NBA Betting: Celtics’ Experience Gives Them Edge Over Thunder in NBA Finals
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Thursday, 28 April 2011 07:32|
The Boston Celtics have been a perennial Eastern conference contender over the past few years, but with an aging veteran core the window to deliver the city another NBA championship could be closing. The Celtics will get another shot in 2011, and although they may be relieved that it’s not the two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers that they will face, it certainly won’t be much easier against a talented Oklahoma City Thunder squad. The Thunder have developed with superstars such as Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook leading the way, and are now ready to contend for an online sports betting title.
It will be interesting to see how Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins reacts when he lines up against his former team in the championship series. Perkins was undoubtedly the missing piece that the Thunder were lacking a year ago when they couldn’t get past Los Angeles, but with the added presence of a veteran big man with solid experience they wouldn’t be denied a trip to the finals. Durant was one of the association’s most dominant players during the regular season, and his ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc has complimented his high percentages from the field and made him one of the most dominant offensive threats in the game today.
Westbrook has provided the perfect compliment from the point, and the pay per head chemistry those two have developed together cannot be overrated.
The problem they will face against the Celtics however is their lack of experience, as both Durant and Westbrook are only 22-years old. Compare that to a veteran Celtics’ team that features Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Paul Pierce, and it isn’t difficult to understand why they are overmatched. Point guard Rajon Rondo has benefited from playing with Boston’s big three, and has joined them as four of the best players in the conference. One of the biggest problems for Rondo during the regular season was what head coach Doc Rivers has called a lack of focus, something that was not an issue in their four-game sweep of the New York Knicks in the opening round. The Perkins deal brought in a couple of key additions to the Celtics’ reserves in Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, a move they felt comfortable making after already bolstering their lineup with a couple of offseason acquisitions including Shaqulle O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal that rivaled the ones that the MLB betting Red Sox made this past winter.
The Celtics forced the Lakers to game seven of the NBA finals, and as the annual Kentucky derby betting race approaches it is becoming more clear how important that experience will be going forward. Boston will seize the opportunity with time running down for the chance to win a title with their veteran core intact, and allow the Thunder the opportunity to understand what it takes to win it all in a series that shouldn’t go more than six games.