Celtics vs. Lakers
So we’re you one of the lucky (and smart) ones to pick the Celtics to make it to the NBA Finals? The Celtics had odds of 20/1 to win the NBA Title before the playoffs started. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you can now take your chances or you can hedge to lock in a profit. Nice job! As for the Lakers, no surprise there. They were the 2nd favorites behind the Cavs at 2/1 odds to win it all. Of course, nobody has won anything yet. That all gets underway tonight at the Staples Center.
Kobe and the LA Lakers are a -213 favorite to win the NBA Finals but I’ll take the greater depth of talent on the Boston Celtics at +150 to pull through in the clutch. There are so many reasons to like Boston in this series but none more so than the bench. With Rasheed Wallace, Big Baby Davis, and Nate Washington all able to do a job off the bench Boston possess the playoff ready talent to win this series even when their big stars need a break. Rajon Rondo, the man who carried Boston through the playoffs, will have enjoyed a full five days rest before the series and with the Big Three of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett also recharging this is a Celtics team ready to get the job done on the road. Back the Boston Celtics to win big with Sports Interaction.
While I like the Celtics to win the series there is one tempting bet for the Lakers that can’t be ignored. Sports Interaction is offering +650 on this series ending inside Four Games. If Los Angeles can defy my prediction and sweep its two home Games then I think they will close it out on the road in Boston. This is a team with Kobe Bryant, the ultimate closer in the NBA and it is facing a Celtics team which has failed to make home advantage count in 2010. Even with an offer that generous I’m not moving away from the Celtics. There’s an equally tempting offer of +650 for the Celtics to win 4-2 and I like Boston to win it in six so this is a great bet. The Celtics have shown an ability to win on the road but with at least one home defeat likely it isn’t a stretch to see this series lasting nearly two full weeks. Go with the Celtics to win six Games and win big with Sports Interaction.
The NBA Finals open in the Staples Center tonight and I like Boston to get off to a fast start against LA. Take the Celtics at +190 with Sports Interaction to win on the road and to win the race to 20 points at +115. This is a Celtics team which is better than the one that won the Championship back in 2008. The Lakers-Celtics rivalry may be the best in Basketball and there’s no better way to finish the NBA season then with these two meeting.