The Lakers were about a 2-1 favorite in NBA Finals betting odds despite the fact that the Celtics had the NBA’s best regular season record and home court advantage. The Lakers are a public team and that is one reason they were favored in NBA Finals odds.
NBA Finals odds on the Lakers are also higher than they should be because they have Kobe Bryant. When you have the league MVP on your side it definitely helps your cause. NBA Finals odds have seen the Lakers favored against the Boston Celtics in every game except the opener. NBA Finals odds even had the Lakers a one point favorite in Game Two at Boston. That tells you the respect that the Lakers are getting in 2008 NBA Finals odds. Los Angeles was a huge 9.5 point favorite in Game Three NBA Finals odds and although they won the game, they did not cover the pointspread.
NBA Finals betting odds favor the Lakers in Game Four as well with Los Angeles a 7.5 point favorite. The total in NBA Finals odds has been going progressively lower. With two of the first three games in NBA Finals odds going under the total it is not a surprise to see the total drifting down. Boston had the NBA’s best defense in the regular season and they have continued to shut down teams in the playoffs. NBA Finals betting odds had totals right around 191 or 192 for the first four games.
Since 2008 NBA Finals odds have a 2-3-2 format it is a virtual certainty that the Lakers will be favored in most games of the series. Considering they were favored in Game Two NBA Finals odds and favored in all of their home games, that would mean they will be favored in at least four of the seven games, perhaps more. That is a lot of respect for the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals betting odds.