Basketball Rules

Date/Site Changes

Regular season Basketball games must be played on the scheduled date/location (location is a geographical area or city, but not restricted to a specific arena or venue) to be considered action unless otherwise noted in the specific sports rules section or the inventory game page within the mobile application, web browser application, or printed media in the Borgata Race and Sports Book.  Please see  Basketball One Game Parlay Rules for One Game Parlay Postponed Match, Cancelled Match & Venue Change Rules.

Length of Play

For wagering purposes, unless otherwise stipulated in individual Basketball sports wager rules, NBA results are official after 43 minutes of play. College Basketball, WNBA, NBA Summer League and European Basketball are official after 35 minutes of play.

Big 3, 3x3, the Basketball Tournament, other basketball events

Wagers will be settled based on official event rules.  In the event of a game starting but not being completed for any reason, all wagers on the game are void, except for those markets which have been unconditionally determined.

Basketball Wagers

Basketball wagers are accepted in the following manner:

Point Spread

A wager in which a bettor “takes” or “lays” a specified number of points. The team wagered must “cover” the point line for the wager to be deemed a winner. Unless otherwise specified as “Regular Time” on the individual market, overtime periods are counted in the final score.

Money Line

A wager in which the bettor “takes” or “lays” a specified price. The team wagered must win the game for the wager to be deemed a winner. Unless otherwise specified as “Regular Time” on the individual market, overtime periods are counted in the final score.

Total Points (over/under)

A wager on whether the total number of points scored in a game is over or under a specified number. Unless otherwise specified as “Regular Time” on the individual market, overtime periods are counted in the final score.

First Half

Wagers on the first half will be decided by the score at the end of the first half. If a game does not go the entire first half, all first half wagers will be refunded. Once the first half has been completed, all wagers on the first half will stand regardless of the length of the remainder of the game.

Second Half (halftime)

Wagers on the second half will be decided on the basis of points scored in the second half. If the entire second half is not played to its completion, all Second Half wagers will be refunded. Overtime periods are counted in the Second Half score and considered official regardless of the length or suspension of the overtime period.

Quarters

Wagers on any specified quarter will be decided on the basis of points scored in that specified quarter only. All specified quarters must be played to their completion or the wager will be refunded. Once a specified quarter is completed, that specified quarter wager will stand regardless of the length of the remainder of the game. Fourth quarter wagers do not include overtime periods unless otherwise stated.

Team to score first

Settled on the first score of the game. Bets stand even if game is not completed. Overtime counts.

Team to score last

Settled on the last team to score. Game must be completed. Overtime counts.

Highest Scoring Quarter

Bet on which quarter will produce the most points. Dead Heat Rules apply. Game must be completed for bets to stand.

Race to X points

Wager on which team/player will reach the specified points tally first. Should neither team reach the total, and a ‘Neither’ option is not offered, then bets on that market will be void. In the event of a wagering tie, the straight wager is considered “no action” and wager is refunded. Parlays reduce to the next lowest amount of selections. Please see One Game Parlay Basketball Rules for One Game Parlay Race to X Rule.

First Field Goal

Wager on which player will score the first field goal in a basketball match. Wagers are refunded on player who does not take part in the match or who comes on as a substitute after the first field goal has been scored. Field goals scored in own basket do not count for first field goal scorer bets and are ignored for settlement purposes.

Basketball Props

Various unique wagers may be offered from time to time, called proposition bets. When wagering proposition bets, unless stated otherwise, overtime does count for settlement of wagers.

 

Basketball Player Props

Players do not have to start for action but must play for action. If a player does not take any part in a game then wagers on that player proposition will be refunded.

Basketball Futures

Basketball season long futures are unique wagers which will be offered from time-to-time. For all season long match wagers and division betting, all wagers stand regardless of team relocation, or a change to team name, season length or playoff format. Unless stated otherwise in the market, team(s) must play in all of their scheduled regular season games as determined by the league’s governing body at the start of the season for wagers to have action.  If team(s) do not compete in all scheduled games then wagers will be refunded, except for those wagers which have been unconditionally determined.

Basketball Division and Conference Futures

Division Winner markets will be settled on who finishes top of the relevant division after the conclusion of the Regular Season. If two or more teams have the same Regular Season win record then ties will be broken using the governing body's official rules to determine an outright winner. If no tie option was made available for any match bet wager, wagers will be a push should the teams tie and stakes refunded. Conference Winner markets will be settled on team's performance in the playoffs. Regular season records do not count. If there is any change to the post

season structure whereby a Conference Finals Series is not possible, or called early, Conference Winner will be settled on the team that advances to the NBA Finals from that Conference. College Basketball Conference Tournament Winner will be determined by the team winning the Championship game regardless of any post-season suspension.

For Playoff Series Winner, the team that advances to the next round is deemed the winner. Wagers for all other markets are void if the required minimum number of games (according to the respective governing organizations) are not completed, or the number of games changes.

Basketball Grand Salami Prop

The Basketball Grand Salami will be decided by adding up all the scores for the games scheduled for that particular day. All games must be completed for action. Points scored in overtime are included.

NBA Draft

All markets will be settled in accordance with official information available on NBA.com.

Wagers on Over/Under draft position are settled based on when a team selects that player. Should a player go undrafted, Over/Under markets will be settled by assigning the next number after the last player drafted.

Round in which player is drafted wagers will be void should a player go undrafted, unless ‘undrafted’ is an option offered in the betting market.

Wagers on any players who subsequently withdraw their eligibility for that year’s draft will stand. Should a player who is not listed in any market be the winning selection, all bets on that market stand. All markets involving listed players are offered with others available on request.

Wagers on which team will draft a player are settled on the team who officially draft that player as listed on NBA.com. Any previous or subsequent trades will not be taken into consideration for settlement.

International players are defined as any player who played for a non-US team in the previous season, and not by their country of birth. Eg. A US-national who played for Real Madrid in Spain will be deemed an International player.

NBA Draft Lottery

All markets will be settled in accordance with official information available on NBA.com.

Markets are settled on which team is assigned the relevant pick on the day of the Draft Lottery. Any subsequent trades or forfeiture of draft picks after the Lottery will not be taken into consideration for settlement.

Basketball Futures List

Division of Winning Team

Wager on which division the winner originates from.

Conference of Winning Team

Wager on which conference the winner originates from.

State of Winning Team

Wager on which state the winner originates from.

Name the Finalists

Wager on which two teams will meet in the Championship Series. Should no series take place, all bets are void.

Exact Outcome

Wager on which team will win, and who will they beat in the named series. Should no series take place, all bets are void.

Double Chance

Wager on whether either of the two named teams will be declared the winner for the named market.

Head to Head Regular Season Wins

Wager on the number of regular season wins made by two separate teams.

Regular Season Team Total Wins O/U

Wager on the total regular season wins made by a team.

NBA Divisional Odds

Wager on which team will win the division.

NBA Division Finishing Position

Wager on the exact position a named team will finish within their division.

NBA Conference Odds

Wager on which team will win the conference.

NBA Championship Odds

Wager on which team will win the Championship.

NBA Regular Season Award Winners (MVP, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved)

Wager on which player will win the MVP, Rookies of the Year, and Most Improved titles.

NBA Regular Season Wins

Wager on how many regular season wins are achieved by a team.

NBA #1 Seed

Wager on which team will be the #1 seed in a specified conference (Eastern Conference or Western Conference) at the end of the regular season.

NBA Regular Season Team Win Percentage

Wager on the percentage of wins by a team during the regular season.

NBA Head to Head Regular Season Team Wins

Wager on the number of regular seasons wins made by one team vs. another team.

NBA Regular Season Player Totals O/U

Wager on the number of regular season Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks by a named player.

NBA Regular Season Player Averages

Wager on the average number of regular season Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks by a named player. To qualify a player must have played in 70% of their team’s games.

College Basketball Tournament Winner

Wager on which team wins the College Basketball Tournament

College Basketball Tournament Regional Winner

Wager on which team wins the College Basketball Tournament Region

College Basketball Conference Tournament Winner

Wager on which teams win the College Basketball Conference

College Basketball Tournament Wins

Wager on how many wins a team will have in the College Basketball Tournament

College Basketball Head to Head Tournament Wins

Wager on which team will have more wins in the College Basketball Tournament

College Basketball Conference Wins

Wager on how many wins a team will have in their College Basketball Conference Tournament

In the event of a wagering tie, the straight wager is considered "no action" and the wager is refunded. Parlays reduce to the next lowest amount of selections.

Basketball One Game Parlay Rules

Basketball One Game Parlay rules are the same as Basketball rules stated above, with the following exceptions. 

Bet Settlement (For One Game Parlay):

All basketball One Game Parlay selections must win (no ties, draws or pushes) for a bet to be deemed a winner. A selection that does not win, unless explicitly specified in the Basketball One Game Parlay Rules, will be settled as a loser. If one or more selections in any bet are resulted as void for any reason (such as a selected player not participating in the match), the entire bet will be resulted as void. For instance, selections on a team to win a match where it is a draw after overtime (or normal time if no overtime is to be played), even where the draw or tie may not have been offered through One Game Parlay, will be settled as losers. This will not be relevant to NBA or NBL matches as they play repeated overtime periods until a team wins but may be applicable to other basketball leagues or competitions as per their individual competition rules.

Overtime (For One Game Parlay):

All basketball matches will be settled on the official declared result including any overtime.

Player Specific Markets (For One Game Parlay):

All player selections will be considered active if a player enters the court as an active player at any point of the relevant match, regardless of whether the selection in question references a specific period of the match. If a player never enters the court during a match, selections specific to that player will be void. For instance, a selection on a certain player to score 10.5+ points in the second half would be active (and therefore settled as a loser) if that player played the first two minutes of a match, was injured, and did not return to the game, regardless of having never been on the court during the second half. However, if that player was injured shortly before the game commenced, was withdrawn from the starting lineup (or bench) and never took to the court, the selection and therefore bet would be void.

Race to X Points (For One Game Parlay):

Race to X’ selections where neither team reaches the selected score will be settled as losers, regardless of whether a ‘neither team to reach X’ selection was available as an alternate selection or not.

Second Half / Fourth Quarter Markets (For One Game Parlay):

All second half and fourth quarter market selections do include overtime periods if they occur. For example, a total second half points selection would include the points scored in both the second half and any overtime periods played.

Postponed Matches (For One Game Parlay): 

Where a game is postponed or incomplete, and subsequently resumed or played within 24 hours (inclusive) of the original scheduled start time, all bets will stand. All bets placed on games played which commence more than 24 hours past the originally scheduled start time will be void. Once the 24 hours have expired, all bets are void and stakes will be refunded.

Cancelled Matches (For One Game Parlay): 

If a game is abandoned prior to commencement, it falls within the 24-hour rule for postponed matches as described above. If it is abandoned after commencing but before its natural end point, the following rules apply:

ONE GAME PARLAYs will be void if they include at least one selection involving a player who has not yet entered the court as an active player. The rules outlined below are all applied subject to and subsequent to the application of this rule.

If every selection within an ONE GAME PARLAY on the game is already a winner where the fact of abandonment had no impact on the outcome of each selection, the ONE GAME PARLAY in its entirety will be treated as a winner. For example, a 2-leg ONE GAME PARLAY containing an over total points selection and a certain player to score 10.5+ points, in a game where the required points have been reached and the player did score more than 10 points before the game was subsequently abandoned, will be treated as a winner. In this case, the abandonment had no impact on either selection. The same would not apply to an under total points selection where a game is abandoned while the total score is still under the chosen number, as the abandonment would impact that outcome.

If a single selection of an ONE GAME PARLAY has lost and a match is then abandoned, the ONE GAME PARLAY will be treated as a loser, where regardless of the fact of abandonment, the selection(s) in question had been irrevocably concluded. For example, an ONE GAME PARLAY including a first player to score selection, in a game where a different player scored first and the match was subsequently then abandoned, will be treated as a loser. In this case, the bet had already lost, and this outcome could not be affected in any way by whether the game was subsequently abandoned or not.

If there are no losing selections within an ONE GAME PARLAY and at least one void selection at the time of a match abandonment, the ONE GAME PARLAY will be treated as void. This rule applies where one or more selections are still undecided at abandonment and may have won or lost if the game had been completed as scheduled. For example, an ONE GAME PARLAY including an over total points selection, in a game abandoned while the total points are still below the required amount, will be treated as void. In this case, the total points selection was still undecided and may have won or lost but for the abandonment, so the bet will be voided.

Venue Changes (For One Game Parlay): 

If the venue of a game is changed from the one advertised, all bets on that game will be voided.

Basketball Fantasy Wagers

Wagers on individual player or team fantasy points will be settled using Yahoo’s Standard Daily Fantasy scoring system as detailed below unless stated otherwise. The website of the league’s governing body will be the official source for all player statistics.  If a player does not take any part in a game, then wagers on that player’s fantasy proposition will be refunded.

Player

Stat

Points

Points (PT)

1

Rebounds (REB)

1.2

Assists (AST)

1.5

Steals (ST)

3

Blocks (BLK)

3

Turnovers (TO)

-1