The New York Knicks will look put the Boston Celtics on the stave of elimination as they meeting in Game three of their best of seven NBA playoff series in a pro basketball game on Friday night. Tip off time from Boston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The odds from this game three of this NBA playoff series has the home team Boston Celtics favored by -3 points with an over under line of 183 ½ points. There has been no line movement in this game three since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The Knicks took a 2-0 series lead in this Eastern conference best of seven playoff series after an 87-71 home victory against the Boston Celtics as a -6 ½ point betting favorite. The game finished under 185 ½ points.
New York overcame a six point half time deficit as they outscored Boston in the third quarter 32-11. They held the Celtics to just 23 second half points and New York clamps the Boston offense once again like they did in game one. The Knicks shot 42.1% from the floor and made 7 of 19 three pointers. They pulled down five more rebounds than Boston and made 16 of 22 free throws. Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 34 points and four boards as he made 11 of his 24 shots. Sixth man J.R. Smith scored 19 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Tyson Chandler has been quiet in this series with three points total and ten rebounds in the two games. Towards the end of the season we began seeing the Knicks play the type of defense they did to open the season. They are seventh in the NBA in scoring defense as they hold teams to just 95.7 points a game.
It was the second straight game where the Celtics were held to under 80 points. They are averaging just 74 ½ points a game in this series with New York. They scored 25 second half points in game one and 23 points in the second half in game two. They shoot just 37.1% from the floor and made 5 of 19 three pointers. Boston got to the free throw line 18 times and converted on 14 shots. Paul Pierce led Boston with 18 points and six assists as he connected on 8 of 19 of his shots. Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Boston needs more help from the supporting cast behind Garnett and Pierce. No one has stepped up their game in this playoff series. Boston’s lack of size behind Garnett has been an issue on the glass by Boston this season. The Celtics are 29th and second worst in the NBA in rebounds on the year.