Betting on basketball fans could be seeing a preview of the 2011 Finals as both teams are in top contention in their respective conferences as bona fide NBA betting powers.
The Los Angeles Lakers will host the Boston Celtics on Sunday afternoon with a start time of 3:30 PM ET. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this matchup of champions so be sure and have your account open and ready for action on this marquee pairing.
Few rivalries in all of sports can match the prestige of the Lakers and Celtics rivalry that goes back to their battles for the NBA title in the 1960’s and then the Magic vs. Bird era of the 1980’s. The Lakers won last year’s Finals in 7 games after rallying from a 3-2 deficit by winning the final two games at home to take the title.
Boston had a basketball betting NBA online mark of 11-8 against the spread on the road. Boston is not an underdog often but they are dangerous on the rare occasion that they do get points as they have paid out in 12 of their last 17 games as a dog including 6 of their last 8.
The Celtics have gone under the total in 8 of their last 9 games as a pup. The Lakers have covered just 6 of their last 16 as a favorite with 4 failures in their last 6 games as a chalk. LA has gone under the total in 9 of their last 12 when laying points.
The Lakers have beat the NBA sports betting line in just 9 of their last 22 home games. The Celtics have been the better value in this head to head series as the Lakers have gotten the money in just 6 of their last 19 games against Boston with the Celtics taking the cash in 3 of the last 4 meetings. The series has gone under the total 5 consecutive games.
Boston has paid out in 13 of their last 20 games at the Lakers including 7 of their last 10 visits with just 2 of the last 9 betting on basketball matchups at LA going over the total.