Pistons vs. Celtics Series Gambling Tips May 27th, 2008
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NBA Eastern Conference Finals Wagering – Boston Celtics vs. Detroit Pistons
Which Team will reach the League Finals, and has a Better Chance to Win?
With four games of the Eastern Conference Finals having been played in the Top Sportsbooks online sportsbook up to this point – and the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons splitting the four contests with each team winning once on the road – both teams would appear to have an equal chance of reaching the 2007-08 NBA Finals despite the fact that two of the three final sports betting contests in the online betting series will be played in Boston if a Game 7 is even necessary (it will be).
So, which team will emerge from the gritty Eastern Conference Finals to reach the NBA Finals and will either of these two teams have a realistic chance of defeating whichever team comes out of the Western Conference Finals – the Los Angeles Lakers or San Antonio Spurs – in the league finals?
Fear not BetUS NBA basketball bettors, I have the answers to each the aforementioned questions beginning with the winner of this series.
The Boston Celtics, who are +140 to win the NBA Championship in the Our best Sportsbooks, (66-16 SU, 52-28-2 ATS, 36-45 O/U) have struggled to cover the spread in the postseason, (10-8 SU, 7-11 ATS, 8-10 O/U) going just 7-11 against the spread in 18 postseason games after posting the league’s best ATS record during the regular season.
After averaging 100.5 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting from the field during the regular season while limiting their opponents to just 90.3 points per game on a league-best 42.0 percent shooting mark, the Celtics are averaging nearly ten points per game less in the playoffs, though their defense has actually improved with the slower pace of the postseason. The Celtics are averaging 90.9 points per game in the playoffs on 44.5 percent shooting while allowing just 86.8 per game on 41.9 percent shooting in the postseason.
The Detroit Pistons, who are +800 to win the NBA Championship in the Our best Sportsbooks, (59-23 SU, 45-36-1 ATS, 36-45 O/U) averaged 97.5 points per game on 45.8 percent shooting while allowing just 90.1 points per contest on 43.7 percent shooting during the regular season while recording the league’s eight-best ATS record.
While Detroit’s scoring is also down on the offensive end of the floor in the postseason, (91.4 ppg) the team’s defense is as solid as ever as Detroit is allowing just 88.0 points per contest on 44.2 percent shooting.
The Pistons, (10-5 SU, 9-6 ATS, 5-10 O/U) have also been covering the online betting spread much better than their counterparts during the playoffs, posting a solid 9-6 ATS record in 15 postseason games so far.
While the Celtics have gone a dismal 2-7 against the spread in their last nine postseason contests, I genuinely believe they will advance to the NBA Finals simply because of their home-court advantage over the series’ final three games, though the Pistons have already proven they can win in anywhere.
While it would be silly to count the veteran Pistons out of this series with three games possible remaining, I am not fond of Detroit’s inability to occasionally play without any emotion whatsoever – even at home.
No matter which team advances to the NBA Finals, I firmly believe that either club will have an excellent chance at winning it all, (though the Celtics have a better chance with home-court advantage throughout the postseason), because of their respective defenses, which are ranked first, (Boston) and third, (Detroit) respectively in the playoffs.
I also have to believe that Boston’s first road victory in the postseason over the Pistons in Game 3, will give this team the confidence and impetus to win at least one more online betting road contest in the finals against either the Lakers or Spurs and possibly Game 6 against Detroit.
While Boston has struggled to cover the spread, both, at home and on the road, ever since the first round concluded, I believe Boston’s defensive greatness will allow them to cover the NBA wagering spread in at least one or two more basketball betting road contests before the postseason is over, (particularly if they meet the low-scoring, defensive-minded Spurs).
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