NBA Playoffs Schedule Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks Predictions

Last Updated: May 2nd, 2013 by Adam Markowitz (Bankroll Sports Columnist)
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Celtics vs. KnicksThe 2013 NBA playoffs are set to begin, and today at Bankroll Sports, we are going to be keeping a close eye on the series between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. These two should be going at it in a great set of battles, and we are going to have our NBA playoffs predictions and scores update on a nightly basis for this and all of the great series throughout the playoffs. Check back to this page often, as we will be updating our final scores and our series analysis so you can make the most informed NBA picks every step of the way in this series.

Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks NBA Playoff Schedule

Knicks Win Series 4-2

Game 1: Boston Celtics 78 – New York Knicks 85
Game 2: Boston Celtics 71 – New York Knicks 87
Game 3: New York Knicks 90 – Boston Celtics 76
Game 4: New York Knicks 90 – Boston Celtics 97 (OT)
Game 5: Boston Celtics 92 – New York Knicks 86
Game 6: New York Knicks 88 @ Boston Celtics 80

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Game 1: The Celtics only scored eight points in the entire fourth quarter on Saturday, and that really took the wind out of the sails of a game that was very close and very winnable going into the final stanza. F Paul Pierce, G Avery Bradley, and F Jeff Green combined to score 63 points, but the rest of the Boston team only had 15 for the whole game. F Carmelo Anthony started off his postseason in style, shooting 13-of-29 from the floor and scoring 36 points to lead New York to a ‘W’. Knicks 85 – Celtics 78 (Knicks Lead Series 1-0)

Game 2: The Celtics scored just 23 total points in the second half against the Knicks in Game 2, including getting outscored 32-11 in the third quarter. The team shot just 37.1 percent from the field, while the Knicks got 34 more points out of F Carmelo Anothny. Four of the five starters for New York were +21 or better in the point scoring department against the C’s, and that was clearly the difference in this one. Knicks 87 – Celtics 71 (Knicks Lead Series 2-0)

Game 3: The C’s had to think that they were going to get this series back to Madison Square Garden level, but absolutely nothing happened that was good in Beantown. In the first game that the Celtics played at home since the Boston Marathon bombings, the host team came out of the blocks flat, scoring just 31 points in the first two quarters. At halftime, over the course of the last four quarters, Boston had scored just 54 points. Wow. Boston’s bench was outscored 30-10, and that clearly wasn’t good enough to win a game against the Knicks. Knicks 90 – Celtics 76 (Knicks Lead Series 3-0)

Game 4: Give the Celtics this… At least they have a little bit of fight left in them. They came out of the gate in the first half and put together a solid performance over the weekend, outscoring New York 54-35 in the 24 minute stretch. However, from that point forward, it was all New York, especially in the third quarter when the team went on a quarter-long 30-14 run. G JR Smith was suspended for the game for the Knicks, but G Raymond Felton stepped up and scored 27 points to make up for the fact that the bench scored just seven in total. In overtime though, the Celtics were able to muster up one last bit of fight, and they scored a healthy 13 points in the period to ultimately go on to victory behind 29 points from F Paul Pierce and 26 from F Jeff Green. The C’s lived to fight another day. Celtics 97 – Knicks 90 (Knicks Lead Series 3-1)

Game 5: The Celtics got the toughest game that they simply had to get. They beat the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, and they did it as a team. Boston picked up at least 16 points from five different players, and though Head Coach Doc Rivers only used a total of seven men, those seven were good enough to get the job done. G JR Smith and F Carmelo Anthony got shot happy from the outside, and as a result, the two didn’t even shoot a combined 30% from the field. The rest of the team did just fine for the Knicks, but as we have learned over the course of this season, when Smith and Anthony aren’t scoring, they hit the panic button and the rest of the team has to pay the price. Now, the pressure is really on in the Big Apple. Celtics 92 – Knicks 86 (Knicks Lead Series 3-2)

Game 6: F Carmelo Anthony knew that he was going to have to close this series out if he was ever going to want to keep his reputation as one of the superstars of the game. Melo only shot 7-of-23 from the field, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc, but he was picked up by his teammates. The Knicks got back to their game defensively, holding the Celtics down to just 27 points in the first half. Boston was down 24 points at one point in the fourth, but the team went on one last push, a remarkable 20-0 run. It just wasn’t enough though, as the Celtics’ season comes to a close. Knicks 88 – Celtics 80 (Knicks Win Series 4-2)

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The Knicks and the Celtics know all about each other, as they met four times this season and played in a bitter rivalry against one another. There was a point that the two teams nearly warred both on and off the court after games on the campaign, and that should make this a great series. The Knicks are going to need to knock down some shots and make sure that they continue to hammer the paint if they are going to win this series. We know that Boston is going to bring a very hardnosed defense to the table that is going to hack and claw with the Knicks for the full seven games if need be. There will never be a point that the C’s give up, nor will there be a point that the team stops fighting.

This is something that really could frustrate New York when push comes to shove. Neither G JR Smith nor F Carmelo Anthony were really great shooters this year, as the two only combined to shoot around 43% from the floor, and though they can both be fantastic shooters both inside and outside, they can both end up getting sloppy with the basketball, which could ultimately be the Knicks’ downfall.

Boston though, has to prove that it is in playoff shape. The team really hasn’t played all that hard for most of the season, and we think the last time that this team took a game seriously was sometime back in March. That being said, we know that F Paul Pierce and F Kevin Garnett are going to have to prove that they are the kings of the court, and they’re both going to have to be good for 35-40 minutes per night and probably at least 35 points and 20 rebounds per game between them to win this series.

The boys from Beantown are surely going to be emotional in this one, as Game 3 and Game 4 of this series will be the first games played at the TD Garden since the Boston Marathon Bombings. We think that this is a series that could go to Boston in spite of the fact that the Knicks did a great job in this series. Don’t be surprised if this one goes the distance, which is where the C’s might shine.

Knicks vs. Celtics Series Prediction: Boston Celtics in 7

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