NBA Finals betting odds have the Orlando Magic an underdog against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2009.
The Magic are not your average underdog though in NBA Finals odds at the sportsbook. They have a superstar player in Dwight Howard, a talented roster of shooters, and they can win on the road in NBA Finals betting.
NBA Finals betting information tells us that the Magic won both regular season meetings against the Lakers this season. Both games were close as the Magic won 106-103 at home and 109-103 at Los Angeles in NBA Finals odds. Kobe was unstoppable in both games scoring 41 at Orlando while he had a triple-double at home with 28 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Dwight Howard had a double-double in both games. Rashard Lewis averaged 19 points per game. The huge difference in this NBA Finals betting series from the regular season games is that the Magic won’t have Jameer Nelson who led them in scoring in those games.
The Lakers were expected to make the NBA Finals betting while the Magic were not. But Orlando has had the tougher road, eliminating last year’s champion Boston Celtics and then the Cleveland Cavaliers who had the best regular season record in the NBA this season.
Orlando is in NBA Finals betting action for only the second time in their history. They are looking for their first-ever title in NBA Finals odds. The Lakers are making their 30th appearance and they are looking for their 16th title.
The key matchup in this NBA Finals betting series would seem to be Howard against Andrew Bynum. The Lakers have said they will not double team Howard so it is up to Bynum to keep him contained. Howard is probably going to get his points in this NBA Finals betting as is Kobe Bryant. Neither team has the ability to stop the other team’s superstar. That means the series could come down to the other players. Rashard Lewis was huge against Cleveland but he has a tougher matchup in this NBA Finals betting series. The Lakers didn’t get much out of Derek Fisher against the Nuggets but he has a much better matchup in this NBA Finals betting series. Keep in mind he had his best game of the regular season (27 points) against the Magic.
While the Lakers are a solid favorite in NBA Finals betting at the sports book, the Magic have a lot of talent and should not be a 2-1 underdog in NBA Finals odds.
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