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NBA Finals Betting – Inside The Matchups For Celtics-Lakers

Written by Gaby Varji   
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 19:52

NBA Finals Betting OddsIf you’re betting on World Cup odds, individual matchups are often a game within the game, and the same holds true for the NBA Finals, where this year’s participants are very familiar with each other.

Bet On Celtics Lakers – Game 1 on Thursday, June 3, 9:00 PM ET

Kobe Bryant vs Ray Allen

These two haven’t liked each other for a long time, and it’s always fun to see these warriors go at it.  Bryant scored 19 in his lone meeting with Allen, while the Celtics guard averaged 15.5 points in two games against the Lakers. (Edge: Lakers)

Ron Artest vs Paul Pierce

NFL betting players may want to check this matchup out, because it could end up being the most physical of the playoffs.  Artest held Pierce to an average of 13.0 points in their two meetings, while “The Truth” shot just 40% from the field, and Artest is going to be in his face from the opening tip until the final horn.  Pierce will get his points, but they’re going to come at a cost. (Edge: Draw)

 

Pau Gasol vs Kevin Garnett

One series ago, this would have gotten a draw, but Garnett took a step back in the Orlando series, especially offensively.  Gasol averaged 16.5 points and 9.0 boards against the Celtics this season, but he would love to avenge his performance in the 2008 Finals, when he wasn’t nearly as aggressive with the ball as he should have been.  Now, we’re thinking that Garnett’s knee is bothering him again, but of course, he won’t let it show. (Edge: Lakers)

Derek Fisher vs Rajon Rondo

Everyone talks about how bad Fisher is, but come playoff time, wouldn’t you want him on your team?  He hits big shots, which makes up for his defensive deficiencies, but he’ll have a tough time against Rondo, who averaged  17.5 points, 11.5 assist and 3.5 steals against the Lakers this season.  Rondo has been having muscle spasms in his back, which should make Fisher’s job a bit easier. (Edge: Celtics)

Benches

The big players off the bench will be Lamar Odom for the Lakers, and Rasheed Wallace and Glen Davis for the Celtics, although Nate Robinson had a big game in the Orlando series.  Odom had 10.0 points and 9.0 boards against the Celtics this year, and his ability to get to the boards will be appreciated as Andrew Bynum’s knee is wearing down and he’s playing limited minutes.  Wallace has been all over the place for the Celtics, much like he has been all season, while Davis suffered a concussion in Game 5 of the Orlando series.  The Boston subs may be deeper, but Odom is the best player on either bench, and he could have a big say in this online betting showdown. (Edge: Lakers)

 
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