BOSTON CELTICS (41-41) at NEW YORK KNICKS (55-28)
2013-04-23

Boston will be looking to even up the series at one game apiece when they play in New York on Tuesday.

The first game between these two teams on Saturday ended up in a sloppy 85-78 game in favor of the Knicks. They really clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and held the Celtics to just eight points in those final 12 minutes. The Knicks are now a sizzling-hot 17-2 SU (15-4 ATS) in their past 19 games, including 11 straight home wins (9-2 ATS) to improve their record at Madison Square Garden to 32-10 SU (25-17 ATS) this season. Boston is just 5-12 SU (7-10 ATS) in its past 17 games overall, and 14-28 SU (16-24-2 ATS) on the road this season.

The Celtics were up by as much as seven points in the third quarter of Game 1, but could not get anything going in the fourth quarter. PF Jeff Green was dominant in the first half of the game, but nowhere to be found in the second. He finished the game with 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks, but he had just six of those points in the second half. He will need to be aggressive for the entire game if Boston is going to upset New York. SF Paul Pierce also struggled in the second half, but played very well overall for the Celtics with 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes. But both Green and Pierce turned the ball over six times apiece, contributing heavily to the team's 20 miscues. Boston will need more scoring out of PF Kevin Garnett, who played well defensively (nine rebounds), but finished with just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting. PG Avery Bradley was on top of his game though, going 7-of-14 from the field with 15 points, four assists and three steals. The Celtics are going to need a lot more production from their bench as it combined for just four points, missing all seven FG attempts on Saturday. SG Jason Terry was 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-4 from three-point range in 20 horrible minutes.

The Knicks didnt play their best in Game 1, but they certainly will take the final result, which was a win over a tough division rival. SF Carmelo Anthony was hot in the first quarter, struggled in the second and third, and then heated up again in the fourth quarter for New York. He was hitting timely buckets when the Knicks need him and finished the game with 36 points (13-of-29 FG), six rebounds and four steals. He was focused defensively and played with tremendous effort. SG J.R. Smith went ice-cold from three-point range, going 1-for-7 on his way to a 7-of-19 shooting performance, but it is unlikely that Smith is that off again. New York was able to get only 20 minutes of playing time out of C Tyson Chandler, who took zero shots in the game after coming back from a bulging disc in his neck. Chandler said after the game that he was rusty, so look for him to improve in Game 2. The two difference makers on Saturday were veterans PG Jason Kidd and PF Kenyon Martin. Kidd finished the game with eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He also hit back-to-back threes in the third quarter to stop a very threatening Boston run. Martin was also magnificent off the bench, finishing with 10 points, nine rebounds (five offensive) and two blocks, including a huge swat on Jason Terry that had Madison Square Garden roaring.




Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Atlanta Hawks first round of the NBA playoffs
2010-04-23

In reality, the Milwaukee Bucks season may have ended before the club took the floor last Saturday in its playoff opener in A Apuestas Deportivas Online Bingo Play Slots Online in US tlanta. A late season injury to center Andrew Bogut has severely altered the makeup of one of the most improved squads in the league. This injury sent the basketball betting in a different direction. In Game 1, the absence of Bogut was immediately felt as the Hawks rolled to a 34-17 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The outlook didn't get better in the second quarter as the home squad took a 62-40 halftime lead. In the second half, the Bucks showed some life. Milwaukee cut the margin from the break in half to trail 81-70 entering the final period. While the Bucks were able to get the margin down to seven points in the final quarter, Atlanta was able to finish off the short-handed Milwaukee squad for a 102-92 victory. All five Hawks starters scored in double figures. Guard Joe Johnson led the balanced attack with 22 points. In defeat, rookie guard Brandon Jennings paced the Bucks with a dazzling 34-point effort. Without Bogut to protect the middle, the Hawks were able to shoot 54% from the field in the win. In Game 2 on Tuesday, Milwaukee kept the game tight throughout the first half to trail by only six points at intermission in a 52-46 contest. In the third quarter, Atlanta pulled away to lead by as many as 19 points before the Bucks cut the margin to 14 heading into the final quarter. Milwaukee pulled to within eight points in the fourth but ultimately suffered a 10-point defeat for the second straight game in a 96-86 Atlanta win. Johnson once again led the Hawks with 27 points. Guard John Salmons paced Milwaukee with 21 points while Jennings struggled in a 3-of-15 shooting night from the field. Now, the two squads will get a little break before Game 3 in Milwaukee on Saturday. After posting a 28-13 mark at home during the regular season, the Bucks will be seeking a boost from its home fans in a must win game with the NBA odds against them.


After posting a 17-24 record in the first half of the season, the Bucks weren't viewed as a viable playoff team by most people entering the second half of the season. In a surprise run, Milwaukee was one of the top squads in the league in the second half with a 29-12 mark. Salmons (20 points per game in 30 regular season games for Milwaukee) provided a major spark for the squad after being acquired from Chicago in the second half. Bogut (16 points, 10 rebounds per game during regular season) suffered a broken wrist just two weeks before the start of the postseason to derail some of the club's momentum. Jennings (16 points per game during regular season) had an up and down rookie campaign that was highlighted by a 55-point outburst against Golden State in his seventh NBA contest back in mid-November. Former Bulls head coach Scott Skiles has brought some toughness to the club that had been lacking. 


Atlanta posted its best regular season record in 13 years in the 2009-10 season. After its two victories to open this series, the Hawks are now a dominant 36-7 at home. While Atlanta has one of the most balanced lineups in the league, Johnson is the top scoring option for the squad. With Johnson (21 points per game during regular season) entering free agency this summer, the Hawks may not get a better chance to make a deep playoff run. Guard Jamal Crawford (18 points per game during regular season) is one of the top sixth men in the league as Atlanta's biggest threat off the bench. Up front, the Hawks have a strong combo to work with. Forward Josh Smith (16 points, 9 rebounds per game during regular season) is one of the top defenders in the NBA. Center Al Horford (14 points, 10 rebounds per game during regular season) emerged this year to earn a spot on the Eastern Conference roster in the All-Star game. Head coach Mike Woodson has been able to improve his squad's record in each season during his tenure since suffering through a humbling 13-69 record in his debut year with the Hawks in 2004-05. Do you basketball betting at www.sportsbook.com where everybody bets!