|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Friday, 12 June 2009 08:46|
NBA Finals odds for Sunday’s game 5 between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers could be the sports betting finale of the series as LA has taken a 3-1 lead in games. NBA Finals odds were beaten and covered by the Lakers on Thursday in game 4 in a thrilling overtime sports betting affair by a score of 99-91.
NBA Finals odds for game 5 opened with the Lakers as a sports betting home favorite of around 6 points and that could climb higher as the sportsbook betting public is going to expect the series to close at Staples Center.
Derek Fisher was the hero for LA against the NBA Finals odds as he nailed a 3-point shot with 4.6 seconds remaining to force overtime and then hit another 3-pointer with 31.3 seconds remaining to clinch the game against the NBA Finals odds for the Lakers. If the Lakers beat the NBA Finals odds on Sunday in game 5 it will be their 15th world championship.
Kobe Bryant was another key performer for LA against the NBA Finals odds as he had 32 points, 8 assists, and 7 rebounds. Trevor Ariza and Pau Gasol added 16 points against the NBA Finals odds for LA in game 5.
Orlando center Dwight Howard set a record against the NBA Finals odds with 9 blocked shots and had 16 points and a monster like 21 rebounds. Howard may have cost the Magic the game, however, as he missed 8 out of 14 free throws. Orlando has always been a weak team from the charity stripe and they blew 15 freebies in game 5, which was as good of a reason as any as to why they lost.
Bryant continues to be the 2nd leading scorer in the NBA Playoffs with an average of 30.2 points per game and is well positioned to be named the Most Valuable Player of the Playoffs. Bryant is super motivated and has provided great leadership for his team as he wants this NBA title since it would be “his own” unlike LA’s past titles in which Shaquille O’Neal was given equal credit with him.
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.