Basketball – the sport of giants

Fast-paced, end-to-end and played by some of the biggest sports stars on the planet, basketball is justifiably one of the most watched games in the world.

Invented in 1891 by Jim Naismith, the sport spread from the YMCA to colleges and then, in 1936, to become an Olympic sport. Today the NBA is one of the most popular professional sports leagues in the world and has produced icons like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, and Oscar Robinson.

These days it’s all about the Miami Heat and their galaxy of stars. LeBron James, globally recognised as the best player of his era, has catapulted interest in the sport still further and has truly taken over from Michael Jordan as the game’s biggest name.

Interest in US basketball doesn’t stop with the NBA, though – the college game is almost as popular, with massive crowds flocking to see the stars of the future.

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A high-octane sport, it’s brilliant to have a bet on, its short bursts of play especially enticing for in-play punters. The breaks in the action, so common in US sports, also help in translating your view on the match into an in-play bet. Close games are commonplace and regularly end with a buzzer shot from 3 point territory. What better scenario than this for a cheeky live bet on the team trailing?

Not only that, we’ve got plenty of pre-match markets like total points scored in the match, double chance and loads of handicap betting.

It may be NBA powerhouses like the Bulls, Lakers, Heat and Celtics that hog the limelight, but basketball is played all over the world – and we’ve got markets from its every corner. Bet on Partizan Belgrade and Panathinaikos in the Euroleague or Issa Town and Al Ahli in the Bahrain championship – as with pretty much all the sports, if it’s played, you’ll be able to have a bet on it with 888sport.

And now there’s even a chance to see NBA stars closer to home, as London gets set to host more and more one-off games over the coming years.

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