To give you an idea on how much punters rank home court advantage in this NBA final, check out the latest odds on Game 3.
As of 1 p.m., Boston--the team leading 2-0 remember--nets you 5.7 in straight play--meaning that you would win $57 on a $10 bet. If you want to play the handicap you would lay 9.5 points on the Lakers.
I'm not sure I'd take the odds, which says something about the NBA and the idiotic 2-3-2 system in the finals. It's 2008. You can fly from Boston to L.A. pretty easy. There is no reason not to go back to the more logical 2-2-1-1-1.
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