|Written by Jerry Santiago|
|Monday, 08 June 2009 08:38|
NBA Finals odds were covered in game 2 by the Orlando Magic but the Los Angeles Lakers have taken a 2-0 series lead with their 101-96 sports betting overtime win. NBA Finals odds had the Lakers as a 6.5 point sports betting favorite. The game went under the total of 202.
The teams split the first 2 games against the NBA Finals odds as the Lakers covered the sports betting spread in the opening game last Thursday. In game 2 the sportsbook betting result was in doubt to the end although Orlando was staying within the number for most of the game.
Kobe Bryant again excelled against the NBA Finals odds as he had 29 points as he was 10-22 from the floor. Bryant also dished out 8 assists in the game. Another key component to the Lakers success against the NBA Finals odds was Pau Gasol, who had a strong impact for the 2nd consecutive game. Gasol scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds. Lamar Odom was another key Laker against the NBA Finals odds as he scored 19 points and added 8 rebounds. The Lakers were again strong from the floor as they shot 46.2% and hit 24-28 free throws.
The Magic are one of the worst free throw shooting teams in the league and that has come back to bite them against the NBA Finals odds. The Magic missed 7 free throws in game 2. Rashard Lewis was Orlando’s main star against the NBA Finals odds as he scored 34 points and added 11 rebounds. Dwight Howard had another monster performance on the glass as he had 16 rebounds. Howard’s scoring, however, has been held down against the NBA Finals odds as the Lakers are double and sometimes triple teaming him. The big man had 17 points in game 2. Hedo Turkoglu was another important contributor for Orlando as he had 22 points.
While the Lakers enjoy a strong 2-0 lead in the series the next two games will be in Orlando and with the Magic having their backs against the wall they should come up with their best effort yet for game 3.
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.