Fans Can Watch Sunday’s Trail Blazers Game In New ‘NBABet’ Mode

Posted on August 7, 2020 - Last Updated on August 24, 2020

When the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, Aug. 9, there will be an opportunity to watch the game in a new way. The NBABet Stream option has arrived, and it exists thanks to another familiar brand in Oregon.

NBABet is an alternate broadcast mode for live NBA games that integrates betting analysis and live odds from BetMGM Sportsbook. Someday, bettors in Oregon may be able to wager on those markets quite easily.

How to access the NBABet streaming option for Sunday’s game

If you have access to NBA TV through your cable or satellite TV provider, you have access to the NBABet streaming service. Alternatively, NBA League Pass customers can access the mode as well.

The mode will be available for a total of nine NBA games, one of which is this Sunday’s 76ers-Trail Blazers tilt. That game will tip at 3:30 p.m. PST on NBA TV and League Pass.

The new service will feature exclusive camera angles and commentary. The meat of the unique elements is all about sports betting, however.

In addition to analysis of the game from a wagering perspective, the stream will feature overlaid graphics focused on live odds. BetMGM provides those lines for the broadcasts.

For example, the BetMGM online sportsbook usually offers markets on the total points scored in each quarter of NBA games. As the game progresses, the stream may feature graphics and analysis of the movement of those lines.

While Oregonians can’t access those markets right now, it won’t be that way forever. BetMGM is already working on bringing its sportsbook to Trail Blazer fans.

Not a matter of if, but when, BetMGM launches in Oregon

Gamblers in OR are familiar with Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde. What they may not know, however, is that the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have already made a deal with BetMGM.

The tribe plans to open a BetMGM-themed retail sportsbook at the property later this year. The online component may prove a little more difficult, however.

Right now, the legality of online sports betting in Oregon essentially gives the Oregon Lottery’s Scoreboard a monopoly. Spirit Mountain customers would be able to use the app to place wagers, but only within a geofenced location of the casino property.

To offer the same thing anywhere in the state, BetMGM would have to receive licensure from the OR Lottery. Additionally, the tribe needs to negotiate a compact with the state that allows for such proliferation of the sportsbook.

There’s no telling when that might happen. However, later this year, OR bettors will be able to place bets under the MGM brand at Spirit Mountain. That will make the NBABet content a truly immersive experience.

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Kansas City, Mo. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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