NBA Finals Game 4 Betting Preview
The Lakers can put serious pressure on the Celtics tonight if they can steal another win in Boston in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. But the wagering public believes its rebound time for Boston, as the game odds have climbed from -2.5 to -4 at some shops that specialize in NBA underdog odds (such as Bovada).
The Lakers rolled into Boston on Tuesday night and knocked off the Celtics 91-84 as a 2.5-point underdog at Bovada.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 29 points, but it was Derek Fisher and his leadership on and off the court that led the Lakers to the win.
ADVERTISEMENT: WAGER ON THE LAKERS TO COVER 4 POINTS ON THE GAME 4 POINT SPREAD WHEN YOU VISIT Bovada TODAY. Fisher delivered an uplifting sidelines speech after the Celtics went from 17 points down to only one back in the fourth and then backed it up with a scoring outburst down the stretch. Fisher finished the game with 16 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. If Fisher keeps the heroics up he could become a dark horse MVP candidate, and he's a steal right now on the MVP futures at +2000.
Pau Gasol had his usual double-double for the Lakers with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Andrew Bynum also had a strong game on the glass with nine points and 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom had his best game of the series so far off the bench with 12 points and five rebounds.
The Celtics team that won Game 2 in Los Angeles was nowhere to be found in Boston on Tuesday night. The biggest difference was Ray Allen, who went from couldn't miss in Game 2 to couldn't find the basket in Game 3. Allen set a new Finals record in Game 2 by hitting eight three-pointers while scoring a game-high 32 points. Calling Allen's performance in Game 3 ugly might be an understatement.
On Tuesday night Allen missed every shot he took, shooting 0-for-13 from the floor, which included going 0-for-8 from three-point range. He finished the night with two points on a pair of free throws. Kevin Garnett tried to lift the Celtics to victory with 25 points in Game 3 (up from six points in Game 2) and Paul Pierce added 15 points. Rajon Rondo chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds, and eight assists in a losing cause.
The Lakers’ win in Game 3 was their third in a row in Boston and during that short streak they're 2-0-1 ATS. Despite that recent success at TD Garden the Lakers are still a 2.5-point underdog in tonight's game. The Lakers have received a boost on the series odds after taking a 2-1 series lead.
The latest series futures have the Lakers listed at -350, while the Celtics have fallen to +270 underdogs.