Matchup: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics
Date/Time: Friday, April 26, 2013 8 p.m. (ET)
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Odds: Boston -3
The Knicks came into the playoffs as one of the hottest teams in the league with a 16-2 straight-up run to close-out the regular season. They were also extremely profitable to wager on during this run with a 15-3 record against the spread. New York did not take its foot of the gas for a minute in this series with an 85-78 victory in Game 1 as a 7.5-point home favorite followed by a dominating 87-71 rout on Tuesday night as a 6.5-point favorite. The total stayed UNDER in both of these games.
With Carmelo Anthony leading the way with a NBA-best 28.7 points a game, the Knicks averaged 100 points a game this season. While they have come anywhere near this total in the first two games, they have relied on a smothering defense to take the 2-0 series edge. New York ended the regular season ranked seventh in the NBA in points allowed (95.7) and has been able to take things up a notch or two against their Atlantic Division rivals.
Many so-called experts were expecting this series to go the distance primarily because of Boston’s past performance in the playoffs, not its current form. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have tried to reach down into that old bag of tricks to pull out some of that postseason magic, but so far they have come up empty. This team is suddenly starting to look its age as it is getting beat soundly in every phase of the game.
Pierce has put up 19.5 points a game and Jeff Green has done his best to keep things close with an average of 18 points a game, but considering that the Celtics have yet to cross the 80-point mark in either of the first two games, they need a much bigger effort from the rest of the lineup. Overall, Boston is shooting just 39.3 percent from the field as compared to a regular-season average of 46.5 percent.
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New York comes into Game 3 with a 6-1 straight-up (5-2 ATS) record in its last six outings against the Celtics and it is not about to take its foot off its rival’s throat on Friday night. Boston will put forth a much better effort in front of the home-town crowd but it still will not be enough to keep from falling into that dreaded 0-3 hole.
New York 94 Boston 89
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