The Boston Celtics can close out the NBA Finals and become champions Sunday night when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Below are tips and trends for Game 5. Also, get live odds from sportsbook Bodog.
Boston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games when playing LA Lakers
Boston is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games when playing LA Lakers
Boston is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Boston's last 13 games when playing on the road against LA Lakers
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
LA Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 17-6 SU in their last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the LA Lakers last 9 games
LA Lakers are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games at home
LA Lakers are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games at home
LA Lakers are 15-1 SU in their last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games at home
LA Lakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games when playing Boston
LA Lakers are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing Boston
LA Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of the LA Lakers last 13 games when playing at home against Boston
Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers [ABC | 9 PM ET]
Celtics: Boston is definitely proving that defense wins championships, although the team's job isn't done yet. The Celtics had outrebounded an opponent in eight straight games until Game 4 on Thursday, as the Lakers held a 41-40 edge. With center Kendrick Perkins and point guard Rajon Rondo still nursing injuries, they must find a way to continue their stellar defense if they hope to close out this series in LA. If they can do that, Paul Pierce and his teammates will finally get to celebrate an NBA championship, which would be extra sweet for him considering he grew up in Inglewood. I think I was too hyped for (Game 3), Pierce said. I think I got caught up in the opportunity of playing at home and having a chance to go up 3-0 in the series. Ive got to calm down if I want to do well here.
Celtics are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The UNDER is 7-0 in Boston's last 7 road games.
Key Injuries - G Rajon Rondo (10.6 ppg; sprained ankle) is questionable.
C Kendrick Perkins (6.9 ppg; shoulder) is questionable.
Lakers (-7, O/U 190.5): While no team has ever come back from being down 3-1 in the NBA Finals (0-for-28), half of those teams did bounce back in Game 5 to force at least a Game 6. This could be Phil Jackson's toughest coaching job ever, trying to convince his team that this series is not over. Im a realist; it happened,? Jackson said. It is what it is. At the same time, there are a lot of positive things that we did.? Of course he was referring to his team's historic collapse, building the biggest first-quarter lead ever in the NBA Finals only to watch it all slip away. LA star Kobe Bryant took another approach. Whine about it tonight," he said. "A lot of wine, a lot of beer, a couple shots - maybe 20 of them. Digest it. Get back to work (Friday). Nothing you can do.
Lakers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a favorite.
The UNDER is 8-1 in LA's last 9 games overall.
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