The Celtics and Lakers game on Thursday night on ABC television had a 11.6 rating which is was the highest rating of a game four of the NBA Finals since back in 2004. This series has also been getting better ratings than it did in 2008. In the end the Lakers were out played in game 4 with Gasol and Odom only having two rebounds in the game and in turn the Celtics Davis controlled the inside.
This game 5 is a critical game that both the Celtics and the Lakers need badly to win! Why? Because it the Celtics lose then the Lakers can end the series in game 6 in LA. On the other side if the Lakers lose then they have dug themselves a deep, deep whole and will they be able to overcome that?
For Game 5 the CELTICS are preferred pick by a small 53.9 % over the LAKERS. When it comes to the backboards the even for re-bounding with the CELTICS 51 – 42 for LAKERS and that data will definitely be a factor on NBA Playoff Betting and the NBA Playoff Odds makers along with the shooting and 3 point leaders. In the shooting stats the LAKERS out shot 45.2 to the CELTICS 44.7 from the court also very close. For the 3 pointers this game 4 the CELTICS completed 4 while the LAKERS made 7 of the 3 pointers from the court. Very close are the turnover stats with the CELTICS having 12 to the LAKERS 15 turn overs? Check out the NBA Playoff Betting lines and NBA Playoff odds!
The major concern for this game for the Lakers is they have some injury problems mainly with their center Bynum. He only played a total of 12 minutes in the last game and that allowed Boston’s biggies the opportunity to score 54 points. If the Celtics can get Ray Allan back on target and get a continued effort from Glen Davis and Paul Pierce they will be tuff to beat in this Sunday night game in Boston.
The Next Game:
The LAKERS at home vs. the CELTICS, on TUESDAY, June 15
Presently basketball Odds Makers have the EARLY lines for the NBA Championship GAME 5 for the CELTICS – 3 and the Total Over/Under 188 and the CELTICS are -155 and the LAKERS are +135 on the Money Line.