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Knicks And Celtics Loathe Losing... Especially To Each Other

Posted by Knicks And Celtics Loathe Losing... Especially To Each Other on 3/21/2013 6:40:06 PM

The New York Knicks had been running away with the Atlantic Division all season, but a recent slide has seen Brooklyn and Boston close the gap, putting the heat on New York.

New York Knicks @ Boston Celtics – Tuesday, March 26

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Why New York Will Win

The high-stakes poker games that take place on a nightly basis in the NBA demand a certain degree of caution, an ability to value one's security instead of being foolish or rash in terms of decision-making processes. New York carries this emphasis on security - ball security - into Boston.

The Knicks come to Beantown as a team in desperate need of a win. One thing the Knicks do well that is essential when playing Boston is taking care of the ball. The Celtics have such a strong defense that you rarely get high-percentage shots against them throughout the course of the game; turnovers only hinder a team's efforts all the more. Carmelo Anthony is likely going to be back soon for the Knicks, and he played very well in New York’s last trip to Boston. With Tyson Chandler out due to injury, and in light of the way the Celtics defend the three-point shot (a strength of the Knicks), Anthony will likely have to play well and create his own offense for the Knicks. Boston has struggled to defend Anthony for years and if he gets going, he may be able to get some of the shooters on his team - Steve Novak and J.R. Smith in particular - unshackled.

The Celtics are a team that fouls quite a bit, and if the Knicks can get into the bonus early in the second and fourth quarters, it will help with their overall offensive production. New York is fairly average in terms of free throw shooting but has some very good free throw shooters.

Why Boston Will Win

People in the football betting world who don't pay close attention to NBA basketball could probably still tell you that the calculus of this game might actually give Boston a good chance to win, even though Rajon Rondo, the point guard who does so much for the Celtics at both ends of the floor, has been out of the lineup for more than a month at this point.

The Celtics have been very good at home this season and have been playing some of their best basketball in the second half against teams that will be in the playoffs. If there is one issue that plagues the Celtics, it is the tendency to become sloppy against below-average teams, and that won’t be an issue when New York comes to town. Without Tyson Chandler the Knicks have a big void in the middle of their lineup; Chandler was the one guy on the Knicks who was and is capable of really hurting the Celtics on the glass, an area where the Celtics are normally very vulnerable. The Celtics' defense should be able to clamp down on a Knicks team that has the fewest assists in basketball despite possessing future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd. The Knicks are strictly a one-on-one offensive team, and that plays into Boston’s hands.

On top of everything that's just been said, one should note that while Chandler normally brings some strengths to the defense, the Knicks can be beaten with ball movement. The Celtics are among the league leaders in assists. Moreover, the Celtics have registered many more “hockey assists” since Rondo went out with injury, meaning that they get two passes to set up good shots, as opposed to just one.

Who Will Win

The Celtics don’t have many statements left to make in the regular season, and with the Knicks being a potential first-round opponent, the Celtics will be looking to send a message here. New York is shorthanded and has been limping for weeks now. Take the Celtics at home.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Boston

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