6/12/08 NBA Finals Game 4: Celtics at Lakers Public Betting Trends Print
Written by Anthony Rome   
Thursday, 12 June 2008 08:48

After winning Game 3 at the Staples Center, the Los Angeles Lakers look to even up their best of seven series with the Boston Celtics as the NBA Finals marches on. Below are tips and trends for Game 4. Also, get live odds from sportsbook Bodog.

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Top Trends for this game:
LA LAKERS are 57-41 ATS (+11.9 Units) in all games this season.
LA LAKERS are 40-32 ATS (+4.8 Units) as a favorite this season.
BOSTON is 64-40 ATS (+20.0 Units) in all games this season.
BOSTON is 50-32 ATS (+14.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 31-20 ATS (+9.0 Units) in road games this season.
BOSTON is 23-12 ATS (+9.8 Units) in road games after a non-conference game over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 22-11 ATS (+9.9 Units) in non-conference games this season.
BOSTON is 52-39 ATS (+9.1 Units) revenging a loss vs opponent over the last 2 seasons.
BOSTON is 32-18 ATS (+12.2 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game this season.
BOSTON is 21-12 ATS (+7.8 Units) versus poor defensive teams - allowing 99+ points/game - 2nd half of the season this season.
 
Head-to-Head Series History
BOSTON is 6-3 against the spread versus LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
BOSTON is 5-4 straight up against LA LAKERS over the last 3 seasons
5 of 9 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Celtics: Two of Boston's "Big Three" struggled mightily in Game 3 with their shooting, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett combined to make just 8-of-35 shots from the field (23 percent). However, Ray Allen kept the Celtics in the game with a team-high 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Allen's defense on LA's Kobe Bryant has also been impressive despite the fact that he went off for a series-high 36 points. "He knows in order for us to win we have to play defense, and he?s drawn the challenge of guarding Kobe," Pierce said of Allen. "Regardless of what he?s done on the offensive end, he?s come to play this year defensively.?

Celtics are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games.
The UNDER is 6-0 in Boston's last 6 road games.

Key Injuries - G Rajon Rondo (10.6 ppg; sprained ankle) is probable.


Lakers (-7.5, O/U 191): LA has Bryant and Sasha Vujacic to thank for their performances in Game 3, leading the Lakers to an 87-81 victory. Vujacic has been Bryant's backup at shooting guard for most of the season but has played alongside him more and more late in games, with Bryant shifting to small forward. This has enabled Bryant to drive to the basket more and kick the ball out to an open teammate on the perimeter in Vujacic, who scored a career playoff-high 20 points. ?All the work that Sasha puts into his game - I?ve been here for three years and I?ve been watching him practice and coming here at night at shooting - that gives you the confidence," LA's Vladimir Radmanovic said.

Lakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
The UNDER is 7-1 in LA's last 8 games overall.

Key Injuries – NONE

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