Celtics vs. Knicks Game 5 Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Knicks as 9-point favorites over the Celtics, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 182 points. While New York has a 3-1 series lead on Boston, the Knicks and Celtics have split when it comes to covering the spread.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Knicks opened as 8-point favorites but that spread has been bet up to 9 at most sports books, while the total has gone from 183 down to 181.5 at the majority of online and Vegas books.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 70% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Knicks. 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 New York. According to latest NBA trends, Boston is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. New York is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss, 16-5 ATS in their last 21 vs. Eastern Conference, 22-8 ATS in their last 30 games overall and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Boston (42-43 SU, 38-44-3 ATS, 43-41-1 O/U) forced a Game 5 as they needed overtime to beat the Knicks, who were without J.R. Smith, who was suspended. The Knicks (57-29 SU, 48-36-2 ATS, 40-44-2 O/U) look to finish off the Celtics as no team has ever come back from 3-0 down to win an NBA playoff series. Carmelo Anthony took 35 shots without Smith in the last game because he was the only option although Ray Felton had 27 points. The Knicks forced overtime after being down 20 points in the third quarter. They turned on the defense and once again, the Celtics fell apart in the third quarter. Boston is averaging just 77.3 points in regulation this series and they have struggled in the second half, having scored more than 30 points in just one of the four games. The Knicks should pull away in the second half to take their first series in nearly 15 years. Boston visits Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks at 7pmET on Wednesday night.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: NEW YORK KNICKS -9