The Lakers lead the best-of-seven NBA Finals betting series 2-0 so Tuesday’s game will be critical for the Magic.NBA Finals odds saw the Lakers cover the pointspread in Game 1 while the Magic covered the spread in Game 2. The Lakers were fortunate to win Game 2 as the Magic had a chance to win the game and tie the online betting series but Courtney Lee missed in the final second of regulation and the Magic then lost in overtime. "I don't think we dodged a bullet," Kobe Bryant said. "They bounced back like we knew they would, played extremely well, and we got out of here with a win."
This is the fifth year in a row in NBA Finals odds that a team has won the first two games of the Finals at home. Only the 2006 Dallas Mavericks failed to win the NBA Finals betting series after taking a 2-0 lead. In fact, since 1985, the year the NBA changed the format of the Finals to 2-3-2, 11 of 12 teams that won the first two games won the title. That NBA Finals odds statistic is bad news for the Magic. "We just did our job defending our home court," Bryant said. "Now it's time to go to Orlando and see if we can't get one."
The Magic could be tied in this NBA Finals odds series but the reality is they are not. "We've just got to go home and take care of business," Orlando’s Dwight Howard said. "We've been in some tough situations. We've just got to fight our way out."
The Lakers have been a good underdog as NBA Finals odds stats. The Lakers are 22-8-2 ATS in their last 32 games as a road underdog as NBA Finals odds numbers show.
Orlando has been very good at home lately as NBA Finals odds numbers show. The Magic are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games as NBA Finals betting statistics tell us.
Playing the Lakers under the NBA Finals odds lately has been the way to go. The Under is 5-0 in the Lakers last 5 vs. the Southeast. Orlando is also an under team in NBA Finals odds. 27 of Orlando’s last 38 games as a sports betting home favorite have gone under the sports betting total.
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