#4 Boston Celtics
#1 Los Angeles Lakers
Celtics Lead Series 3-2
After playing three games in Beantown, the Los Angeles Lakers return to Staples Center on Tuesday night in a do or die situation in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. The C’s have erased deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 in this series and are now on the verge of becoming NBA champions for the second time in three years.
The stars really haven’t been stars in the NBA Finals for HC Doc Rivers, but what he does know is that his team is playing great ball as just that: a team. Everyone is taking their turn stepping up in the clutch to come up with great performances. One night it was F Glen Davis, who scored 18 points in a Game 4 victory. G Nate Robinson was just as big that night, pouring in 12 after really not having any impact on the team in the entire postseason. F Paul Pierce is averaging 19.0 points per game in the NBA Finals and may be well on his way to becoming the series MVP if the C’s can wrap things up tonight. F Kevin Garnett had two solid games on the Parquet Court, but will need to avoid the foul trouble that he picked up in the first two games in LA in order to have an impact in Tinseltown.
For the Lakers, there really has been an “I” in team in these Finals. G Kobe Bryant is doing everything that he can, but he is going to need a lot of help to get the job done. He is averaging 30.2 points per game in the NBA Finals and has had moments of sheer brilliance. Case in point, he put up 19 points in the third quarter of Game 5, a period in which the rest of his teammates only accounted for seven other points between them. The rest of the squad only made 18 shots for the entire fifth game of this series, shooting just 35.3 percent from the floor. Going a combined 9/17 from the charity stripe (save Bryant’s 8/9) didn’t help matters any either, and that’s why the Lakers are one game from being bounced by the Celtics once again.
This series ends tonight. The Celtics are going to buck two severe trends in NBA Finals history. HC Phil Jackson is 47-0 when taking a 1-0 lead in a postseason series, and the team that takes a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 of the NBA Finals by winning the third game is historically a perfect 10-0 ATS. However, Boston has mojo going like none other, and after an entire season of underachieving and hearing about what they can’t do, the Celtics are going to once again prove what they can do: Beat the Lakers and win the NBA title.
Selection: Boston Celtics +6.5 at Bookmaker Sportsbook
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