The NBA betting odds makers finally have something to work with when creating the betting lines for this year’s NBA Finals betting. With both the Boston Celtics garnering a berth in the NBA Finals by defeating the Orlando Magic in six games and the LA Lakers following suit the next day with a Western Conference Finals betting victory over the Suns, the sports betting stage is now set.
By winning the West the Lakers qualified for their third straight NBA Finals betting series and did so in impressive fashion. The team has been the most impressive throughout the NBA betting postseason winning with several different game plans. With three impressive 7-footers this team can beat you in the paint and with the most dangerous wing player in basketball betting, Kobe Bryant, he can also beat you by himself.
But the Celtics are the best defensive team in the NBA odds competition and the Lakers have yet to face a team like that in this year’s NBA betting odds playoff competition. The Celtics have some skilled big men in Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins who match up well with the Lakers big men on defense.
The Celtics also have Paul Peirce who has lost a step and is not the same explosive scorer that he used to be, but the last time these two teams met up in the NBA Finals betting action he shut down Kobe Bryant and Boston hopes he can repeat his performance from the 2008 Finals betting series.
The Lakers will likely try to run on the Celtics and make this a high possession game as the Celtics prefer to run their offense out of half-court set. But this basketball betting strategy could backfire if PG Rajon Rondo is able to run wild. He’s been quite the past few NBA betting odds contests but if he has a big game on Thursday, as is possible considering he’ll be guarded by the slow footed Derek Fischer the Celtics just might be able to steal Game 1.
If Rondo busts loose for 20+ points and 10+ assist Boston wins Game 1 on the road. If not, the Lakers will take the early lead in this NBA betting series.