Florida, (PressExposure) May 21, 2009 -- The sports betting world was tuned in to the Staples Center in LA on Tuesday night, as Game 1 of the Western Conference Final in the NBA playoffs tipped off.
The NBA odds at online sportsbook SPORTSBETTING.com had the Denver Nuggets listed as a 6.5-point underdog all day before the line moved to +7 by game time. Right from the opening minutes it was clear the Nuggets were going to be a tough opponent for the Lakers to deal with. They came out hard and had more energy than LA for the first part of the match.
It was clear that Denver bettors were going to have a good night, as LA constantly had to battle to stay close. But in the end, the Lakers weren't able to payoff for those who bet on them. They did win with some heroics late in the game by Kobe Bryant, but they only won by two (105-103) but did not cover the spread.
Those of you who are into sports betting and looking at the NBA odds for playoff betting on Game 2, obviously the big question is who will cover the points in this next game. I was looking at some great sports betting information at the SB blog, talking about the games.
Personally, I think Denver just played their best road game and although they didn't win, again, for sports betting purposes, they did their job by covering the spread. Can they cover the spread in this next game? The NBA line is currently sitting at the Lakers as 5.5-point favorites at SPORTSBETTING.com.
Star Carmelo Anthony, who had been averaging under 15 points per game against LA in regular season matchups, came out and proved that he can and will be a big-time playoff performer. "Melo" scored 39 points, but it still wasn't quite enough. As well, Kobe outdid him by one, scoring 40 points.
This should be another great game, but if Denver doesn't come out with the same energy and same focus, it is going to be tough to stay within the pointspread. The Lakers are 7-1 straight up so far at home in the playoffs. I see them winning this game to go to 2-0 and I don't think it will be as close as Game 1. The Lakers got their scare and now they should look after business in this next game. They might lose out on the road when they go to Denver, but the close call on Tuesday should inspire them to play hard from the start. So I'm going to put in an NBA bet in on the LA Lakers in Game 2, laying the -5.5 points. Over/Under betting: well, you are on your own as I don't have a feel for the Total at all.
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