Even casual NBA fans can’t help but get excited of the mere mention of the two teams in NBA Finals odds. NBA Finals betting in 2008 will be some of the best in recent memory with very competitive NBA Finals odds.
NBA Finals betting history tells us that the Lakers and Celtics have met 10 times previously with the Celtics winning 8 of the 10. The Celtics swept the Minneapolis Lakers in the 1959 NBA Finals and beat the Los Angeles Lakers in NBA Finals betting in 1962, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969 and 1984. The Lakers won in 1985 and in 1987 NBA Finals betting. The rivalry has never really died between the two teams and 2008 NBA Finals betting will be extremely popular because it is the Celtics and Lakers. “It means everything to Boston fans,” said Paul Pierce, “I think that’s pretty much what got me started in basketball, growing up in Los Angeles, watching the Lakers and the Celtics.”
Pierce is not alone in his feelings. Almost every NBA fans has heard of the Celtics vs. the Lakers in NBA Finals betting history. The teams haven’t played in NBA Finals betting in over 20 years but it seems like just yesterday now that they are meeting again. There are rivalries in sports that transcend the game. In baseball it is the Yankees and Red Sox, in football you have Ohio State versus Michigan or the Cowboys and Redskins. In terms of NBA Finals betting history it is the Celtics versus the Lakers. It is magical in NBA Finals odds and something that goes beyond just the ordinary rivalry.
2008 NBA Finals betting has two of the best teams in the NBA. The Celtics won the East while the Lakers were clearly the best team in the West after getting Pau Gasol from Memphis. The Lakers rolled through the Western Conference playoffs while Boston struggled in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Perhaps that is why the Lakers are favored in NBA Finals odds to win the series even though the Celtics have the home court advantage in NBA Finals betting.