The Lakers have the home court advantage in this NBA Finals betting series which has the 2-3-2 format. NBA Finals odds at the online sportsbook show the Lakers as a six point favorite in Game 1.
NBA Finals betting almost always favors the team with the home court advantage. The Lakers have a Hall of Fame coach in Phil Jackson, a Hall of Fame player in Kobe Bryant, and a more experienced squad that is ready for this NBA Finals betting series. The Magic have Dwight Howard and a talented group of players who can shoot from the outside and impact NBA Finals odds. Magic forward Rashard Lewis led the league with 220 three-pointers during the regular season as NBA Finals betting stats indicate. Hedo Turkoglu, Mickael Pietrus and Rafer Alston can also shoot from the outside. "They space the floor so well that you've got to prepare for them differently than pretty much every team you play," Lakers forward Luke Walton said. "They're kind of like the old Phoenix Suns of a couple years ago."
Howard averaged 21.5 points and 16 rebounds against the Lakers in their two regular season games as NBA Finals betting statistics show. The player that will be the key for the Lakers in controlling Howard will be Andrew Bynum. "He's a guy that you can't let too far down in the lane," Bynum said. "If you do, it's going to be a problem."
The Lakers are well acquainted with NBA Finals betting but the Magic are not. This is the first time Orlando has been in NBA Finals betting since 1995. The Lakers are a six-point favorite in Game 1 NBA Finals odds at the online sportsbook and it is a critical game to both teams since if the Lakers win they will have huge NBA Finals betting trends in their favor. If the Magic upset the Lakers in Game 1 NBA Finals odds then the sports betting trends would shift to Orlando.
NBA Finals betting matches Kobe Bryant against Dwight Howard but since these two don’t guard each other the series may come down to how each team defends the other’s superstar. The Lakers definitely seem ready to win this NBA Finals betting series. "We played against physical players. We've faced everything already in the West," the Lakers’ Trevor Ariza said. "They're going to be ready for sure. They're well-coached. They're going to shoot threes and they're going to try and get the ball in the paint."
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