Sports betting was legalized in Iowa in May 2019, and soon Iowa residents will be able to bet on NBA games at live sportsbooks and via their mobile devices. Once sports betting launches, NBA betting will be big business as the NBA is one of the more popular sports in the state.
On this page, you’ll learn more about NBA betting Iowa, including where you can bet on NBA games, how to read NBA odds, and the types bets you can place on NBA games.
Where to Bet on the NBA in Iowa
There are 19 casinos presently in Iowa, meaning you’ll have plenty of opportunities to bet on NBA games. Here’s a quick list of the casinos which already have some form of partnership already:
- Prairie Meadows – William Hill
- Catfish Bend – PointsBet
Other partnerships are currently being forged, and you can expect some or all of the following providers offering NBA betting in Iowa:
- Caesars Sportsbook
- FOX Bet
Once online sports betting is launched, you will be able to bet on NBA games from anywhere in Iowa over Wi-Fi. You don’t need to be an Iowa resident, but you do have to be within Iowa’s borders to bet.
Types of NBA Betting
Once Iowa sports betting is launched, you will be able to bet on all regular season and post-season action, including the NBA Finals. Before learning about the forms of bets available, it’s important you understand how to read NBA odds.
Understanding NBA Odds – To make things simple, most US sportsbooks use moneyline odds. There are no complicated calculations necessary as the odds tell you what you can expect to win. Odds for underdogs are positive odds, such as the Lakes +130 against the Warriors. These odds tell you how much you can win on a $100 bet. In this example, you can win $130.
For favorites, you get negative odds. These tell you how much you have to bet to win $100. If the Raptors are -140 against Houston, then you have to bet $140 to win $100. All sports betting in the US outside of horse racing uses a moneyline format, so you’re ready to bet on NBA games.
Below are some of the bets you’ll be able to place on NBA games at Iowa online sportsbooks:
Totals – This is a bet on total points scored by both teams. If the Knicks are playing the Bulls and the line is 205.5, you’ll bet whether the score goes over or under 205.5.
Moneyline – The easiest form of NBA betting as you’re only picking the winner. Pick a team and make your bet based on the NBA odds provided.
Parlays – An exciting form of betting where you’re betting on multiple games at once. This is an all or nothing bet as all parts of your bet must hit to win. However, these pay exceptionally well when you do win.
Teasers – This is a modified parlay bet where you can modify the odds to improve your chances of winning. However, you will not make as much with this bet as a standard parlay.
Point Spreads – The most popular form of NBA betting where you’re betting on the margin of victory for a team. If you bet the underdog, they have either win or lose by less than the spread. If you bet the favorites, they have to win by more than the spread.
When Will NBA Betting Launch in Iowa
The good news is that both live and online sports betting should launch at some point during the 2019-2020 NBA regular season. Live sports betting will likely launch by the fall with online sports betting either starting concurrently or soon thereafter. An official date has yet to be announced.
Iowa lacks an NBA franchise, but its geographic location makes it a hotbed of NBA betting action. As such, expect a ton of action on NBA games once online sports betting launches in Iowa.