The Boston Celtics (50-32) are off to a terrific start in the Eastern Conference Finals after taking Game 1 of this sizzling NBA odds matchup on Sunday. On the road, in the one of the most inhospitable arenas in basketball betting, the Celts played three and half nearly flawless quarters of basketball and it was enough to give the team a 92-88.
On paper this NBA playoff betting series promised to be an interesting matchup and as the Game 1 results demonstrated this is shaping up to be great NBA betting series. Although, the game wasn’t nearly as close as the final score indicated for much of the action, the Magic (59-23) gave the Celtics all they could handled and nearly pulled off the a miraculous comeback after trailing most of the game by double-digits and by as much as 20 points in the second and third quarters.
After knocking off the regular season basketball betting champion Cleveland Cavaliers the Celtics is the hottest team in the NBA betting odds competition right now. They not only handed Orlando their first home loss in the NBA playoff betting action, but it was the Magic’s first loss, period, in the 2010 NBA betting post season.
Prior to Sunday’s loss the Magic had won 12 straight games dating back to the NBA betting regular season. The Celts beat the #2 seed Magic with their usual blend of tough team defense and great outside shooting. Ray Allen was tremendous once again shooting 50% from the field and knocking in a pair of 3-pointers.
When Allen shoots well from the perimeter there is little that opposing defenses can do to defend his shot and it opens up the floor for is teammates. The main beneficiary of Allen’s hot shooting was Paul Peirce who finished with 22 points on a variety of shots. Orlando struggled for most of the game getting very limited production in the paint and instead had to rely on the perimeter and penetration play of Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson.
Carter had one of his best games as Magic going 9-18 for 23 points. But Nelson (23 points) is the man who kept the Magic in the game leading an improbably comeback in the closing minutes that fell just short.