NBA Betting Odds – Point Spread, Money Line and Under/Over Total NBA lines are easy to read! If you’ve ever bet on NFL action, you know that the National Basketball Association is a similar cash play on a straight pick, point total or ATS. But wait – what if you’ve never wagered on football either? Or what if all of it seems confusing anyway? Here are some basic explanations of how basketball lines work. Betting the NBA Against the Spread Let’s start off with an example of a pro hoops game with the point spread listed: Chicago Bulls +6 (-110) LA Lakers -6 (-110) In these lines, Los Angeles is a 6-point favorite over the Chicago Bulls.