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:
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 Sportsbook||Sports Betting Partner(s)||Land-Based Partner||Launch Date||iOS?||Android?|
|DraftKings Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Aug. 6||Yes||Yes|
|BetStars NJ||NA||Resorts AC||Sept. 13||Yes||Yes|
|FanDuel Sportsbook||Betfair/IGT||Meadowlands||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|Caesars Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Caesars AC||Sept. 6||Yes||Yes|
|SugarHouse Sportsbook||Kambi||Monmouth Park||Aug. 23||Yes||Yes|
|888 Sport||Kambi||Caesars||Sept. 10||Yes||Yes|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 19||Yes||Yes|
|playMGM||IGT||Borgata AC||Aug. 22||Yes||Yes|
|William Hill NJ||NA||Monmouth/Ocean Resort||Sept. 1||Yes||Yes|
|Hard Rock Online||GiG||Hard Rock AC||Jan. 30||Yes||Yes|
|Resorts Online Sportsbook||SBTech||Resorts AC||Jan. 31||Yes||Yes|
|BetAmerica Sportsbook||SBTech||Golden Nugget AC||Feb. 2||Yes||Yes|
|bet365||NA||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Ocean Resort||William Hill||Ocean Resort Casino||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|Unibet||Kambi||Hard Rock AC||Unknown||Likely||Likely|
|CG Technology||Stadium Technology||Meadowlands||2019||Probably||Probably|
NJ sportsbook locations
Currently, there are 10 land-based sportsbooks in the state:
|Casino/Racetrack||Sports Betting Partner||Launch Date||Sportsbook Name|
|Monmouth Park||William Hill||June 14||Monmouth Park Sports Book By William Hill|
|Borgata Sportsbook||IGT||June 14||Borgata Race & Sports Bar|
|Ocean Resort Sportsbook||William Hill||June 28||William Hill Sportsbook @ Ocean Resort|
|Meadowlands||Betfair/FanDuel||July 14||FanDuel Sportsbook|
|Harrah's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||Aug. 1||Harrah's Sports Book|
|Bally's Sportsbook||Scientific Games||July 30||Wild Wild West Sports Book|
|Golden Nugget Sportsbook||SBTech||Aug. 15||The Sportsbook|
|Resorts Sportsbook||SBTech; DraftKings/Kambi||Aug. 15||DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts|
|Tropicana||William Hill||Oct. 25||William Hill Sports Book at Tropicana Atlantic City|
|Hard Rock AC||GiG||Jan. 30||Hard 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.