Breaking Down Game 5 of the NBA Finals
Up to this point, the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have lived up to the hype. After four games the series is all tied up at two with one game left in Boston and then the rest of the series playing out in LA. The series now boils down to a best two out of three for the NBA Championship.
Both teams have had their good and bad moments throughout the finals, but there are certain keys to victory that both teams need to achieve to win the ring.
NBA Finals Game Five Odds: The opening Line for Game Five at BETUS.com was Boston -3 / 188. Since the opening, there has been very little line movement. If you want to bet on Boston, the best line is Boston -3 -109 at Bet Phoenix.com , and if you want to bet on the Lakers, the best line is +3 found at several of the Top Ten sportsbooks.
Here is a breakdown of keys to victory for each team.
Go Deep: The Celtics depth is a strong point, and it was obvious in game four when the bench basically won the game and let the Celtics starters rest for almost the entire fourth quarter. Glenn Davis and Nate Robinson led the charge and they have to bring that same energy and determination to game five.
The Truth shall set you free: Paul Pierce sets the tone for this team. He started off game five by scoring double digits in the first quarter and when the Lakers made it close late he made the shot that sealed the win. He has to maintain that focus and set the tone again for the Celtics to win game five.
Save the Best For Last: Ray Allen doesn’t have to break records to be a player in game five. In game four, he was the leader on the court playing as the only starter. He yelled at some of the players when they got technical fouls and kept them focused on the win. He only scored 12 points, but if he shows he can be a scoring threat early, it takes the pressure off some of the others. Game Five could be his last game in Boston.
Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe’s Killer Instinct: You could see it in game four; Kobe has his killer instinct back. He was draining shots from all over the court and willing his team to play harder. This is the kind of heart and drive that will motivate his team to play well.
Two Trick Ponies: Someone else has to stand up and make a difference. In game four, Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant both had good games yet it wasn’t enough. Lamar Odom was invisible and Derrick Fisher could not do it again, the Lakers need more output from other players to win game five.
Andrew Bynum’s injury: Bynum’s injury has seemed to have gotten worse. He is sitting out more and more and the Lakers need him. He provides an offensive threat on the inside and defends against Glenn Davis keeping him at bay. His health could be a difference maker in game five.
Regardless of the outcome of game five and the series, this is setting up to be another classic match up between the Celtics and the Lakers as they battle to see who is the best in the NBA