Heading into Game 1 of the upcoming NBA Finals the NBA betting odds makers have picked a clear favorite in the action. According to most online betting site the LA Lakers are favored by 5-6 points (5 ½) in the first game of this seven game basketball betting series.
That’s a wide basketball betting odds spread for a game between the two best teams in the NBA betting but it may not be that far out of line. The Lakers have been superb throughout the entire NBA betting action season and into the NBA playoff betting action and there are several key factors to consider when deciding whether or not to take the basketball betting action on this game.
The first is that the Lakers are simply the better team in this NBA betting contest and whether or not this was simply a regular season matchup or rather the NBA Finals betting action as it may be, the NBA betting odds makers would make the Lakers the favorite. Boston limped through the regular season with a 50-32 record while the Lakers cruised to the best record in the West (57-25) and grabbed the #1 seed in a much tougher conference.
A close look at the team’s rosters and the sports betting nod definitely goes to LA as well. Boston is great defensive team, probably the best in the NBA odds action, but you wonder how the team hopes to stop a front line of Pao Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom with an aging KG, Kendrick Perkins and an ancient Rasheed Wallace? NBA betting advantage: Lakers.
Second, the Lakers will be playing at home in the Big Stapler and the place will be packed with all the ‘beautiful people’ that pack the team’s arena when they know cameras will there and since this is the NBA Finals betting action, the place will be crawling with cameras and superstars. LA is crazy for basketball –at least for a few weeks a year- and this is one of those weeks.
Third, the Lakers have Kobe. Now, this last basketball betting point is not all that that scientific but any fan looking to make a basketball bet on this series must consider the ‘Kobe factor’. He’s the best player in this series, maybe the NBA, and the only player on either squad capable of dominating. He’s the X-factor and he’ll be wearing a Lakers jersey.