The actual betting process is identical in both the NBA and the NCAA. There are the same styles of wagers, so that the bettor can move from one to the other with ease. However, there are some key differences that should be noted.
One difference is the amount of travel the NBA does versus the NCAA. College Basketball usually plays 32 to 35 games in a season and hardly ever travels across the country. The NBA, on the other hand, has an 82 game season and regularly travels many miles to the next game. What should be taken into account is the potential and expected fatigue of the NBA players, should they be forced to travel far late in the season. In NBA betting, you have to predict the level of intensity of play, and all of these factors should be taken into account.
Also, you cannot underestimate the power of the home court advantage in the NCAA. Visiting teams are less experienced with the taunts of the other team’s fans, and college game experiences are generally high energy and very uplifting for the home players. In the NBA, there is still a home court advantage, but hardly the same amount of enthusiasm by the crowd. It is a good idea to back home teams in NCAA betting.
Lastly, rivalries on the college level are the stuff of legend. While there are NBA rivalries as well, none match the potency of the NCAA. In these pivotal games, even the underdog has a chance of winning and covering the spread, especially with a home court advantage.
Also remember that the talent is more evenly distributed in the NBA, with only 32 teams. There are multitudes of teams in the NCAA, with varying levels of talent, making it easy to predict the future. In the NBA, even with a weaker team, you must take into account that all are professionals. For more tips and trickers check out some of our free sports betting picks.
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