No one thought the Boston Celtics would make a run through the NBA betting competition this playoff betting season and book a berth in the NBA Finals betting action. And no one thought the Celtics would be able to keep pace with the LA Lakers in the Finals. Yet after five games in the NBA Finals action the Celts find themselves up 3-2 with the series headed back to the West Coast and in exactly the position they want to be in.
But what might be the craziest detail of this surprising Celtics run at the NBA betting title is the fact that they’ve dominated the Lakers big men for most of this series. With the exception of Game 1 in which Pao Gasol put on a clinic against the Celtics big men, the Celts have ruled the paint.
This is surprising for a number of reasons but as any basketball betting fan will tell you, on paper, the Celtics post players are nothing special while the Lakers are clearly the best in basketball betting. Pao Gasol was the best center in the league this NBA betting season and when healthy young Andrew Bynum is one of best low post scorers in basketball betting. Add to that the versatile 6’11” Lamar Odom off the bench and you’ve got a front court that’s deeper and more talented than any in the NBA odds action.
Yet five games into this series the Lakers big men have been silenced for the most part. Simply take a look back at the Game 5 stat line. Gasol had 12 points and 12 rebounds on a 5-12 shooting night. And sadly that was the best line of any Lakers big man in a while. Bynum had just 6 points and 1 measly rebound to go with Odom’s 8 points and 8 boards.
The Celtics big men haven’t exactly stole the show either but for their disadvantage in talent they’ve more than played up to the challenge this NBA betting series. Kevin Garnett finally had a big game grabbing 10 rebounds and scoring 18 points. Kendrick Perkins continues to be a no-show and Big Baby Davis, the low post star of Game 4 finished with 0 points. But whatever the Celtics big men contribute on offense is simply gravy so long as they shut down the Lakers in the paint.
And if they do it again in Game 5 of this NBA betting series, Boson will be the new NBA Finals betting champs.