Free NBA Picks and Parlays
against the spread
NBA Picks and Parlays – Among sports bettors, only football is more popular
than basketball. Like football, the most common hoops wagers are point spread
The early history of basketball has some ties to
sports betting. In the early 1950′s, there was a major
point-shaving scandal in college basketball involving
the University of Kentucky.
In the days long before the NCAA basketball
tournament became a huge sporting event, the
scandal was significant because Kentucky was one of
the elite programs in college hoops.
In the 1950′s, the NBA was also in its early stages. A decade later, pro and
college hoops experienced some growth.
However, basketball was still behind baseball in popularity. Football’s
popularity grew rapidly in the 1960′s as well to put basketball in the third spot
among popular sports.
While basketball’s growth lagged in the 1970′s, the sport was about to take off in
The launch of ESPN and other sports cable television networks came along at the
perfect time for pro and college hoops. The NBA had a couple of new star
players to build its league around in the early 1980′s.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers and Larry Bird of the Boston
Celtics would dominate the decade.
The expanded TV coverage enabled fans and bettors to see more NBA action
than ever before. In college basketball, the concept of March Madness was about
to take off.
The expansion of the NCAA basketball tourney led to the entire tournament
being telecast by CBS beginning in 1981. These developments in the 1980′s have
carried basketball’s popularity into the present day. Only the Super Bowl
surpasses the first four days of the NCAA basketball tournament among sports
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