NBA Championship Series Betting Trends: Orlando and Los Angeles

ctsports picksAnalyst IJune 1, 2009

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The NBA brass wanted the dream matchup of Kobe vs. Lebron, but Orlando would have no part of it upsetting Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Lakers will have the home court advantage, but Orlando has overcame the advantage in its last two series.

In the regular season Orlando swept the L.A. Lakers and also covered the spread in both games. Series prices have L.A. as a favorite at -260 and Orlando as underdog at +210. Game One line opens with L.A. as a six-point favorite and the total of 206. Today Sports Handicapper Craig Trapp from CT SPORTS PICKS is going to breakdown the recent betting trends for the Magic and Lakers.

The Magic have been great against the spread going 7-1 the last eight games. Not only were they covering the spread, but they were killing the spread covering by an average of seven points.

The over total has also been hot for Orlando as they have gone over five of its last six games. Orlando was almost as big as underdog against Cleveland as they are against L.A., but obviously that won't discourage the Magic. For Orlando backers if you like there series price of +210 or +240 for Game One there is great value in this super-hot, underdog team.

The Lakers have been the odds on favorite to win the NBA Championship since week one of the regular season. L.A. has not played consistently well throughout the playoffs which is definitely shown in Lakers spread record of 5-5 the last 10 games. But the Lakers have played much better the last four winning three of four games both straight up and against the line.

The high-powered Lakers have surprisingly been a great under play the last 10 games going 8-2. Not great betting value if you are an a L.A. backer, but to be fair they have been about this price for a month. The value is definitely in the total if you think L.A. can continue to play shut-down defense.

This series has two teams with opposite betting trends, so the real question starts for all handicappers.

Can Orlando keep the hot three point shooting and force over totals and against the spread covers?

Can L.A. continue there defensive improvement and shut down Orlando's outside shooting?

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