Matchup: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
Date/Time: May 1st, 7:00 pm ET
Basketball Odds from BetDSI
Point Spread: Knicks -9
After finding a way to take Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals to stay alive, the Boston Celtics look to really turn up the heat on the New York Knicks in a pivotal Game 5 in NBA betting action at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night.
Has Boston found the fight in it to get back in this series? The overtime victory was a vital one over the weekend, as it kept the team alive and gave it a few days to focus on figuring out how to steal a game at Madison Square Garden. F Jeff Green and F Paul Pierce though, are really the only men carrying this team at times. Pierce is averaging 21.2 points per game, while Green is good for 20.8 points per game here in the postseason. Both are averaging 5.8 boards per game as well. F Kevin Garnett is cleaning up the glass, averaging 13.5 rebounds per game, but his 11.2 points per game is clearly off from what the boys from Beantown need if they are going to come back in this series. The bottom line though, is that no one is shooting the basketball all that well, knowing that KG is the leading shooter on the team at 43.9 percent through four games.
The Knicks didn’t win Game 4, but they had every opportunity in the world to do so. They didn’t have G JR Smith for the game after he threw an elbow in Game 3, a suspension that was well warranted, and as a result, the bench turned out to be awful. G Raymond Felton stepped up his scoring game to get the job done, but there was clearly no replacement for the 16.3 points per game and the sharpshooting that Smith brings to the table. F Carmelo Anthony is now averaging 33.0 points per game in this series, and he has reached at least 30 in three of the four games. The question is whether anyone aside from these three can step it up and get some points on the board. G Iman Shumpert is the fourth leading scorer on the club here in the second season, but he is averaging just 6.2 points per game. C Tyson Chandler is contributing even less at just 3.5 points per game, and he is a man that Head Coach Mike Woodson expects more production out of offensively.
Smith came out after Game 4 and said that if he had played in the game, the Knicks would have won. He might be right, but he isn’t known as a defensive stopper by any stretch of the imagination, and that was really what the problem was in the game. Boston has a taste of victory, and it might be good enough to sneak out another ‘W’ in this one to get the Knicks believing that perhaps they could choke this series away. We want the points. Boston 91 – New York 88
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