Knicks look to sweep away Celtics
The New York Knicks hold a 3-0 series lead on the Boston Celtics as those teams get ready to play Game 4 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series at TD Garden on Sunday afternoon.
The Knicks cruised to a 90-76 win over the Celtics as a 2.5-point road underdog on the NBA betting odds at the sportsbooks in Game 3 of the set on Friday night. Carmelo Anthony poured in a team-high 26 points for New York that day.
Boston battles the Knicks, currently with a 54-28 mark (46-35-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 42-38-1 for the Celtics and 40-40-2 for the Knicks. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Celtics sit at No. 18 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Knicks are at No. 9 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Knicks will win this game 101-97.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 29-rated squad against New York's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 25 in the league with 6.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 1 with 10.9 per outing.
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 10-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.4 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
The Knicks were a 90-76 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Celtics. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (166) made winners of UNDER bettors. Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points for New York on Friday, leading the Knicks to a 90-76 victory over Boston at TD Garden.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Boston are 7-3
After playing Boston are 6-4
After a win are 8-2
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing New York are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Knicks at Celtics trends to consider:
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Boston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 5 games when playing Boston
New York is 19-2 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 5 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against New York
Boston is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against New York
Boston is 14-5 SU in its last 19 games at home
New York home to Boston, Wednesday, May 1
Boston at New York, Wednesday, May 1