The Celtics have the home court advantage in the NBA Finals betting series and are 2.5 point NBA Finals odds favorites in Game One, but they are not the favorite in the series. Here are more NBA Finals betting numbers to consider.
NBA Finals betting has seen the Lakers a popular choice against the Celtics in early wagering. Perhaps that is because Los Angeles is 10-4-1 against the spread in the playoffs. Surprisingly the Lakers went under in 10 of their 15 playoff games. The Celtics and Lakers met twice in the regular season but the results are really meaningless in NBA Finals odds since they were early in the season before the Lakers had Pau Gasol. NBA Finals betting should be competitive with both teams having strengths. The Celtics have Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce in the front court which gives them the edge. The Lakers though have a huge edge in the backcourt with Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher against Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. If Allen continues to struggle with his shot and no one else steps up from the outside the Celtics have no shot in NBA Finals betting.
The Lakers also have a huge edge in NBA Finals betting on the sideline. Phil Jackson wins, period. He has won 9 NBA titles and is always well prepared. Doc Rivers is no match for Jackson. The Lakers also have a big edge in NBA Finals odds in terms of greatness. The Lakers have the best player on the court in league MVP Kobe Bryant and when the game is on the line he will hit the big shot more often than not versus NBA Finals odds. The Celtics do not have a player that has ever won in NBA Finals betting.
Another huge factor to keep in mind in NBA Finals betting is the format. It is a seven game NBA Finals betting series that goes 2-3-2. If the Lakers are able to win one of the first two games in Boston they would head home where they are unbeaten in the playoffs with a chance to win in NBA Finals betting.