Celtics vs. Knicks Game 2 Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Knicks are 7-point favorites over the Celtics, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 185.5 points. On Saturday New York beat Boston 85-78, but the Knicks failed to cover as a 7.5-point favorite.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Knicks opened as 6.5-point favorites but the spread has been bet up to 7 points at the majority of online and Vegas sports books. As for the total, it opened at 186 and has been bet down to 185.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 61% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Celtics. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take the under. According to latest NBA trends, Boston is 0-4 Under last 4 vs. a team with a winning SU record, 1-5 Under last 6 on Tuesday, 3-9 Under last 12 Conference quarterfinal games and 0-4 last 4 on the under bet vs. Knicks. New York is: 0-4 Under last 4 on the under bet following an ATS loss, 1-5 Under last 6 at home and 2-5 Under last 7 Conference quarterfinal games.
In their last four matchups, all four have gone under the total bet. The New York Knicks are looking to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first round. They have to get by the aging but experienced Boston Celtics, who want to grind this game out. The Celtics' defense was fine on Saturday. They held the Knicks to 40.5 percent shooting from the field and forced Carmelo Anthony into 13-of-29 shooting. The problem was their offense, which scored just 25 points in the second half and set a franchise record for fewest points in a quarter in a playoff game with eight. The Celtics also got nothing from guards Jason Terry (0-5, 0 points) and Jordan Crawford (0 points) off the bench. New York allowed 53 points in the first half, but put the clamps down over the final 24 minutes. In the fourth, Boston made three baskets, committed eight turnovers and shot 27 percent. This will be another grind-it-out, half court game that will go under the total bet.The Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden in New York City at 8pmET (TNT) in the second game of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: KNICKS/CELTICS UNDER 185.5