It is a critical game in this series as it will either be 3-1 or 2-2 after this game is over. NBA Playoffs odds are very close on this Sunday matchup that will be televised on ABC.
NBA Playoffs betting trends may point to the Lakers in this game and in this series. The Lakers are 25-12 all-time when splitting the first two games of any best-of-7 series. That trend definitely favors the Lakers in terms of NBA Playoffs odds in this series against Houston. One concern for Los Angeles though in this NBA Playoffs betting series is the play of center Andrew Bynum. He came back from his injury and looked good late in the regular season but in the playoffs he has been a bust. He was actually replaced in the starting lineup in Game 2. Most online betting experts believed that Bynum would be needed for the Lakers to win in NBA Playoffs betting.
The NBA Playoffs betting trends tell us that the Lakers have done quite well in this round. Los Angeles is 8-3-1 against the NBA Playoffs odds in their last 12 Conference Semifinals games. The Lakers were the best road team in the NBA during the regular season straight up but they were only 23-18 against the spread. That is a problem sometimes for gamblers in NBA Playoffs betting with the Lakers. They are such a popular team that they can win the game outright and not cover the NBA Playoffs odds. So it makes some sense that the Lakers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games.
Houston was very solid at home this season straight up but they were just .500 against the spread. Houston was overvalued at home all year against the online betting pointspread. Houston just doesn’t have a powerful offense to cover the spread. In this NBA Playoffs betting series against the Lakers if the games are high scoring then Houston is likely to lose.
The Lakers are an over team while Houston is an under team. The Over is 4-1 in the Lakers last 5 NBA Playoffs betting Conference Semifinals games. What is somewhat surprising is that the Under is 8-2 in the Lakers last 10 road games.