The Boston Celtics are on cruise-control in this NBA betting odds series and it will take a Herculean effort by the Orlando Magic to crawl out of this 2-0 hole and make the Eastern Conference Series competitive. But if there’s any team in the basketball betting that can do it, it just might be this Magic team.
No NBA betting odds maker thought the Celtics (50-32) would go on the road and steal two games on the Magic’s home court (59-23) to open the Eastern Conference Finals betting action, but that’s exactly what the team did. This basketball series is hardly over but the Magic must win Game 2 of this NBA betting matchup or they can pack their bags and start working on their golf game.
No team in NBA betting history has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit in a seven-game basketball wagering series and it’s extremely unlikely that the Magic would be the first. The Celtics have been playing out of their head s of late and the wins in Game 1 and Game 2 should leave little doubt that this is the best team in the East right now. The key to the Celtics success in this NBA playoff betting series so far has been tremendous team defense.
What is so impressive about this Celtic squad is that individually this team doesn’t really have any outstanding defenders. There is no one on the roster that a sports betting fan would look at and say “Wow, what a defender”. Yet when you put five Celtics on the floor they form arguably the best defense in the NBA odds competition.
The Magic have been held to awful shooting percentages during this NBA betting series and in Game 2 shot just 39% from the field and 38% from the 3-point line. That is no accident. Sure, the Magic could have been an off night in Game 1 of this NBA playoff betting series but two nights in a row is unlikely for a team that finished the regular NBA betting season with the second best record in the league.
If Orlando is to win Game 3 they must find a way to get swingman Rashard Lewis involved in the offense. Through two games he has just 11 points and is shooting just 25% from the field. Short of that, the Celtics will be up 3-0 by the time Game 4 of this NBA odds matchup rolls around.