That has continued a trend in the 2008 playoffs of home court teams winning on a regular basis. When you bet on the NBA Finals you want to keep in mind that the format is a 2-3-2. That means in 2008 NBA Finals betting the Boston Celtics are home for the first two games, the Los Angeles Lakers are home for the next three and the final two games are back in Boston.
NBA Finals betting was not always set up in the 2-3-2 format. In fact, many people don’t like the format. The format was changed in 1985 to pacify Boston’s Red Auerbach who disliked the cross country travel. It used to be that the format for NBA Finals betting was the same as the other playoff rounds where it is 2-2-1-1-1. Even though many people that bet on the NBA Finals don’t like the current 2-3-2 format in NBA Finals betting, history has shown that the higher seeded team has won 75% of the finals overall and 60% of the finals since the format change. Only twice has the lower seeded team won all three of their home games in NBA Finals betting. It happened in 2004 when Detroit beat the Lakers in NBA Finals betting and in 2006 when Miami defeated Dallas in NBA Finals betting.
What many people that bet on the NBA Finals look at with the 2-3-2 format is the pivotal Game Five. In the 2-2-1-1-1 NBA Finals betting format the home court edge goes to the team with the best record. With a 2-3-2 format in NBA Finals betting it goes to the other team. The Celtics are definitely concerned about the possibility of Game Five being in Los Angeles. "Game 5 is taken away from you in this format," Boston head coach Doc Rivers said. "We've had three huge Game 5s in the first three rounds. All of them have been at home. So that part of it changed."
NBA commission David Stern has said that he is open to change the format in the future back to the 2-2-1-1-1. If the Lakers win in NBA Finals betting and take the pivotal Game Five at home, it is very possible the format will change. The home court edge is always something to remember when you bet on the NBA Finals.