The Boston Celtics took a 1-0 series lead with a 98-88 win over the Los Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Celtics look to jump out to a 2-0 lead when they host the Lakers again Sunday night. Check out top trends, news and notes below and get live odds from sportsbook Bodog.
LA LAKERS (69 - 29) at BOSTON (79 - 24)
Top Trends for this game.
BOSTON is 62-40 ATS (+18.0 Units) in all games this season.
BOSTON is 49-32 ATS (+13.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
BOSTON is 32-20 ATS (+10.0 Units) in home games this season.
BOSTON is 20-11 ATS (+7.9 Units) in non-conference games this season.
BOSTON is 34-17 ATS (+15.3 Units) after a win by 10 points or more this season.
BOSTON is 30-18 ATS (+10.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
BOSTON is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in home games versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
LA LAKERS are 57-39 ATS (+14.1 Units) in all games this season.
LA LAKERS are 40-25 ATS (+12.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
LA LAKERS are 31-16 ATS (+13.4 Units) in road games this season.
LA LAKERS are 14-6 ATS (+7.4 Units) in road games revenging a loss vs opponent this season.
Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 4-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 4-3 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
4 of 7 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
Tips and Trends
Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics [ABC | 9 PM ET]
Lakers (-1, O/U 190.5):NBA MVP Kobe Bryant continued his struggles against the Boston defense in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, making just 9-of-26 shots from the field in scoring 24 points. Bryant has now made only 33 percent of his shots in three meetings with the Celtics (24-of-72). The Lakers also struggled as a team shooting from beyond the 3-point arc, hitting 3-of-14. Bryant's ability to drive to the hoop and draw double teams enables his teammates to get open for 3-point attempts, and he settled himself for perimeter shots too much. Insiders expect Bryant to be a lot more aggressive going to the basket in Game 2, especially with Boston's Kendrick Perkins suffering from an ankle injury. This should result in more open shots for teammates and free throws.
Lakers are 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
The UNDER is 7-2 in LA's last 9 road games.
The UNDER is 7-1 in LA's last 8 games as an underdog.
Key Injuries - NONE
Celtics: Boston leading scorer Paul Pierce feels blessed that he was able to return in the third quarter of Game 1 after suffering what looked to be a serious knee injury, which ended up being a turning point for his team. The Celtics rallied behind Pierce's departure when he had to be carried out of the game and then fed off the energy created by his return en route to the victory. ?The thing about it, a lot of it was going through my mind, and I was like, man, it can?t be over like this," Pierce said. "You know, I think God just sent this angel down and said, ?Hey, you?re going to be all right. You need to get back out there. Show them what you?ve got.??
Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. Pacific Division.
Celtics are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
Celtics are 13-5 ATS in their last 18 home games.
Key Injuries - F Paul Pierce (19.6 ppg; knee) is questionable.
G Tony Allen (6.6 ppg; Achilles') is doubtful.