Basketball betting fans will have an outstanding matchup that could prove to be one of the most even and intense in the first round of action with the NBA playoffs odds.
The New York Knicks will host the Boston Celtics on Sunday from Madison Square Garden with a starting time of 3:30 PM ET and a telecast on ABC. Sports Gambling will have side and total odds on this Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup so be sure to open your account and have it ready for action.
Boston had an overall record of 56-26 straight up and was the number 3 seed in the Eastern Conference after stumbling badly down the stretch. The big basketball gambling concern about Boston is their overall team age and the fear that their players are being worn down by the grind of the NBA season.
Boston was the top ranked defensive team in the NBA but their offense slipped to 23rd in the league for scoring. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 18.9 points per game while Rajon Rondo had 11.2 assists per outing. Kevin Garnett was the top rebounder with 8.9 per game. Boston paid out in just 5 of their last 13 regular season games.
New York was 42-40 straight up on the season and is one of the most dangerous offensive teams in NBA playoffs betting as they ranked 2nd in the league for scoring offense. Amare Stoudemire led New York with 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
The Knicks went over the total in 24 out of 41 home games. Carmelo Anthony has been highly productive since arriving from Denver as he had 26.3 points per game. Chauncey Billups remains questionable with a knee issue.
Heading into this playoff series the Knicks had gotten the cash in just 7 of their last 20 games against the Celtics with 3 of the last 4 meetings between the teams going over the total.
New York has had the better of it at home recently however with 4 payouts in their last 6 games against the Celtics at Madison Square Garden with 3 of the last 5 matchups in New York between these two teams going over the basketball betting total.