NBA Conference Finals Betting
The Orlando Magic will try to force a Game 7 against the Boston Celtics tonight when they clash in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals in Boston.
The Magic survived to play Game 6 by pummeling the Celtics 113-92 as a 4-point home favorite at Bovada in Game 6 on Wednesday night. Jameer Nelson had a big night shooting 6-of-10 and 4-of-5 from three-point range to net a game-high 24 points for Orlando.
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Dwight Howard continued to make up for his slow start in the series with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Rashard Lewis and J.J Redick each deposited 14 points. The Celtics were bruised and battered in Game 6 and as a result they may be shorthanded tonight. Glen Davis took a Dwight Howard elbow to the face and it knocked him out cold with a concussion.
Davis says he plans to play tonight, but he'll end up being a game-time decision. Marquis Daniels is also reeling from a concussion and also is questionable for tonight's game. While his teammates were dropping around him Rasheed Wallace led the Celtics with 21 points in only 18 minutes before fouling out in Game 5. Wallace is also dealing with an achy back that could shorten his minutes again tonight. Rajon Rondo added 19 points and six assists, and Paul Pierce had 18 points.
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Back at home tonight the Celtics are a 3.5-point favorite in Game 6. The Celtics had won three in a row at home before Orlando's upset win in Game 4. If the Magic can pull off another upset tonight Game 7 will be played in Orlando on Sunday. (View Matchup)
Also on tap in the NBA playoffs this weekend is Game 6 between the Lakers and Suns on Saturday night. The Lakers took a 3-2 series lead on Thursday night after Ron Artest buried a layup at the buzzer to five Los Angeles a 103-101 win as a 7.5-point favorite. Artest picked up Kobe Bryant, who came up short on a three-pointer that landed in Artest's hands before he made the game-winning basket.
Bryant nearly posted a triple-double in the win with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists, while Derek Fisher scored 22 points - which was his biggest scoring outburst of the postseason. Pau Gasol added 21 points and nine boards, and Lamar Odom had his usual solid night off the bench with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Suns trailed by eight at halftime and fell behind by as many as 18 points after the break in Game 6, but nearly put together a comeback win that came up just short thanks to Artest's last-second heroics. Steve Nash led Phoenix with 29 points and 11 assists. Amar'e Stoudemire delivered 19 points and only four rebounds, and Channing Frye chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards off the bench.
The series returns to Phoenix for Game 6, and that may be just what the Suns need to extend the series to seven games. The Suns are 2-0 at home in the series and overall they've won six straight at US Airways Arena while also going 6-0 ATS. Phoenix is a slim 1-point favorite in Saturday's must-win game. (View Matchup)