Betting NBA Basketball Online In NJ Is A Real Slam Dunk

Martin Derbyshire February 11, 2019 92 Reads

New Jersey lost its only NBA team when the New Jersey Nets moved to moved to Barclays Center and became the Brooklyn Nets in the summer of 2012. But that hasn’t affected NJ online sports betting.

The Garden State is still full of basketball fans who can now bet on NBA games from all across the country thanks to the launch of legal sports betting in NJ in the summer of 2019.

In fact, most licensed NJ sportsbooks and sports-focussed NJ gambling websites, outside of the one retail sports betting operation at Golden Nugget owned by Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, offer a variety of simple and easy ways even casual fans can bet on NBA action.

Basic NBA bets available at most NJ sportsbooks include:

  • Futures
  • Moneylines
  • Spreads
  • Totals
  • Parlays

How to bet on the NBA in NJ

NBA futures in NJ

NBA futures are just what they sound like. These are NBA bets involving something where the outcome will not be determined until a later date.

Traditionally, that means a bet on who will win the Division, Conference, or NBA Finals.

However, NJ sportsbooks will book futures bets on all 30 NBA teams throughout the regular season and into the playoffs, as long as the team is still in contention.

The earlier it is in the season, the better odds you’ll usually get, except on teams that emerge as massive long shots as the season progresses.

NBA moneylines in NJ

Moneyline bets pay according to what oddsmakers feel are a team’s probability of winning. All you have do is pick the outright winner. The odds on each team are posted as either a negative (-) or positive (+) number.

If it’s negative, that team is the favorite and the number represents how much you have to bet to win $100 plus your bet back. If it’s positive, that team is the underdog and the number represents how much each $100 you bet will pay.

NBA spreads in NJ

The spread at NJ sportsbooks is the number of points oddsmakers figure the favorites should win by. A typical NBA home team might be -1.5 point favorite.

Check the line and make the correct prediction with the line factored in to win.

If you take the home -1.5 point favorite, you will when that team wins by two points or more. In this case, bets on the underdog win when the underdog wins outright, or the home favorite wins by just a single point.

NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on spreads -110. That means no matter what side you’re on, you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back.

NBA totals in NJ

NBA totals see NJ sportsbooks set a line on the total number of points both teams will combine to score. Then it’s up to you to decide if the actual total will be over or under that number.

Again, NJ sportsbooks will typically make the odds on totals -110. That means you’ll have to bet $110 to win $100 plus your bet back, no matter what side you’re on.

NBA parlays in NJ

Take two or more of the basic NBA bets described above and put it on the same card and you’re betting an NBA parlay.

Parlay cards will pay much better than individual bets. However, you have to win all the bets that are a part of it for the parlay to pay.

You can put together parlay cards involving bets on a single NBA game, multiple NBA games, and even multiple sports.

NBA in-play betting

Additionally, Most NJ sportsbooks will also offer advanced wagering options including live in-play betting on NBA games. This allows you to make bets with odds that change as the action does. It’s a great option for anyone actively sweating their pre-game bets.

Where to bet on the NBA in NJ

As stated earlier, most licensed NJ sportsbooks, outside of Golden Nugget, will book bets on the NBA. Here’s a look at the legal NJ sports betting landscape:

NJ sportsbook apps

Currently, there are 12 NJ online sports betting sites in New Jersey with more on the way:

Online SportsbookSports Betting Partner(s)Land-Based PartnerLaunch DateiOS?Android?
DraftKings SportsbookSBTechResorts ACAug. 6YesYes
BetStars NJNAResorts ACSept. 13YesYes
FanDuel SportsbookBetfair/IGTMeadowlandsSept. 1YesYes
Caesars SportsbookScientific GamesCaesars ACSept. 6YesYes
SugarHouse SportsbookKambiMonmouth ParkAug. 23YesYes
888 SportKambiCaesarsSept. 10YesYes
playMGMIGTBorgata ACAug. 22YesYes
William Hill NJNAMonmouth/Ocean ResortSept. 1YesYes
PointsBetNAMeadowlandsDec. 11YesYes
Hard Rock OnlineGiGHard Rock ACJan. 30YesYes
Resorts Online SportsbookSBTechResorts ACJan. 31YesYes
BetAmerica SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 2YesYes
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechGolden Nugget ACFeb. 19YesYes
bet365NAHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
Ocean ResortWilliam HillOcean Resort CasinoUnknownLikely Likely
Bally'sScientific GamesBally's UnknownLikelyLikely
Harrah'sScientific GamesHarrah'sUnknownLikelyLikely
UnibetKambiHard Rock ACUnknownLikelyLikely
TheScoreBet.WorksMonmouth2019PlannedPlanned
CG TechnologyStadium TechnologyMeadowlands2019ProbablyProbably

NJ sportsbook locations

Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state:

Casino/RacetrackSports Betting PartnerLaunch DateSportsbook Name
Monmouth ParkWilliam HillJune 14Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill
Borgata SportsbookIGTJune 14Borgata Race & Sports Bar
Ocean Resort SportsbookWilliam HillJune 28William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort
MeadowlandsBetfair/FanDuelJuly 14FanDuel Sportsbook
Harrah's SportsbookScientific GamesAug. 1Harrah's Sports Book
Bally's SportsbookScientific GamesJuly 30Wild Wild West Sports Book
Golden Nugget SportsbookSBTechAug. 15The Sportsbook
Resorts SportsbookSBTech; DraftKings/KambiAug. 15DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts
TropicanaWilliam HillOct. 25William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City
Hard Rock ACGiGJan. 30Hard Rock Sportsbook

NBA betting tips

Betting on NBA games at NJ sportsbooks is a simple process, but picking winners is not.

Focus on these three indisputable facts regarding the NBA when you’re making your picks to improve your chances of winning:

  • The best team wins the overwhelming majority of the time, especially at home. Find value by shopping around for the best price on home favorites.
  • Players win games. Read injury reports to see who is in and who is out as the line up usually has a major impact on the outcome of the game.
  • NBA games are almost always tight and often decided by a single basket. Look for big spreads with underdogs that have a tendency to play close games even when they are outclassed.