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NBA Playoffs: Game 1 - New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Odds

Boston is a 6-point favorite with a total of 197 at SBG Global.com.The most intriguing first round playoff series gets underway on Sunday night in Boston as the Celtics host the New York Knicks.  It is a matchup of star power as the Knicks have Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire while the Celtics have the big three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. 

Boston is a 6-point favorite with a total of 197 at SBG Global.

Each of these teams comes into the playoffs with different mindsets. The Knicks have played very well down the stretch and now believe they can win while the Celtics have struggled.  New York has the high powered offense while the Celtics have the stingy defense so this series is going to be all about who imposes their will.  One of the key matchups is going to come at point guard with Chauncey Billups going up against Rajon Rondo. Both players are capable of having big games but they both are very inconsistent. Rondo has not played very well since Kendrick Perkins, reported to be his best friend, was traded to Oklahoma City.  The entire Boston team hasn’t really played well since they lost Perkins.  When Rondo plays well the Celtics win, as they are 36-6 when he has at least 10 assists in a game. They are 11-15 when he has nine assists or less.  This series could come down to how well Rondo plays against the slower Chauncey Billups.  If Billups is able to hold his own against Rondo the Celtics are in serious trouble.

Two other matchups that will be fun to watch are Carmelo Anthony going up against Paul Pierce and Amar’e Stoudemire against Kevin Garnett.  Stoudemire averaged 27.3 points per game this season against the Celtics while Garnett averaged 22.7 points.

Here are the betting stats for Sunday’s game. In this series, the Knicks are 2-6-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Boston. The Knicks are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games as a road underdog. The Knicks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. the Atlantic. The Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite. The Celtics are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. the Atlantic.

The Under is 5-2 in the Knicks last 7 road games. The Under is 13-3-1 in the Celtics last 17 games as a favorite. The Under is 6-2 in the Celtics last 8 home games. In this series, the Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Boston.

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