Handicapping Game One of the 2010 NBA Finals: Look For “Foul” Play

The Celtics and the Lakers tip off on Thursday night for Game One of the NBA Finals. Game One is one of the most crucial games in the playoffs because it sets the tone for the rest of the series. History has shown us that the winner of the first game usually extends their success into the following games.

I looked over the numbers and I have found a best bet for game one. 

Latest Line: The latest line at Brobury Sports has the Lakers at -5.5 and the total set at 192.

The line is set as expected for the finals, and with borderline even action on both sides I don’t expect too much movement either way before game time. 



The home-court does not matter too much in this series since both squads play well on the road. Also, the road team has won three of the last four meetings. 

This is a rivalry that both teams are determined to win.

Both teams are dealing with injuries. It has been noted that Rajon Rondo will play, although he is not one hundred percent. Andrew Bynum is not doing much better with his knee but he will also be on the floor. 

When it comes to the Finals, you can expect players to suit up unless they are dead.

Kobe Bryant will be defended by Ray Allen and spelled with Tony Allen when Ray hits the bench. Paul Pierce will go up against Ron Artest in what will have to be the best battle on the court to watch. Regardless of the outcome, we can expect a good game on Thursday night.

Best Bet: Play over the posted 192 total points.  

Play the Over 192

All we have heard leading up to this series is how the Celtics out-manned the Lakers and pushed them around as they won in 2008. This does not sit well with the Lakers, and I look for them to play tough, physical basketball right from the tip. 

This means on offense they will drive the lane and p...

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