The Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) (Serie A Basketball League in English) is the top professional men's basketball league in Italy. The league started in 1920 and is presently called Serie A PosteMobile for sponsorship reasons.
The LBA, which is played under FIBA rules, is composed of 16 teams, with the lowest-placed team relegated to the Serie A2 (second tier league) and replaced by the winner of the playoffs of that division.
The LBA is run by Lega Basket, which is regulated by the Italian Basketball Federation.
The league follows the usual double round-robin competition format. During the course of a season, which lasts from October to May, each club plays every other club twice, once at home and once away, for a total of 30 games.
Each team receives two points for a win and no points for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points. At the end of the season, the eight best teams in the standings start a playoff, pitting the first place team in the standings versus the 8th place team in the standings, and so on.
There are three playoff rounds. The Quarterfinals are best of five, while the semifinals and finals series are best of seven (in the 2012–13 season, all series were best-of-seven). The winner of the finals round becomes the champion of the LBA.
A total of 99 teams have competed in the LBA since its inception. Seventeen teams have been crowned champions, with Olimpia Milano winning the title a record 27 times, and Virtus Bologna 15 times.
According to FIBA Europe's and Euroleague Basketball's national league coefficients, the LBA was the overall historically top ranked national domestic league in Europe, for the period 1958 to 2007.
Today, the LBA is considered to be one of the top European national basketball leagues. Its clubs have won the most EuroLeague championships (13), the most FIBA Saporta Cups (15), and the most FIBA Korac Cups (10).
The team wagered on must win by the point spread given at the time of the wager. The odds are $1.10 to win $1.00 (-110) unless otherwise indicated. Due to changing events, the point spread may fluctuate at any time. Place a point spread basketball wager now.
The team wagered on just has to win the game. The amount that bettors lay or take for each game may vary. The money line that is listed when the wager is placed is the money line kept, regardless of any line movement.
For example, a bettor could choose one of two wagers on the following match-up: L.A. Lakers -200 at Portland Trailblazers +180. If the Lakers win, the bettor who laid $200.00 wins $100.00. If Portland wins, the bettor who bet $100.00 wins $180.00. Place a money line basketball wager now.
In totals wagers, bettors must wager on whether the actual combined scores of the two teams will either be over or under a certain pre-determined number, called the total for the game. All totals lay $1.10 to win $1.00, unless it is otherwise indicated.
For example, in a Warriors - Cavaliers game, the over / under given is 187. The combined final score of both teams must exceed 187 for bettors who wager on "Over" to win. For those who wager on "Under" to win, the combined final score of both teams must be less than 187. If the combined score equals 187 the game is considered "No Action" and the original wager is returned. Though bookmakers usually add a half point in the totals to avoid ties. Place a totals (over / under) basketball wager now.
All wagers must go the full quarter or half for action. All quarter / half-time wagers are calculated the same as a straight wager unless otherwise indicated. There are no teaser plays or buying of points on quarter / half-time llines. In case of an overtime, it will be included as part of the second half. Place a quarter / half-time basketball wager now.
A parlay is a bet on 2 or more teams (selections) or propositions in no particular order. All teams wagered on in a parlay must win. If there is a tie, the parlay reverts down to the next lowest number for payoff. For example if a player selects 4 teams, and one ties, the parlay becomes a three team parlay. For a 2 team parlay - a tie and win becomes a straight bet (-110) payout. Place a parlay basketball wager now.
A teaser is a selection of two or more teams in one wager in which the point spread is adjusted in the bettor's favor. The number of teams selected and the number of points selected determines the payout odds. A "Tie" or "No Action" and a "Win" on a two team teaser shall constitute a "No Action" wager. A "Tie" or a "No Action" and a "Loss" on a two team teaser shall constitute a "Losing" wager. Ties on a three or more team teaser shall revert to the next lowest betting bracket. For example a tie on a three team teaser becomes a two team teaser. Place a teaser basketball wager now.
Future wagers are based on the outcome of events that happen each year. All wagers are final. There will be no payouts until the conclusion of the specified season.
Proposition plays are wagers based on the outcome of events. Odds change daily and all wagers are considered action for the odds quoted at the time of the wager.
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