The Australian National Basketball League seems to have steadily grown in appeal.
The game of basketball is popular throughout the country. It is simple and there is never any doubt whether the ball went through the net or not, so games do not drag on interminably while the officials wait for someone to make the call.
There are seven teams in Australia and one in New Zealand.
The NBL is enjoying a steady increase in attendance and there are four television outlets and an online service for viewers.
Perhaps the wisest move the chiefs of the NBL made was to shift the season from April – September to October – April, so as to avoid having spectators and viewers siphoned by the AFL and NRL.
The current environment is good enough that the NBL has plans to add a ninth team to be based in Melbourne for the season commencing in 2019.
Betting on NBL
Betting on the NBL is not as extensive in terms of number of markets compared to the NBA and some other major sports, but as more demand comes on, the bookies will be quick to increase supply.
A typical NBL fixture will offer head-to-head and line bets. There are often winning margin markets, too. As with all sports codes offering games divided into halves and quarters, there are markets for those punts.
Another popular bet is the easy-to-pick Odd/Even, where the winner of a game does not matter, just whether the total points scored by both teams adds up to an odd or even number. Unlike line bets, there are no half-point edges for the bookies.
Online bookmaker Neds offers around 10 markets on most fixtures. BetEasy offers about the same, so while NBL betting has some catching up to do if it is to come close to the number of markets the footy codes put up, punters will find enough opportunities to make wagers. The simplest two-outcome prospects most team sports codes offer are present, along with the more esoteric, such as Doubles markets, which require the ability to pick the winning team and an Under/Over on total points.
All the bookmakers offer various NBL futures markets, such as premiership, minor premiership, and top four, so punters who like to have a little something on over the course of a season are adequately accommodated.
It should not be long before the bookmakers start offering player markets. Many Australian basketballers have made it to the bigger competitions and a player market for player to make it to the NBA might be appealing.
Bookmaker promotions for the NBL are now mainly the sort that encompasses all the sports codes. These typically include bet boosts and the opportunity to apply rewards points to a punt. These sorts of things will also expand as punters gain a better appreciation for the value NBL betting offers.