This should be a great NBA Finals betting series as the Lakers have Kobe Bryant while the Magic have Dwight Howard.
NBA Finals odds for Game 1 have the Lakers a six point favorite. While the Lakers are a solid favorite in NBA Finals odds for the NBA Finals betting series and in Game 1, the Magic do present matchup problems for the Lakers. "It's a team that presents a lot of tough matchups," Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. "They have a lot of guys that are just very talented offensively. You have to be aware of them obviously, know your personnel but also try to take advantage of your strengths, of our strengths and attack them."
The Magic are led by Dwight Howard but they oftentimes win or lose in NBA Finals odds by how well they shoot the three-pointer. The Magic averaged 23.3 three-point attempts a game in NBA Finals odds, making 8.6 of the shots. Online betting stats show that four players shot better than 35%, (Mickael Pietrus, Hedo Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis and Rafer Alston.)
On the inside it would seem that Orlando would have the advantage with Howard in NBA Finals odds but he is only one player. Online sports betting information shows that the Lakers have three big men in Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom. "Our big lineup is really going to present a problem for them," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said.
Sometimes in NBA Finals betting a team can lose Game 1 and come back and win a series in NBA Finals odds. The Lakers did it against Houston in NBA Finals odds, but they may not be able to do it against the Magic. Game 1 is critical in this NBA Finals betting series, especially with the 2-3-2 format. "That's something that you don't want to do in the Finals with this setup, the 2-3-2 setup," Jackson said. "So we really want to come out and be prepared."
Orlando knows how to win Game 1’s in NBA Finals odds. The Magic beat Boston in Game 1 of that NBA Finals odds series and Game 1 against Cleveland in that online sports betting series.
NBA Finals odds are on the online betting board right now for 2009 which begin on Thursday, June 4th in Los Angeles.
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