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NBA Finals Game 3 Preview

The Celtics struck back with a big win in Game 2 to wrestle away home-court advantage from the Lakers, confirming the profitable value of the Game 2 Underdog Betting Theory yet again.

Heading back to Boston for Game 3, the Celtics could be in the driver’s seat as they go for their second title in three years. With Game 3 being played at TD Garden on Tuesday night the Celtics are favored for the first time in the series as a 3-point chalk at Bovada.

The Celtics were a 5.5-point underdog in Game 2 on Sunday night, but some red-hot shooting from Ray Allen and stellar play from Rajon Rondo led them to a 103-94 upset win. Allen was deadly from three-point range in the game, hitting an Finals-record eight threes while scoring a game-high 32 points.

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Even when Allen started to cool off in the second half Rondo picked up the slack and posted a triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. What should really comfort the Celtics about the Game 2 victory is that they did it without any real production from Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.

Pierce never found his shot in the game and finished with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting. Garnett hit a few clutch shots, but was not a dominant presence while netting six points and grabbing four rebounds. The Lakers had their own problems in the Game 2 loss. Pau Gasol had a strong game with a team-high 25 points and eight rebounds, but Kobe Bryant didn't put together the same game he delivered in Los Angeles' blowout win in Game 1. Bryant scored 21 points, but he only shot 8-of-20 and dealt with foul trouble throughout the game.

Andrew Bynum chipped in with 21 points as well, while Ron Artest choked with six points on a lame 1-of-10 shooting. In the friendly confines of TD Garden, this postseason the Celtics are 7-2 SU, but more importantly they're also 7-2 ATS. In the 2008 Finals the Celtics were 3-0 at home and they also covered the spread in all three wins.

However, don't expect the Lakers to be intimidated heading into Boston on Tuesday night. The Lakers have won their last two games in Boston, including a 90-89 win in January as a 1-point road favorite.