In recent NBA betting odds action the game seems to be moving more and more away from the low-post and game plans featuring post-ups in the paint seem to be most rare in today’s NBA odds competition. But the Lakers are throwback to the basketball betting days of old when the Big Man was the central focus of the offense and defense and an NBA betting win or loss ran through the paint.
The Boston Celtics are another team that relies more on the half-court set than most and the play of their big men is integral to the team’s NBA betting odds success. As more and more teams opt for fast break offenses and swingmen-hybrid players have begun to push the post-up center into permanent hibernation, these two teams still feature and focus on top notch post-players and we should see that in the upcoming NBA Finals betting action.
These two teams have very different rosters and very different offensive philosophy but they have one commonality: dominant big men.
The Lakers have a trio of talented 7-footers (the best in basketball betting) and this gives them a major advantage over just about every team in the NBA betting odds action. Center Pau Gasol (20.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg in NBA playoff betting action) is the best in the NBA betting odds right now and he’s complimented by starting PF Andrew Bynum (9.1 ppg, 7 rpg in NBA playoff betting action) whose regular NBA betting season was cut short and hampered by injuries but is a 20 point 10 rebound guy when healthy. And as if that wasn’t enough low post fire power either of these two players can be spelled by fellow 7-footer Lamar Odom (10.6 ppg, 10 rpg in NBA playoff betting action) who can do it all create terrible matchup problems for opponents.
The Celtics will have their hands full trying to keep this trio under control when the NBA Finals action begins but they’ve got a talented bunch of big men as well. Defensively, Boston has best low post defenders in the game and the best team defense as well. KG (14.9 ppg, 9 rpg) leads the Celtic big men and despite declining numbers, he’s still a force in the NBA odds action. He’s backed up by Kendrick Perkins, Rasheed Wallace and Big Baby Davis who can all make life miserable for opponents in the paint.
So why much of sports betting world chooses to focus on the superstars of the game like Kobe and Paul Peirce, it’s the big men who are going to settle this NBA betting odds score.