West Virginia has officially legalized sports betting. If you’re a fan of the NBA, now you can bet on basketball until your heart’s content, especially if you use an online sportsbook in West Virginia.
As long as you’re within the WV state borders and at least 21 years or older, you can place legal NBA bets via any sportsbook or betting app offered by area licensed providers.
Below, we’ll walk you through the best online sportsbooks to bet on the NBA in West Virginia and how to navigate the various types of NBA bets to find your biggest edge.
You’ll find the most popular NBA bets for beginners, basic NBA betting strategies, and a guide to live (in-game) betting and more.
West Virginia is one of the first US states to launch legal online sportsbooks and betting apps, with two already live and ready for betting on the 2019-20 NBA season. They are:
You may know them as two of the biggest daily fantasy sports (DFS) providers in the US. However, they have both now moved into the USA’s legal sports betting market in a big way.
They already dominate the market in New Jersey. Both online sportsbooks have expanded beyond New Jersey, though. FanDuel operates in Pennsylvania and has two retail books in Indiana. DraftKings, on the other hand operates in Indiana and will launch soon in Pennsylvania.
WV bettors are likely familiar with DraftKings and FanDuel due to their retail sportsbook partnerships. FanDuel operates the FanDuel Sportsbook at TheGreenbrier and DraftKings Sportsbook partnered with sports betting market leader, Hollywood Casino Charles Town for online sports betting.
A full slate of NBA lines and odds are available at both online sportsbooks and betting apps, including:
More on all of these NBA bet types below.
If you want to bet on the NBA online in West Virginia, you can do so on your computer or smartphone.
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have sports betting apps you can download to your Apple or Android device.
You can also access the online sportsbook via any web browser. However, the mobile app is specifically designed to fit your phone screen and is optimized for scrolling and tapping.
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have app versions for:
The iOS apps you can find in the Apple App Store, while the Android apps you’ll need to download directly from the sportsbook website.
Using the apps to bet on the NBA is straightforward, as they’re both easy to navigate and intuitive.
You can lay down all of your NBA bets through the app, play around with parlay combinations and odds boosts in your bet slip and make deposits or process cash-outs.
The full lineup of NBA lines and futures is available on the apps as you’d find them in the online or retail sportsbooks.
The Toronto Raptors stunned the NBA with their first-ever NBA Finals appearance and win in 2019. The balance of power in the NBA, however, went with their Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, when he signed with the LA Clippers in the off-season.
The Lakers are also back in the betting spotlight with Anthony Davis now running alongside LeBron James. What does it mean for the early lines on the NBA finals?
Some preseason NBA lines of note at DraftKings Sportsbook WV.
To win 2019-20 NBA Championship:
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Both FanDuel and DraftKings sportsbooks offer live betting during NBA games.
Live betting is something that NBA fans love for several reasons.
The most obvious is that it allows them to place bets on live games in progress. Anyone who missed getting a wager down before the game can still while the game is happening.
Another significant advantage of live betting is that the odds can get pretty attractive. Live odds change all the time during the game; if the favorite isn’t playing well at the beginning of the game, the odds will jump. That can mean better value as the game progresses.
Betting live on a favorite that’s losing can bring you a lot of money if they turn things around in the second half.
Another reason NBA fans love live betting is that some sportsbooks offer live streaming of basketball games. That way, you can watch and bet all in one place.
Assuming that you’ve registered an account at an online sportsbook in WV, the next step is to find an NBA game, future or prop and place your bets.
So, what kind of bets can you place on an NBA game, team or season?
Futures and proposition bets are extremely popular among NBA bettors. The reason is that they’re fun to speculate on and are potentially lucrative.
If you’re not familiar with futures bets, here are some examples:
You might be an ardent basketball fan, but that doesn’t necessarily make you an expert at NBA betting.
You’ll likely develop your betting style over time as you gain experience. Meanwhile, here are a few of the most important things to consider in NBA betting as you get started.
Instead of focusing on odds or shopping for NBA lines, it’s easier to focus on the teams and players.
If a team has several superstars on the roster, it’s might be best to forget about the odds and bet with the best team to start.
If you can’t follow all the best teams and get to know their players and betting trends, focus on the teams that you know and love.
NBA betting is a game of information. The info you glean from watching your favorite team over and over can mean the difference between losing and winning wagers.
When you’re a beginner at NBA betting, it’s best to keep it simple. Instead of betting on exotic props or multi-team parlays, focus on basic bets.
If you’re confident your team is going to win tonight, go with a moneyline bet. The same goes for point spreads, over/under point betting and so on.
There is no need to complicate things. You can usually find good value betting on most common NBA markets.
Information is your best asset.
Check whether key players are injured, learn about the teams’ home/away performances, head-to-head results and so on.
Also, pay attention to situational factors such as player fatigue, travel, back-to-backs or lingering chemistry issues in the locker room. All of the above can have surprising effects on performances on the court.
Here are a few simple rules to stick to when betting on the NBA:
It all depends on the team. There are some teams that love playing in front of their fans. Some, on the other hand, feel more comfortable when playing on the road. Check a team’s home/road splits before every game to see which way they might be trending. Generally speaking, though, the home team wins about 60% of all NBA games—the highest percentage of the 4 major sports. That percentage gets even higher in the NBA playoffs.
The sportsbook will set a point margin that the favorite needs to overcome in order to win in their eyes. If the point margin on the favorite is -5.5, they need to win the match with at least 6 points more than the opponent.
Picking against the spreads means betting against the favorite. You’re putting your money on the bet saying that the favorite will not cover the point margin set by the sportsbook.
Oddsmakers are generally pretty good at setting the over/under numbers for a regular 48 minute game but if a game goes to overtime, bettors who took the over are usually very happy. If you’re looking for a major factor when it comes to hitting the over, teams tend to shoot much better at home than on the road.
The NBA Draft happens once a year, when teams get to pick young players from college basketball or teams in Europe. The 2020 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 25.
Once the regular season is over, the NBA Playoffs are played to determine the season champion. The top 8 teams from each NBA conference (East and West) get to take part in the Playoffs.
Each NBA team has to play a total of 82 games over the course of one season—41 at home and 41 on the road. Those that get to the NBA Playoffs play even more with up to 28 additional games if they make the Finals and every series goes the full 7 games. In total an NBA team can play a maximum of 110 games.
Online betting is perfectly legal in West Virginia at a sportsbook that’s licensed in this state. As of fall 2019, only DraftKings and FanDuel have online sportsbooks open for WV players.
Mountaineer Casino has partnered with William Hill and will launch their online sportsbook in the very near future.
There are offshore sportsbooks that may offer betting to West Virginians but it is always recommended to use a licensed and legal online sportsbook so your bets and accounts are guaranteed to be secure.