Pau Gasol a Hero for Magic Bettors

Myles ValentinContributor IJune 8, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 07:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks to the bench during overtime against the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In the second game of the NBA Finals, Orlando Magic fans (or degenerate bettors depending on your point of view) found a hero in Pau Gasol and a sellout in J.J. Reddick.

The point spread was set at -6.5 in favor of the hometown Los Angeles Lakers despite the Lakers easily covering the spread in the first game of the series.

The majority of the betting public was on the side of the Lakers expecting a repeat performance. Rashad Lewis and the Orlando Magic defense had other plans.

Lewis was incredible from beyond the arc kepping the game close. Kobe was a bit off and Bynum seemed to have his thoughts on the Playboy mansion. 

A Lakers cover seemed impossible, but the Magic would blow several opportunities in regulation to cover.

Tied 88—88, Kobe Bryant drove into a triple team and attempted what would have been a game winning shot. Hedo Turkoglu blocked him from behind. Magic bettors were in panic mode.

Still there was another chance for the Magic cover to be locked but rookie Courtney Lee seemed more focused on *tapping the backboard instead of hitting the game winning shot. *(please note that for many that are vertically inclined, tapping the backboard is equal to a dunk)

With Turkoglu blocking Kobe's game winner and Lee messing up a solid play, the Lakers would now have an extra five minutes to cover the spread.

The Lakers kept bettors on their seats jumping out to a huge six point lead. Thankfully Rashad Lewis hit a key three—pointer. Odom came back and hit two free throws but the Lakers were still only up by five.

J.J. Redick attempted a three point shot but missed, Lewis grabbed the offensive board, then he missed. Ariza got the rebound and all looked safe for Orlando Magic bettors.

However for some odd reason with the "actual" game out of reach, J.J. Reddick lunged straight towards Ariza attempting an intentional foul. This would have put Ariza to the line and would have given the Lakers a chance to cover the spread.

Thankfully Pau Gasol stood in the way of Redick and the clock ran down, preventing an intentional foul.

Lakers won 101—96 going up 2—0 in the series. More importantly the Magic covered, extending their amazing run against the spread.

After starting the NBA Playoffs 0—4 ATS the Orlando Magic have gone 12—5 ATS and are 8—2 ATS in their last 10.

The line for game three has opened up at four points in favor of the Magic.

The current state of the economy has forced the author to become a degenerate gambler. He had money on the Magic to cover and on the under, but is still recovering from a Cavs series bet.