The Lakers are listed as 6.5-point favorites with the Total set at 210.5 but a few of their key players are less than 100 percent.
According to the Los Angeles Times both Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum are suffering from right knee-related injuries.
“Bryant recently had a significant amount of fluid drained from his swollen right knee,” says a Times report, which also goes on to say that Kobe hasn't practiced since the Lakers' West semifinal sweep of the Utah Jazz.
The torn cartilage in Bynum's right knee is said to be “getting worse” after a Saturday scrimmage but Lakers coach Phil Jackson told the Times, “[Bynum] played well [during Saturday's scrimmage] and we're hopeful that he's going to be at that level.”
The Lakers have been Jekyll and Hyde-like in their last 20 games at the STAPLES Center, going 16-4 straight up but going 6-13-1 against the spread at the same time.
The Lakers are also 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games vs. the Phoenix Suns.
Los Angeles is also favored to win the series in series price betting — they are favored at -335 while the Suns are +267 underdogs.
The Boston Celtics defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of their East semifinal by a final score of 94-85, covering as a 1.5-point favorite.
Boston now moves on to play the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference Final and series prices are now available, with the Celtics listed at +220 and the Magic at -260.
Game 1 goes in Orlando on Sunday and a line and Total will be forthcoming.
In their last 13 games against the Boston Celtics overall, the Orlando Magic are 9-4 straight up and in their last 14 overall against the green and white, there have been 3 Overs and 11 Unders.
The Magic have been kind to their supporters the last 13 times they've hosted the Celtics, going 10-3 straight up and in their last 12 home games against Boston, there have been 3 Overs and 9 Unders.
Over in the Western Conference, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will take on Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns with L.A. favored by -350 to take the series with Phoenix a +275 underdog.
Game 1 of the West final goes on Monday at the STAPLES Center with the Lakers favored by 6-points and the Total set at 210.5.
In the last 12 overall games between the two, the Lakers have had the edge, going 9-3 SU and 8-4 ATS and the purple and gold have also been better in their last 12 when hosting the Suns, going 10-3 SU and 9-4 ATS.
However, in the Phoenix Suns' last 20 games when listed as an underdog of 6-points or less, they are 14-6 ATS.
Suffering from an elbow injury, Cleveland Cavalier star LeBron James says he won't be fully healed until after the season ends.
Fortunately for the Cavs, James went through an entire practice on Thursday without his problem right elbow acting up.
“It could be a recurring thing through the whole playoffs,” James told the AP.
“If we continue to win and continue to be in the playoffs it could be a recurrence, and it may not be better until the offseason.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently knotted at 1-1 in their Eastern Conference semifinal with the Boston Celtics and go into tonight's Game 3 listed as a slight 1-point road fave with the Total set at 191.
Despite two-time defending NBA MVP James being less than 100 percent, the Cavaliers are still favored to win the series, currently listed at -245; the Celtics are +205 underdogs.
The Cavs have been a study in polar opposites in their last 10 games in the “Gah-den” with a record of 1-9 straight up but a record of 7-3 against the spread at the same time.
The Cavaliers are also 7-3 SU and 6-3-1 ATS in their last 10 games when favored by 2-points or less and in their last 20 with the same line range, there have been 14 Overs and 6 Unders.
In Boston's last eight games at home, there have been 6 Overs and 2 Unders.
Cavs forward Anderson Varejao is also hurting but X-rays and an MRI came back negative and he is said to be only suffering from back spasms — he's listed as day-to-day and will reportedly be good to go for tonight's game.
It's been quite an interesting hockey betting series so far between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Montreal Canadiens. The series is tied at 1, and Sports Betting believes that game 3 tonight will be a very exciting NHL betting outcome as well.
Montreal won a close game 2 with a 3-1 win, making NHL odds bettors who took the under very happy. The Penguins got no production from Sydney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin and so the result was not good. As for Montreal, they're making NHL prop betting experts very happy, especially when Mike Cammalleri steps up ad performs like he did in game 2 (two goals).
Sports Betting has the Penguins favored at -170 on the moneyline, with Montreal a moneyline underdog at +150. The NHL total betting line is set at 5.5. We believe this will be a close game. While the Pens have a winning NHL betting record on the road in the postseason, Montreal is 1-2 at home in the postseason so far. However, they did win their last home game.
Montreal has lost their best defenseman Andre Markov indefinitely, but rookie P.K. Subban has stepped in admirably thus far, having been called up recently. He logged over 23 minutes last game and has three points in four games so far.
Also on the injury front, Pittsburgh is missing Jordan Staal indefinitely. He is a key penalty killer and face-off man, and hockey wagering analysts think his loss has hurt the Pens more than most believe.
We recommend to bet on the Canadiens on the moneyline and to take under 5.5 total. The odds are that if Montreal wins this game, it will be with a lot of shot-blocking and defense, and that means a low total.
One x-factor here is the crowd. Montreal's crowd is always full, but they have had games of being raucous for 10 minutes then silent, and they have had games of being electric for 60 minutes. If Pittsburgh can take the crowd out early with the opening goal, it could be a long game for the Canadiens. However, if the crowd feeds of Montreal scoring first, then betting on the Canadiens looks like a winning proposition.