The first two games of the NBA Finals betting series will be played in Boston while the next three will take place in Los Angeles. The final two games of the NBA Finals betting series, (if necessary) would be back in Boston.
NBA Finals odds tell us that this is the 11th time these two teams have met in NBA Finals betting and that is the most in history. Boston has won 8 of the 10 previous NBA Finals odds matchups. NBA Finals odds history shows that Boston is playing in the Finals for the 20th time overall. The Celtics have won the title 16 times. This season the Celtics finished with 66 wins after winning just 24 games last season. It is the biggest one season turnaround in NBA history.
The Celtics are led in NBA Finals odds by their big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Garnett is the Celtics leading scorer in the playoffs followed by Pierce. None of the big three have ever been a part of NBA Finals odds history before. Head coach Doc Rivers is also in the Finals for the first time. He has a 20-22 record in the playoffs as he also coached the Orlando Magic to playoff appearances. NBA Finals odds show that Boston is 10-1 at home in the playoffs this season but just 2-7 on the road.
Los Angeles is led in NBA Finals odds by 10-time All-Star Kobe Bryant who was the league MVP. He has played in 146 playoff games during his career and is appearing in his fifth NBA Finals. Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is perhaps the best coach in NBA Finals odds history. He has won 9 titles as he led the Lakers to three titles in his first four seasons in Los Angeles, and then led the Bulls to six NBA titles. He is 191-80 in the playoffs. NBA Finals odds show that the Lakers are 8-0 at home and 4-3 on the road in the playoffs this season.
NBA Finals odds have the Celtics favored in Game One but the Lakers are about a 2-1 favorite to win the overall NBA Finals betting series.