|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 15 June 2009 10:34|
NBA Finals odds were soundly beaten by the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in a 99-86 sports betting win and cover as 3.5 road dogs at Orlando to clinch the series. NBA Finals odds were beaten by the Lakers in 4 out of 5 games as they took the sports betting series straight up 4-1 in games as well with 4 of the 5 games going under the total.
Kobe Bryant was again the star for LA against the NBA Finals odds as he scored 30 points in game 5 to lead all scorers. Pau Gasol had another impressive sports betting performance as well as he had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Lamar Odom was also a top rebound man in the sportsbook betting matchup for LA as he had 10 boards. Odom and Gasol had the responsibility of shutting down Orlando center Dwight Howard against the NBA Finals odds and were highly successful throughout the series including in game 5 as Howard had only 11 points. Howard scored more than 20 points only once in the 5 games against the NBA Finals odds.
Bryant averaged 32.4 points per game and 7.4 assists per game against the NBA Finals odds which was the best combination of the two since LA’s Jerry West back in 1969, as West averaged 37.9 points per game and 7.4 assists per game that year against the NBA Finals odds.
What was more important about Bryant was his demeanor and leadership. Bryant desperately wanted to beat the NBA Finals odds this year for what would be known as his “own” championship that he would not have to share with Shaquille O’Neal, who he partnered up with earlier in the decade for one of the best runs in history against the NBA Finals odds.
It was the 15th world championship for the Lakers and the 10th for Laker head coach Phil Jackson, who is emerging not just as the greatest coach in the history of the NBA but as one of the greatest coaches in the history of all of sports.
Bet on the MLBGamblers might feel compelled to place their baseball bets on San Francisco. Rival evaluators who scouted the Giants’ offensive work during spring training all left thinking the same thing; pitchers from opposing teams will have to dig deep. Similar to the Kansas City Royals of the previous two years, the Giants are not known for striking out too often.