NBA Finals betting dates back to 1947 when the first championship was held. As you look to bet on the NBA Finals you will want to know that the series has a 2-3-2 best of seven-game format with the team with the better regular season record having the home court edge.
NBA Finals betting on the Celtics versus the Lakers goes back to 1959 when the Lakers were in Minneapolis. More recent NBA Finals betting history shows that the 1980’s had the Lakers or the Celtics in the NBA Finals every year except one with the Lakers winning five titles and the Celtics three titles. The teams met each other four times in the 1980’s with each team winning twice in NBA Finals betting. In 1984 the Celtics and Lakers met in NBA Finals betting for the first time since they played each other in the 1969 finals and Larry Bird’s Celtics defeated Magic Johnson’s Lakers four games to three in NBA Finals betting. The following year in NBA Finals betting the teams met again but this time Magic’s Lakers won the title in six games. In 1987 the team met in NBA Finals betting again and the Lakers won the title. Many people that bet on the NBA Finals believe that Lakers team was the best one in history.
Gamblers that bet on the NBA Finals have favored the Lakers when the two teams meet, simply for the fact that the Lakers are the most popular NBA team and they almost always have the most well known superstars. That is the case with 2008 NBA Finals betting. Although the Celtics have the big three in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, the Lakers have league MVP Kobe Bryant who is the most well know player in the NBA and a future Hall of Fame player. Kobe is the reason that many people that bet on the NBA Finals are taking the Lakers even though the Celtics had the best record in the NBA in 2008 and have the home court advantage in NBA Finals betting.