The 2013 NBA Playoffs continue Friday night as the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics resume their series with Game 3 in Boston.
The Knicks head into Boston after totally dominating Games 1 and 2 in Madison Square Garden. Carmelo Anthony has been unstoppable, scoring 70 points in two games, but the story has been the Knicks’ defense. The Celtics are dead last in points this playoffs with 74.5, the second lowest beats them by 10.5 points (Lakers 85.0). The Knicks have allowed a total of 48 points in the both second halves of the first two games combined. If they keep this up, they will fly through Boston and be a legit title contender. Let’s give you what you need to know for Game 3.
When: Friday, April 26th at 8:00
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
Watch: ESPN, MSG
Betting Line: Boston (-2.5)
Key Matchup: Knicks vs. Boston Crowd
You can’t put a stat or a number on how much this games means to the people of Boston. The Boston bombings were over a week ago but this will be the Celtics first home game since, and we know how much this franchise means to the city. Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are reflections of their city – hardnosed and gritty players who always have a fierce energy. You know emotions will be running high when the Celtics take the court and the pregame ceremonies will have chills running up everybody’s spines.
Without the emotional factor, the Knicks are hands down the better team. The Celtics simply do not have the talent and scoring capability to keep up with Carmelo and the Knicks. If the Knicks can settle down quickly and take the crowd out of it, they shouldn’t have many problems in Game 3. Anthony is just too much for any Celtic to handle. The Knicks are playing their best ball at the right time, and it’s hard to pick against them here. The home crowd will be a huge factor, but the Knicks are simply the better team.
Prediction: Knicks 89, Celtics 80