The Celtics had the best record in the NBA at 66-16 while the Lakers were not far behind at 57-25. NBA Finals odds are very competitive with the Celtics just a small favorite in Game One. Let’s look at the NBA Finals betting matchup between Boston and Los Angeles.
NBA Finals betting for the Celtics is all about the big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Garnett averaged 21.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season. Pierce averaged 19 points per game while Allen averaged 14.2. The other starters for Boston that you will see in NBA Finals betting action are center Kendrick Perkins and guard Rajon Rondo.
NBA Finals betting for the Lakers is all about Kobe Bryant. He was the league MVP this season and averaged 31.9 points per game to go a long with 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Center Pau Gasol averaged 17.7 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and is a huge factor in the NBA Finals odds. Lamar Odom averaged 14.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Derek Fisher averaged 10 points per game while Vladimir Radmanovic averaged 8.3 points per game.
In NBA Finals betting the bench players can play a role. The Celtics have James Posey, Sam Cassell, P.J. Brown, Eddie House, Leon Powe and Glen Davis. The Lakers bench players in NBA Finals betting will be Sasha Vujacic, Luke Walton, Jordan Farmar and Ronny Turiaf.The teams met twice during the regular season but neither meeting means anything in NBA Finals betting, especially since the Lakers didn’t have Gasol at the time. This is the 11th NBA Finals betting matchup between the two teams in their history. Boston won the first eight NBA Finals betting matchups while the Lakers have won the last two in 1985 and 1987. The Lakers are led by coach Phil Jackson who has won 9 NBA titles according to NBA Finals betting stats while Boston is led by Doc Rivers. NBA Finals odds have Boston a 2.5 point favorite in Game One but the Lakers are favored in NBA Finals odds to win the series.