NBA Finals Odds and PicksWorld Cup betting players have never seen two countries battle for the glory as much as NBA betting fans have had the pleasure of watching Boston and the Los Angeles Lakers go head-to-head for the title, as this will be the 12th time these rivals meet for the league crown. They just met two years ago with the Celtics taking out the Lakers in six games, will it happen again?

Celtics Lakers Betting – Game 1 is on Thursday, June 3 in Los Angeles

The Celtics were an afterthought coming into the playoffs, and no one even paid them much attention after they beat Miami in five games, and it would have been a sweep if not for one out-of-this-world game by Dwyane Wade. Boston then went on to eliminate two-time MVP LeBron James and Cleveland, the team with the league’s best record in the regular season, and followed that up by defeating Orlando in six after the Magic had steamrolled Charlotte and Atlanta. They’re doing it with defense as the Celtics are holding the opposition to 91.4 points on 43.8% shooting, but they may be meeting their most complete opponent.

The Lakers had a tough time dispatching of Oklahoma City in six games after emerging with the best record in the Western Conference, then they swept Utah before eliminating Phoenix in six. The defending NBA champions had a tough time matching up against Oklahoma City and their athleticism before they made some changes, and the Utah sweep wasn’t nearly as easy as it sounded, but that’s when Kobe Bryant started to heat up. After notching 23.5 points on 40.8% shooting against the Thunder, Bryant had his right knee drained and blazed the Jazz for 32.0 points on 52.3% shooting. Against the Suns, the former MVP had 33.7 points on 52.1% shooting.

The Lakers are a -185 favorite in this series according to NBA betting odds, and they’ve lost nine of their 11 Finals meetings with the Celtics in their history, including the 2008 loss that was stamped with a 39-point loss in Boston in Game 6. That sparked the Lakers to their title last season, but you know that they wished that it was the Celtics they faced and not Orlando, who they romped through in five games. This is all about revenge: Pau Gasol was pushed all over the place by Kevin Garnett and company in 2008, and he won’t let that happen again. Bryant will be up for another meeting with rival Ray Allen, as the two haven’t gotten along since Allen was in Seattle. The most important part of this series may be the acquisition of Ron Artest by the Lakers, as he’s going to make Paul Pierce work for every single point he gets. The Lakers are the better and more motivated team this time around.

BSN Sports Betting Pick: Lakers -185

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