the NBA in 1988 under the coaching of Pat Riley. Riley is now known as one of the best NBA coaches of all time, and later was taken over by Eric Spoelstra while Riley stayed on as the team's President and General Manager. 

The Heat, the teams’ original name, did not do very well when they started. They reached the playoffs twice in the first eight years of being in the NBA.

Much has changed since the Heat started. They’ve become a powerhouse team that we recognize today. The Miami Heat have been one of the top NBA teams for years and have won the NBA Championship three times. 

Over the years, Miami Heat has been home to basketball legends like Lebron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Dwayne Wade, and Lamar Odon, and have made it to 17 NBA playoffs.  

In the current 19/20 season, Miami Heat is leading the southeast division and is fourth in the Eastern Conference.

This 19/20 season also marks the first time Dwayne Wade has not been on the roster after he retired the previous season.

Erik Spoelstra is the head coach for Miami Heat this season.

Meet the Miami Heat Team

Going into the 2020 season Miami Heat has seen a lot of new additions as well as some big losses; the biggest probably being Dwayne Wade announcing his retirement from the sport. 

Jimmy Butler recently joined the team after Heat traded Josh Richardson to Philadelphia as well as acquiring Meyers Leonard after trading Hassan Whiteside to Portland. 

Young talent on the team includes Tyler Herro (19) and KZ Okpala (20) who are both new to the Miami squad this season but show immense potential and talent already.     

The 2019 - 2020 Miami Heat roster is as follows, with the starting lineup listed first:  

  • Bam Adebayo PF #13
  • Meyers Leonard C #0 
  • Jimmy Butler SF #22
  • Duncan Robinson SF #55
  • Kendrick Nunn SG #14

 

  • Chris Silva PF #30
  • Derrick Jones Jr. SF #5
  • James Johnson PF #16
  • Goran Dragić PG #7
  • Tyler Herro SG #12
  • Kelly Olynyk C #9
  • Udonis Haslem PF #40
  • Dion Waiters SG #11
  • Derrick Jones Jr. SF #5
  • KZ Okpala SF #4
  • Justise Winslow SF #20
  • Kyle Alexander F 
  • Gabe Vincent PG #2

2019 - 2020 Regular Season Team Statistics 

Currently, the Miami Heat are ranked 4th out of 15 in the Eastern Conference with 33 wins, right after the Boston Celtics in 3rd also with 33 wins. Jimmy Butler leads the team in points with 854 and Bam Adebayo is right behind at 754 points.

  Player  Amount 
Points Per Game  Jimmy Butler 20.3
Rebounds Per Game  Bam Adebayo 10.5
Field Goal % Udonis Haslem 100
3 Point Field Goal %  Dion Waiters 47.1
Assists Per Game Jimmy Butler 6.3

Free Throw %

Duncan Robinson 90.9

Orlando Magic

Orlando Magic began alongside Miami Heat in 1989. The team started slow, losing most of the games up until 1992 when Shaquille O'Neal was selected to join the team. 

They have made it to the playoffs 15 times since its inception. Orlando Magic reached the playoff finals twice - once in 1995 and again in 2009.

Orlando Magic has seen some notable all-stars play for their team, including Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard.

In the 1993 - 1994 NBA season Orlando Magic qualified for the playoffs for the first time, and then again the following year (‘94-’95), mostly due to O’Neal who brought the team to an extra 20 wins from the past seasons. 

After the ‘95 - ’96 season, Magic lost O’Neal to the Los Angeles Lakers and then suffered a huge loss in the ‘03 - ’04 season causing them to fall to the very bottom of the league. 

Dwight Howard was drafted years later, who along with Rashard Lewis and Hedo Turkoglu, took the team to the NBA Championship playoffs in ‘07 - ‘08, and then into the finals the following year. 

Throughout the seasons Orlando Magic saw highs and lows but hit their lowest point in the ‘12 - ‘13 season when the team finished last five times in a row. Steve Clifford was appointed as the new head coach for Magic in 2018 after coaching the Hornets. He led them to the playoffs in 2019.

For the current 19/20 season, Orlando Magic have placed second in their southeast division and eighth overall in the Eastern Conference.  

Orlando Magic placed in the top eight of the Eastern Conference, even though they were at the bottom. Orlando Magic are far off the pace of the leaders for this season, winning 30 and losing 35 games. The conference leaders, who are the Bucks, have won 53 games and lost 12. 

Meet the Orlando Magic Team

Last season was a big one for the Orlando Magic team as they made NBA playoffs for the first time in 7 years. Thanks to all-star player Nikola Vucevic, and head coach Steve Clifford, the team has seen recent great success. 

Other notable players include Jonathan Isaac and Aaron Gordon, both talented young players getting ready to hit their stride. 

The 2019-2020 Orlando Magic roster is as follows, with the starting lineup listed first: 

  • Nikola Vuĉević C #9
  • Khem Birch C #24
  • Aaron Gordon PF #0
  • Evan Fournier SG #10
  • Markelle Fultz PG #20

 

  • Terrence Ross SG #8
  • Mohamed Bamba C #5
  • Al-Farouq Aminu PF #11
  • D.J Augustin PG #14
  • Michael Carter-Williams SG #7
  • Wesley Iwundu SF #25
  • Amile Jefferson PF #11
  • Jonathan Isaac SF #1
  • Vic Law SF #23 
  • Melvin Frazier SG #35
  • Gary Clark PF #12
  • B.J Johnson SF #13

 

2019 - 2020 Regular Season Team Statistics 

Orlando Magic sit in 8th place in the Eastern Conference at 21 wins and 28 losses in the season so far right behind the Brooklyn Nets who also share 21 wins. After a successful last season, the Magic team will be looking to continue to utilize their defensive line and see Vucevic get lots of playing time. 

  Player Amount
Points Per Game  Nikola Vucevic 18.7
Rebounds Per Game  Nikola Vucevic 11
Field Goal % Khem Birch  48.1
3 Point Field Goal %  Melvin Frazier Jr. 57.1
Assists Per Game DJ Augustin 4.7
Free Throw % BJ Johnson  100

NBA 2019 / 2020 Regular Schedule

The 2019/2020 regular season of the NBA has shown excitement and drama from the onset. The season started on 22 October 2019 and was suspended on 11 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic.

The season also sees the playoffs and finals suspended until further notice.

The Bucks are leading the Eastern Conference into the suspension, and the Lakers are putting in an exceptional performance, despite the tragic loss of Kobe Bryant, and leading the Western Conference. 

Florida teams Miami Heat and Orlando Magic are sitting in fourth and eighth positions, respectively. 

Bet on The NBA Playoffs: Where the Best Teams Meet

The playoffs are the destination to aim for during the regular season. This is where the best teams meet in an attempt to reach the playoff finals and lift the coveted Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. 

The playoffs consist of the top eight teams from each conference and take place in a tournament format. This format consists of two sides who meet and play a “best of seven” series. The winner of the series moves onto the next round. Until finally, in June, the top two teams play in the playoff finals. Again, in the “best of seven” format.  

The Boston Celtics have won the playoff finals a record 17 times. The Los Angeles Lakers are one-off from the leaders with 16 wins. 

NBA Playoff Brackets:

Stage Round Team Match-Up
Quarter-Finals Round 1

First seed vs. Eight seed

Second seed vs. Seventh seed

Third seed vs. Sixth seed

Fourth seed vs. Fifth seed

Semi-Finals Round 2

1-8 vs. 4-5 winners

2-7 vs. 3-6 winners

Conference Finals Round 3 Semi-Final winners
NBA Finals Round 4 Conference winners

Best NBA Teams to Bet on in 2020!

Let’s take a look at some factors to focus on when trying to find the best NBA teams to bet on in 2020. These factors include previous history, the number of all-star players on a side, the teams’ current form, as well as predictions from some expert punters.

Based on Previous History

If you only base your bets on the history of a team, then the Boston Celtics are the most attractive team to wager on. They have the most NBA playoff final wins - seventeen wins in total. 

But, this wouldn’t be a sound betting strategy as these titles took place decades ago, with the most recent win being in 2008.

Right on the Celtics tail, the Los Angeles Lakers have won the championship sixteen times. Their most recent win being in 2010.

Picking a team with a fantastic history is a great way to find the best teams. But, it shouldn’t be your sole criterion when choosing the next potential championship winner. 

Based on the Number of All-Star Players

The presence of all-star players in a team can hugely impact the team’s results. Notable stars such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant gave their teams that extra ingredient to the winning recipe.

The mindset of the team not only improves but the intimidation towards other sides increases. In the NBA, there is nothing more lethal than a team playing a mind game as well as great basketball.

Based on Current Form / 2020 Prediction From Experts and Tipsters

You should always consider the current form of teams when picking a season hopeful. Past season performance can often give you an insight into how they will play the following season. 

You can see this clearly in the Golden State Warriors. They’ve won the championship six times, with their most recent wins in 2015, 2017, and 2018. They were runners up in 2016 and 2019. This means the Warriors reached the playoff finals five times in a row. Not only is that a fantastic achievement, but also a recent achievement. 

Our experts feel the most likely season winners will be the Los Angeles Clippers. With a first-place percentage of 54.5%. The Bucks closely follow with a 36.4% chance. 

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23 March 2020
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