A Guide to EuroLeague Betting

The EuroLeague is Europe’s professional basketball club competition. It is considered to be the best basketball league in Europe and some would say that it is second only to the NBA.

A total of 18 teams compete in the EuroLeague. Over the course of a season, the teams all play each other both at home and away. Then, the top 8 teams qualify for a 5-game playoff series. After the five games have taken place, the winners of the series advance to the final four playoffs. The playoffs consist of two semi-finals, a third place game and the final, all of which take place over the weekend. This means that each team plays at least 34 games in a season and a maximum of 41.

A number of prominent teams take part in the EuroLeague, such as Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos and Barcelona. It is one of the most popular indoor sports leagues in the world with thousands of people watching the games both in person and on television. This makes it second to the NBA in terms of attendance at games.

So far, the EuroLeague title has been won by 21 clubs, 13 of them have won it more than once. Real Madrid is the most successful club in the competition, having won ten titles.

Betting on the EuroLeague

There are a huge number of ways you can bet on the EuroLeague. In general, you can bet on the league as a whole and you can bet on individual games. You will often see more than 100 bets available for each game and here we will take you through the most popular ones.

EuroLeague Outrights

These are the bets that are on the league rather than a game. The most straightforward one is a bet on which team will win. For example, you could bet on Barcelona to be crowned champions. You can place this bet at almost any point in the season.

Game Winner

This is the simplest bet you can place on a basketball game. You just need to predict which team will win. For example, backing Bayern Munich to defeat Real Madrid. It is also possible to bet on a draw.

Game Handicap

This type of bet assigns a points handicap to the favourite team and gives the underdog an advantage. For example, in a game between AS Monaco and Olympiacos, it may look something like this:

AS Monaco -3.5                 Olympiacos +3.5

If you were to bet on Monaco, you need them to win the game by at least 4 points for you to win the bet. If you were to bet on Olympiacos, then you would win the bet if they win the game or lose by no more than 3 points.

Points Total

As the name suggests, this is a bet on the total number of points scored in a game. You are actually betting on whether it will be more or less than the number given. For instance, in a game between Monaco and Olympiacos, you could bet on there being more or less than 145.5 points. Normally there will be several options for you to choose from with this type of bet.

You will come across a number of other bets that work in the same way. For instance, you can bet on the number of points scored by one of the teams rather than the combined total of points.

Game Winning Margin

This allows you to bet on how many points you think a team might win by. For example, you could bet on Real Madrid to beat ALBA Berlin by 1-2 points, 3-6 points, 7-9 points, 10-13 points, and so on.

First Half/Full Time

This requires you to predict what situation will be at both halftime and full time. For example, in a game between Real Madrid and ALBA Berlin, you could bet that Madrid will be winning at halftime and Berlin will win, that Madrid will lead at halftime and win, that Berlin will be leading at halftime and that Madrid will win, and so on.

Player Proposition Bets

There are numerous bets that you can make on the performances of individual players. There are bets relating to how many points a player will score, rebounds and assists. In each case, the bets work using the over/under principle. For example, you can bet on Nate Wolters making more or less than 3.5 assists.

Game Proposition Bets

There are all kinds of bets that fall within this category. For example, you can bet on which team will be the first to score 5/10/20/30/40/50 points, how many 3-point shots there will be in a game, which team will win each of the quarters, which team will score first in the game, and more.

Many More Bets

It is worth taking the time to look through all of the bets that are on offer. This way you can bet on many different aspects of the games and the league as a whole to give yourself the best possible chance of winning.