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NBA Finals Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics

NBA Finals Game 1: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Tonight is the Game 1 of the much anticipated NBA Finals between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. Whether due to home-advantage or doubt over Kobe Bryant skills, the Boston Celtics are the favorite to win Game 1 of the NBA Championship Finals, after trailing behind the Lakers throughout the playoffs. At the popular online sportsbook BodogSports the Celtics are -145 favorite, while the Los Angeles Lakers will enter the court as underdog with odds +125. Whether the odds are the real reflection of the teams' condition or just a clever way to get the action on the NBA Finals started, remains to be seen. At the bookie, the point spread on the Lakers vs. Celtics Game 1 is currently posted at -3 points chalk Boston with the total at 192 points. Keep in mind that despite the Game 1 odds, the Los Angeles Lakers remain the favorite to win the NBA Championship with odds -175, while the Celtics are underdog to snatch the series with odds +155.

 If you are considering the spread, the trends indicate that the L.A. Lakers are 12-4-1 against the spread in their last 17 games, when Boston is just 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games. Closer look also shows that the Lakers are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Boston. Also keep in mind that the total has gone OVER in 10 of the LA Lakers last 14 games when playing on the road against Boston. Team stats show Boston has the second stingiest defence in the league at 90.3 points per game, the best field goal percentage against in the league allowing 41.9. The Celtics are second in rebounds allowed in the league at 39.1, while Los Angeles is third in the league in field goal percentage at 47.7. The NBA Finals Game 1 will start tonight at 9:00pm EST from TD Banknorth Garden. Watch it live on ABC.

 Published on 06/05/2008

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