Who would have guessed that the LA Lakers, defending basketball betting champions, would sweating in the opening round of the 2010 NBA playoff betting with the series being even at 2-2 in their quest to defend their NBA odds title? Diehard Oklahoma City Thunder fans, that’s who. Almost no one though it possible but after four games into this NBA betting series the Thunder have pulled even with the Lakers and no the champs have a real sports betting battle on their hands.
The young Thunder, led by All Star Kevin Durant, put together a decent regular season in the NBA odds action and as a reward got paired with the LA Lakers in the opening round of the NBA playoff betting action. But surprise, surprise, the young and inexperienced Thunder and not playing like a team that’s never made the NBA playoff betting scene. They are not playing like an underdog in the NBA odds. And they are certainly not playing like a team that most NBA odds makers picked to be swept out of the first round.
On the other hand the Lakers are team that seems to have an identity crisis and this conflict has hurt the team in the NBA betting action. The Lakers have the most dominant big men in the game and easily handle any team in the paint, yet they’ve also got one of the most skilled perimeter players in basketball betting who constantly needs to get his shot off. These identities have not meshed well so far in the 2010 NBA postseason betting and if this team doesn’t somehow integrate the two the Thunder just might be able to pull off the biggest upset in NBA playoff betting history.
But the theme to his NBA playoff series so far has been the home team protecting home court advantage and winning in front of their supportive crowd. And it that’s what this basketball betting series boils down to than the Lakers have a major advantage as two of the final three games, including Game 5 will be in LA.
Expect the clock to strike mid-night and the Lakers to get the Game 5 NBA betting win at the Stapler.