Celtics vs Knicks NBA tip
It’s the Good Friday and Madison Square Garden is finally open again for NBA playoff games. We’re back in business with another free NBA tip for the 3rd match of the series, Boston won 2 home games and they lead 2-0.
More recently, it’s been a good place for his Boston teammates to show off.Paul Pierce knocked down the tiebreaking shot with 0.4 seconds left in the Celtics’ 118-116 victory back in December, two months after hitting a tiebreaking shot here in a preseason game with 8 seconds to go. Kevin Garnett beat the overtime buzzer with a jumper to give Boston a 107-105 victory on Nov. 22, 2009.Both matches in Boston were very close and the Knicks had their chances to win it but choked in the end. One thing was very clear in those 2: Boston’s greatest advantage is their coach. Doc Rivers did an amazing job, drew great plays when it mattered most and outsmarted D’Antoni in every aspect of the game.
The Knicks sent much of their core to Denver in the February deal that brought Anthony and Billups from the Nuggets, believing together with Stoudemire that duo would make the Knicks a solid first-round threat.
The Knicks obviously have no answer for Boston, they lost 9 of last 10 including 6 in a row as well as 3 of last 4 home games. Their last meeting in New York was particularly interesting, New York had a 14-point lead at HT, 6 point lead at the end of 3rd quarter and yet they managed to lose by 10.
Chauncey Billups is injured and probably won’t play tonight, Amare Stoudemire had back spasms and only played 17 minutes in game #2 but he is expected to start. Still, without Billups their only real PG is Toney Douglas and he can’t be as productive as Chauncey.
Celtics don’t have any major injuries, Shaq is out for a while but he is with a team and might even play in one of 2 games in NY but they don’t need to rush him.
A few NBA trends to consider :
Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.
Knicks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games.
Celtics are 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings in New York.
Tonight’s free NBA tip is: Take Boston +3 @ 1,91 at Sportsinteraction