Putting something at risk in exchange for the chance to win money, even if the stakes are small, is considered gambling and can have serious consequences. In addition to a potential loss, gambling can also have a negative impact on your mental health and your relationships with friends and family. This is why it’s important to gamble responsibly, and only wager with sites that offer responsible gaming resources and tools.
The Supreme Court’s decision opened the door to legal sports betting, and professional leagues are working hard to make sure fans can place responsible bets. They’re beefing up in-house technology and partnering with independent integrity monitors. In addition, teams are opening sportsbooks inside their stadiums and partnering with major sportsbook brands like DraftKings, Caesars and FanDuel.
The NBA’s rules on gambling prohibit players from placing bets on the league or its teams while they’re at team facilities or on a trip with their team. However, the rules don’t prevent players from participating in non-NBA-related betting pools like Super Bowl squares or NCAA tournament brackets — as long as they are not placed with illegal bookmakers.