NBA Pick: Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks Preview
With a division title potentially hanging in the balance, the Boston Celtics will head to the Big Apple on Tuesday, April 17th in NBA betting action to take on the New York Knicks.
The Celtics had a great day over the weekend, extending their lead in the Atlantic Division up to four games over the Philadelphia 76ers and 4.5 over the Knicks. Now, they are in a great spot to be able to lock up the division title this week. About the only matter left to decide is whether Boston will be able to run down the Indiana Pacers, who are 2.5 games ahead of it going into play on Monday for the No. 3 seed in the conference. The man that has done a lot of damage for the C’s of late has been Kevin Garnett. Defensively, things have seemed to fall right into place for them since moving Garnett to center, and the veteran has thrived in this position, especially against some of the smaller teams in the Eastern Conference. Double-doubles are becoming regular occurrences, and things are opening up for Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce to do damage both on the inside and on the outside on the other end of the court as well. There aren’t many teams in the league playing better ball than Boston is at the moment.
Carmelo Anthony had another fantastic against the Miami Heat over the weekend, coming up with 42 points, nine boards, and five assists. That being said, the rest of the team just didn’t show up to play for the night. JR Smith had 16 points, but no one else had more than nine. Amare Stoudemire continues to sit out of the lineup, and that is really hurting the rotation of big men in the paint. Matters are really up to just Tyson Chandler, who is having quite the efficient season on both sides of the court. However, in order to win this one, the guards are going to have to show up. Iman Shumpert and Baron Davis combined to play over 60 minutes and had just two made shots and a total of nine assists against six turnovers between them. That isn’t going to get the job done, to say the least. New York has just two games on the Milwaukee Bucks for the last playoff spot. The number of games are dwindling, and the Knicks are likely to be okay, but it isn’t a guarantee yet, and the faithful here at MSG have to be getting worried.
The Final Word: As we saw Sunday against the Heat, it is going to take more than just seeing Melo go off for 40+ in a game for the Knicks to beat the best teams in the league. Boston is playing well and is going to want to remove any potential doubt that might be remaining over its clamp on the Atlantic Division, and it will go on the road and take care of New York’s chances on Tuesday night.
Boston Celtics @ New York Knicks Free Pick: Boston Celtics