Celtics vs. Knicks Game 1 Free Pick
LINE MOVEMENT: The Knicks opened as 7.5-point favorites over the Celtics and that's where the line currently sits at the majority of both online and Vegas sports books, although some places still list New York at -7. As for the total, it opened at 192.5 and has been bet down to 189.5.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 52% of NBA public bettors currently favor the X. 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: 2-5 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU loss of more than 10 points. 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic.
New York is: 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game, 14-3 ATS in their last 17 vs. Eastern Conference, 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games following a S.U. win.
20-6 ATS in their last 26 games overall, 18-6 ATS in their last 24 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS last 5 in series.
Boston (41-40 SU, 36-43-2 ATS, 42-38-1 O/U) was just 14-27 straight up on the road this year. They ended the season, losing three of their last four. They only covered three of their last nine games. New York (54-26 SU, 46-34-2 ATS, 39-41-2 O/U) has won three of their last four and covered eight of their last 10. Boston has their hands full trying to defend Carmelo Anthony, who is playing power forward. If they put Kevin Garnett on him, he'll get in foul trouble. Anthony is too big for Paul Pierce and too quick for Brandon Bass. Anthony averaged 25.3 points in four games against Boston. Guard J.R. Smith put up five 30-point games during their 13-game winning streak, including 32 in a 100-85 win over Boston on March 26 at TD Garden. The Knicks have a bigger advantage at the point, where Ray Felton will be defended by Avery Bradley. Felton is too quick for Bradley and a much better matchup would have been if Rajon Rondo (ACL) was healthy enough to play. But he's out for the year and the Celtics have to use a combination of Jason Terry, Bradley and Jordan Crawford in the backcourt.The Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden in New York to face the Knicks at 3pmET (ABC) in the first game of the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: NEW YORK KNICKS -7.5