Game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals tips off tonight at 9:05 p.m. ET between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Lakers, so let’s preview the game and hand out a free pick.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have made the Lakers 6-point home favorites for their game tonight against the Magic. The over/under total has also been set at 206.
The Magic are 61-40 against the spread this season and 71-30 straight up, while the Lakers are 51-48 against the spread and 77-23 straight up.
The trends favor Orlando in this matchup as the Magic are 3-0 against the spread versus the Lakers over the last three seasons. They’re also 2-1 straight up against L.A. over the last three seasons, while 2 of 3 games in this series have gone under the total over the last three years.
Both teams are well rested coming into this series, so fatigue won’t be an issue for either. When handicapping this game, we like the fact that the Magic played incredibly well on the road in their previous series with the Cavs, while the Lakers struggled a bit (at least in terms of covering the spread) at home against the Nuggets.
That said, we love getting +6 points in this Game 1 matchup and we suggest taking the underdog in what should be a tight game throughout. The Lakers better have an answer for Dwight Howard, because Cleveland sure didn’t.
Our free pick for this NBA Finals Game 1 matchup is Orlando +6.
Posted: 6/4/09 12:00PM ET