If the Boston Celtics want to grab NBA odds betting victory in Game 2 of the NBA Finals betting action on Sunday the team needs to play better. That may sound like a simple, lazy or even a feeble-minded bit of basketball betting commentary but if the Celtics want to even this NBA Finals betting series at 1-1 it really is that simple.
Credit must be given where credit is due and the LA Lakers played a superb, almost flawless game on both ends of the court in the first game of this NBA playoff betting series. They played better and they deserved to win.
But if the Celtics would have played up to their potential than Game One would not ended in a 13-point blowout but rather a much closer game with Celtics perhaps even stealing the first game of the NBA Finals betting action on the road.
With the notable exception of Paul Peirce the Boston Celtics looked awful in Game One. The big men were a non factor, the usually terrific PG Rajon Rondo was pedestrian at best with just 13 points and 8 assists, and the so-called ‘Big Three’ was little more like ‘2 and Half Men’, and even that would be too generous to KG and Ray Allen.
Garnett and Allen combined for 29 points and 10 rebounds. The Lakers Pao Gasol outplayed them all by his lonesome as he poured in 23 points and 14 rebounds in the first game of this NBA betting series. Worse, Allen managed just 8 shots the entire game as Kobe Bryant put the handcuffs on him.
And what about the stifling Boston team defense you might ask? This is the same defense that shut down the two best players (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade). That was in the NBA betting in previous NBA playoff betting action. Bryant torched the Celtics’ D putting together perhaps his best game of the 2010 NBA playoff odds action with 30 points, 7 boards and 6 assists.
The good news for the Celtics is that there is plenty of room for improvement. Allen can and will get more than 8 shots off in Game 2. Garnett can and will get more than 4 rebounds in Game 2. Kendrick Perkins can and will score more than 8 points in Game 2 of the NBA Finals betting action.
And if these players play up to their potential Game 2 should be a much closer affair.