In 2008 the CELTICS won the NBA Championship for the 9th time. Had the CELTICS not beat the LAKERS in that 2008 Title Match, the LAKERS would have 24 world titles in hand and a dynasty similar to the baseball’s Yankees. That did not happen and the LAKERS have waited for this occasion for two (2) years now! In the NBA Championship games the CELTICS and the LAKERS have played a total of 11 different championships and the CELTICS has won the trophy on nine of those championship series. What affect does this have to do with the NBA Playoff Betting and the NBA Playoff Odds?
The LAKERS have faced three different styles of play this season on their way to this NBA final. They beat the very quick athletic team in the THUNDER, then the tuff and for methodical team in the JAZZ and finally then the crazy defense and high scoring SUNS. However, for the LAKERS to go from the SUNS loose defense to the CELTICS.
Very tight man to man system will require a lot of adjustment on the LAKERS part. Many times the defensive stats play role in the setting of the NBA Playoff Odds and NBA Playoff Betting lines!
On the other side of the Court as the visiting team the CELTICS, one of the NBA’s top defensive clubs who have not lost a playoff series since 2007 when Kevin Garrett joined the team. Their defense is very mind-bogging and physical and their system starts by loading up one side of the court and forcing all LAKERS perimeter player to the outside. Since the CELTICS flood the center court the Tendency for the opposition is to shoot outside 3 pointers and that’s what they hope for, as they also have talented players who can block the outside shots.
Beginning with Game 1 the LAKERS are preferred pick by 65 % over the CELTICS.
When it comes to the backboards the LAKERS are out re-bounding with the Lakers 43 – 41 for the Celtics, and that data will definitely be a factor on NBA betting and the NBA odds makers along with the shooting and 3 point leaders. In the shooting stats the CELTICS are expected to shoot 44.3 to the LAKERS 43.4 from the court also very close. For the 3 pointers thus far the CELTICS are completing 5.7 while the LAKERS are making 5.4 of the 3 pointers from the court. Not very close are the turnover stats with the CELTICS making 16.3 to the LAKERS 12.2 turnovers. Check out the NBA Playoff Betting lines and NBA Playoff odds!
The Next Game:
The LAKERS at home vs. the CELTICS, on SUNDAY, June 06, 2010
Our Odds Makers have the lines for the NBA Championship Game 1 at present for the LAKERS -5 ½ and the Total Over/Under 192 and the LAKERS are -240 and the CELTICS are +200 on the Money Line.