For long time NBA betting odds fans this year’s NBA Finals betting odds matchup is like Back to the Future. When the LA Lakers host the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday it’s not just a repeat matchup of the 2008 NBA Finals betting matchup but it’s also a do-over of the great 1980’s Finals matchups of that featured the Showtime Lakers and Larry Legend. But as with most things in sports betting the basketball betting action has come full circle and the next generation of Lakers and Celtics will battle for their own NBA betting title in the weeks ahead.
The LA Lakers are a better team and sports betting fans and basketball betting odds makers are well aware of this. The Lakers are not only favorites in the NBA betting to win Game 1 at home but to win the entire NBA betting Finals series in relatively easy fashion.
A tale of the tape is a rather one-sided affair and demonstrates how much better –at least statistically- the Lakers are than the Celtics.
It you look at the team’s regular NBA betting season records it’s not even close (LA 57-25; Boston 50-32). If you look at their playoff records it more or less a wash. But if you look at the individual matchups the Lakers are better at almost every position on the floor with the exception of Point Guard where Boston’s Rajon Rondo has been magnificent in the NBA playoff betting action so far this year.
At SG, Kobe Bryant is the best there is basketball betting and he’s been on fire the past few NBA playoff betting games. Bryant basically took over the final two games of the Western
Conference Finals and delivered the NBA betting victory to the Lakers. Add to that the fact that the Lakers have a trio of 7-footers that each go for 20+ points a night and it’s an intimidating task for the Celtics.
But don’t count the Celtics out of the NBA betting odds just yet. The Celtics are the best defending team in the NBA betting and if any team can stop the Lakers attack its Boston. Also, don’t forget that when these teams met up in the basketball betting finals two years ago the Lakers also looked like the better team on paper and the Celtics shut them down as Paul Peirce put the clamps on Bryant.