They will also be an underdog in Game Five NBA Finals betting odds. Surprisingly they were the underdog in Game Two NBA Finals odds, even though they were at home. Will Boston have success in 2008 NBA Finals betting odds?
NBA Finals odds in 2008 have the series going 2-3-2. That format in NBA Finals betting odds has been in existence since 1985. Before that time the format was 2-2-1-1-1. Many teams have complained about the 2-3-2 format in NBA Finals odds but the NBA changed it back in 1985 to cut down on travel. Even though some teams have complained about the format, the team with the best record has still won 60% of the time in NBA Finals odds. Another interesting fact about that format is that only twice in history has the team with three straight home games actually won all three games.
2008 NBA Finals odds had the Los Angeles Lakers favored over the Celtics in the series and in four of the first five games. What should encourage the Celtics in NBA Finals odds is the fact that they were the NBA’s best road team in the regular season. That success has not carried over into the playoffs, however as the Celtics have struggled. Teams that win NBA Championships and are victorious in NBA Finals odds usually can win on the road. Even though the Celtics have struggled on the road in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, if they win their home games in 2008 NBA Finals odds they will win the title.
NBA Finals betting odds would normally have the Boston Celtics favored over any team. The one exception to that rule, however, is the Los Angeles Lakers. They are the public team in the NBA and attract a lot of attention on the NBA Finals odds board. That does not mean they always win though. In fact, the Celtics covered the spread in the first four games on the NBA Finals odds board.