Celtics in hole against the Knicks
The Boston Celtics find themselves in a 1-0 series hole in their first-round NBA betting series against the New York Knicks as those two teams prepare to meet in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Carmelo Anthony poured in 36 points in Game 1 of the series on Saturday afternoon as the Knicks grabbed an 85-78 victory and a 1-0 series lead as a home favorite. Jeff Green scored a team-high 26 points for the Celtics in that weekend defeat.
The Celtics will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 37-41-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Knicks are 46-35-1 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Boston is 42-38-1 on the totals; New York is 40-40-2.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 9-rated Knicks and the No. 18-rated Celtics in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 101-97 win for the Knicks on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 26-rated squad against Boston's No. 29-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 10.9 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 25 with 6.1 per outing.
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 99.5 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 9 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Boston, they were an 85-78 loser as they battled the Knicks on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog, while 163 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics wasted a 26-point performance from Jeff Green as New York ran past them 85-78 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 7-3
After playing New York are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Boston are 5-5
After playing Boston are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
A few Celtics at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing New York
Boston is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games when playing on the road against New York
New York is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
New York is 17-2 SU in its last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games at home
New York is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston home to New York, Friday, April 26
New York at Boston, Friday, April 26