NBA Finals Game 3 Odds
The Celtics came back in Game 2 after getting schooled in Game 1 and now are the favorites tonight and have home court advantage in this series.
L.A. Lakers at Boston Celtics
Bovada has the Celtics as 2.5 point favorites in this game with a total of 192.5.
This season the Celtics were 24-17 at home and 32-48-2 ATS and the Lakers were 23-18 on the road and 34-46-2 ATS.
The Celtics beat the Lakers in Game 2 on Sunday night 103-94.
The Celtics won Game 2, as they played much better defense, held the Lakers to only 40.8% shooting, and mainly because Ray Allen was simply en fuego and could not miss from deep.
After hitting only one 3-pointer in Game 1 the Celtics were 11/16 from deep in Game 2 for a scoring 3-point FG% of 68.8%. Ray Allen took advantage of the open looks he got and hit a NBA record 8 3-pointers. If Allen shoots anywhere close to that tonight they will take the lead in this series.
While the Celtics were raining down 3-point bombs in Game 2 the Lakers were missing them aplenty only going 5/22 from deep.
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum played solid in Game 2, but the Lakers were hurt since Kobe Bryant had foul trouble. Bryant said the Boston offense was not the main problem in the game, but the Lakers’ defense, especially from the guards. The Lakers need to man up and play better D tonight, especially on the perimeter.
Lamar Odom has been a no-show in this series and the Lakers could use a good game from him tonight, especially on the boards.
Ray Allen had a career game from deep and scored 32 points overall and PG Rajon Rondo had a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The Lakers cannot allow these guys to kill them again, as they have to get in Allen’s face and stay in front of Rondo and not let him get in the paint.
The Lakers lost their first game at home in the playoffs in Game 2 and have not been the best road team this post-season dropping two games the Oklahoma City and Phoenix series’.
The Lakers have not lost in Boston since losing the last game of the 2008 finals.
L.A. is 4-1 ATS in their last five games as an underdog, and Boston is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games.