You’ve got to give credit where credit is due, but who would have thought the Boston Celtics would be holding a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference NBA betting odds competition after taking two straight games on the road?
That the Celtics (50-32), a team that entered the NBA playoff betting season going 3-9 in their previous 12 games, was just .500 since Christmas, and that looked rusty in their first round basketball betting matchup with the lowly Miami Heat, is now in position to sweep the Orlando Magic (59-23) in the Eastern Conference Finals betting is something that not many NBA odds makers expected.
But no one will argue that the Celtics don’t deserve it. The team is fresh off an impressive victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team with the best record in basketball betting (61-21), and so far has picked up where they left off against the Magic in the NBA betting odds action.
The surprising thing about the Celtics NBA playoff betting success is not so much that this team is playing so well, as it’s an obviously talented roster and just two years removed from an NBA betting championship, but rather that the catalyst for the success is none of the team’s Big Three (Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett). The star of the Celtics and the best player on this team is PG Rajon Rondo.
Rondo went nuts in Game 2 of this NBA betting odds matchup continuing his run as the best player in the NBA playoff betting action this year. He finished with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. He also made some crucial buckets down the stretch to seal the deal in this 95-93 nail-biter.
But the Beantown faithful should refrain from pulling out the brooms just yet as this basketball betting series is far from over. A 2-0 lead in an NBA betting series is a big deal, but it’s not a certainty. Especially when your playing against a very dangerous Orlando team.
There is a reason why the Magic compiled the second best record in NBA betting this season and if any team is capable of doffing its way out of a 0-2 hole it’s this team.
So far the Magic have not played well, getting very little balance on offense and contributions from only a few players. The Magic’s star swingman Rashard Lewis has just 11 points in this series (5 points in Game 2), and worse still, he’s taken just 15 shots in two games. Matt Barnes has also been invisible in this NBA playoff betting series with 8 points in two games.
If either player reaches double digits in the next game the Magic will win.