Sports book gambling excitement is based in large part for this historic on line sports gambling rivalry that features the two most successful franchises in NBA history.
Boston is something of a basketball betting surprise as the Eastern Conference champions as they were the three seed behind the highly touted Cleveland Cavaliers and the defending Eastern champion Orlando Magic. The Celtics proved their worth as they defeated Cleveland 4-2 after falling behind 1-2.
Boston dominated the Cavaliers and LeBron James in the final 3 games of the series to win going away and cost Cleveland coach Mike Brown his job. Boston also polished off Orlando 4-2. Boston knocked out the Miami Heat in the opening round.
The Lakers are the defending NBA World Champions and defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2 in their first NBA Playoff sports book gambling series this spring. That was followed by a 4 game sweep of the Utah Jazz and then a tough 4-2 win over the Phoenix Suns to clinch the Western Conference championship.
Boston and the Lakers met in the 2008 NBA Finals with the Celtics scoring a 4-2 betting on basketball series win. The Lakers have gotten the money in just 2 out of their last 12 meetings with the Celtics and the chalk has covered just 2 out of the last 9 head to head matchups between the teams.
This year Boston upset Los Angeles 87-86 as 2.5 point road dogs on February 18 and the Lakers scored a 90-89 win at Boston as 1-point chalks on January 31. Both games this year went under the sports book gambling total.
Boston has been the biggest money maker so far in the playoffs with a NBA betting record of 12-4 against the spread. The Lakers are 9-7 against the number so far in post season action.
The Lakers rank 4th overall for total offense in the playoffs with the Celtics ranking 2nd overall for total defense in the post season which makes for a phenomenal handicapping matchup.
LA’s Kobe Bryant is averaging 29.4 points per game in playoff action while Boston’s Rajon Rondo is averaging 10 assists per game this post season.