#1 Los Angeles Lakers
#4 Boston Celtics
Series Tied 1-1
Home court advantage has been flipped around in NBA Finals betting action following the Boston Celtics upsetting the Los Angeles Lakers in Tinseltown on Sunday night. Now, the two teams are back at it, as LA tries to reverse its sin of losing at home in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
The Lakers have to rest easily in this series knowing that they have totally dominated the paint. After destroying the Celtics on the glass in Game 1, Los Angeles finished -5 in the rebounding department and -10 in terms of points in the paint three nights later. However, those stats can be a little deceiving. F Pau Gasol scored 25 points to go with eight rebounds and six blocked shots in Game 2, while his inside partner in crime, C Andrew Bynum had arguably his best game of the entire playoffs, scoring 21 points and blocking seven shots in 39 minutes on the court. G Kobe Bryant was the big disappointment in Game 2, as he only shot 8/20 from the floor and scored 21 points, battling foul trouble for the majority of the second half as well. LA shot just 40.8 percent from the floor and 22.7 percent from beyond the arc.
Generally speaking, it wasn’t shooting that really made the difference for the Celtics in Game 2, either. After all, shooting 42.9 percent from the floor wasn’t any better than their 43.3 percent shooting percentage in Game 1. However, G Ray Allen nailing eight triples (an NBA Finals record) was the big difference. Allen finished Game 2 with a game high 32 points on 11/20 shooting. He and G Rajon Rondo were simply unstoppable. Rondo scored nearly half of his points in a very decisive fourth quarter that saw the C’s outscore LA by nine points. When the dust settled, the Kentucky product scored 19 points to go with 12 boards and ten assists for yet another triple-double. F Kevin Garnett had just six points, six assists, and four rebounds, but he also only played 24 minutes, as he spent most of the first two quarters of the game on the bench in foul difficulties.
Boston is probably going to have to win all three games here at home to really feel good about having a chance to win the championship. However, that 47-0 mark of HC Phil Jackson’s after taking a 1-0 series lead still looms over the NBA Finals quite a bit. LA knows that it took the Celtics’ best punch on Sunday night, and the likelihood of getting that type of a punch again, especially without Bryant having a great game, is unlikely. Something will give here, as the Lakers will snare back home court advantage on Tuesday night.
Selection: Los Angeles Lakers +3 at Bookmaker Sportsbook
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