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NBA Basketball Betting – Los Angeles Lakers-Boston Game 3 Preview

Written by Andrew Scofield   
Monday, 07 June 2010 20:32

2010 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers @ Boston Celtics, Game 3NBA betting gurus have a very interesting choice to make as Game 3 of the NBA Finals arrives. The online betting world can either recall the way the Los Angeles Lakers demolished the Boston Celtics in Game 1 of the series, or place fresh emphasis on the Celtics’ Game 2 comeback. Which line of reasoning (and which of the first two games in this classic clash) will hold more resonance as tip-off time approaches?

2010 NBA Finals: Los Angeles Lakers @ Boston Celtics, Game 3

Tuesday, June 8

If NBA Finals betting experts want to make a name for themselves, they’ll nail Game 3 of the Finals at TD Garden in Boston. This contest is shrouded in uncertainty after the Celtics took Game 2 on Sunday evening in Los Angeles. The 103-94 win created a unique situation in recent historical terms: Not since 2004 has an NBA Finals series been tied at one game apiece (although one of the teams that trailed 2-0, the 2006 Miami Heat, came back to win that year’s series).

 

The question is simple: Does Game 2’s Boston win represent a sea-change in this series, or was it an aberration, something that the Lakers will overcome with an authoritative Game 3 performance on the road? The jury is most likely split on this issue, so whoever makes the right prediction on this game will have done well. 

With much discussion about World Cup odds floating throughout the sports world, American soccer fans might be wondering what Rajon Rondo would be like if he were a soccer player. The Boston point guard seems like a natural for the world’s most popular sport. Rondo would be great in the air, since his leaping ability enabled him to pull down 12 rebounds in Game 2. The Lakers contained him in Game 1, but on Sunday night, Rondo played like the man who has carried the Celtics throughout the playoffs. His 19-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist performance, which also featured timely steals and blocks in the second half, was so impressive not just because Rondo’s been a little less healthy than in previous weeks, but also because the Kentucky product affected the game in so many ways. Rondo hit a long jump shot to give the C’s momentum in the final minutes, and he destroyed Derek Fisher in the head-to-head matchup, just as his team needed him to do.

It makes you wonder: Is Rondo ready to dominate this series as the action heads to Boston, or will Kobe Bryant become the main man in New England. 

The verdict here is that the latter scenario will take place. Kobe was plagued by some dubious foul calls in Game 2, which took him out of his rhythm. Yes, he also received some generous calls down the stretch, but the larger point about No. 24 is that with his team tied in the series, there will certainly be a strong sense of urgency for Bryant to be at his best. It’s true that the Lakers have other issues – such as getting a good game from Lamar Odom – but if Kobe answers the bell with an elite performance, L.A. should be in good shape. One other thing to realize is that the older, slower Celtics will have just one off day and a very long plane flight back East. It will be harder for Boston’s body clocks to adjust in Game 3. Take the Lakers, 98-91.

Online basketball betting pick: Los Angeles Lakers

 
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