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NBA : ATS Matchup
Sunday 3/31/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore




BOSTON (38 - 34) at NEW YORK (45 - 26)
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Sunday, 3/31/2013 7:35 PM
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710NEW YORK-6-6.5
BOSTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games38-34-7.334-3536-3596.248.646.2%47.796.147.443.9%52.3
Road Games13-23-12.213-2117-1993.848.944.7%47.198.650.044.9%51.9
Last 5 Games2-3-1.52-33-
Division Games7-6+0.77-58-596.848.548.4%48.893.247.741.5%49.2
BOSTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)96.248.637-8046.2%6-1735.8%17-2177.8%48823218145
vs opponents surrendering98.149.437-8245.3%7-2036.0%17-2275.4%501122208145
Team Stats (Road Games)93.848.936-8044.7%6-1735.6%16-2079.8%47922218144
Stats Against (All Games)96.147.436-8243.9%7-2033.5%17-2473.3%521121208155
vs opponents averaging97.849.237-8245.1%7-2036.0%17-2275.1%501122208145
Stats Against (Road Games)98.650.036-8144.9%7-2035.8%19-2575.8%521123198145

NEW YORK - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games45-26+7.438-3235-3499.350.944.4%48.795.849.045.7%49.4
Home Games26-10+120-1619-17102.652.645.6%48.194.847.245.7%48.2
Last 5 Games5-0+4.44-14-1105.661.049.6%
Division Games9-6-3.17-87-896.250.743.6%50.991.546.144.1%47.5
NEW YORK Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)99.350.936-8144.4%11-2937.0%16-2276.0%491119208124
vs opponents surrendering97.949.237-8245.3%7-2035.7%17-2275.1%501122208145
Team Stats (Home Games)102.652.637-8145.6%11-2938.6%17-2376.2%481120199113
Stats Against (All Games)95.849.036-7845.7%8-2236.0%17-2275.7%491019206154
vs opponents averaging97.448.937-8245.1%7-1935.7%16-2275.1%501122208145
Stats Against (Home Games)94.847.235-7745.7%8-2234.9%16-2177.4%481018206163
Average power rating of opponents played: BOSTON 95.4,  NEW YORK 95.3
BOSTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/19/2013@ DENVER90-97L9W204U35-7944.3%491233-7742.9%547
2/20/2013@ LA LAKERS99-113L7L193.5O39-8247.6%441242-8350.6%5712
2/22/2013@ PHOENIX113-88W-1W189.5O44-7955.7%521235-8441.7%4913
2/24/2013@ PORTLAND86-92L1.5L192.5U36-8542.4%47935-7944.3%5316
2/25/2013@ UTAH110-107W8W189O41-8647.7%461239-8844.3%5313
3/1/2013GOLDEN STATE94-86W-4W196.5U36-7548.0%541732-9434.0%6111
3/5/2013@ PHILADELPHIA109-101W-2.5W183O42-8350.6%542241-10041.0%5214
3/6/2013@ INDIANA83-81W9W184U34-8341.0%511332-8836.4%5814
3/10/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY79-91L11.5L199U29-7737.7%511830-6844.1%4714
3/12/2013@ CHARLOTTE74-100L-10.5L187U27-6640.9%391335-7745.5%5710
3/20/2013@ NEW ORLEANS86-87L-4.5L186.5U33-7245.8%321331-7143.7%5418
3/22/2013@ DALLAS94-104L4.5L195.5O32-7741.6%411438-8246.3%5614
3/23/2013@ MEMPHIS106-110L7W177O38-7451.4%471443-9445.7%518
3/26/2013NEW YORK85-100L-3L194U31-6944.9%511939-9043.3%478
3/27/2013@ CLEVELAND93-92W-2.5L197.5U34-7644.7%461538-8644.2%5718
3/31/2013@ NEW YORK              
4/1/2013@ MINNESOTA              
4/12/2013@ MIAMI              
4/13/2013@ ORLANDO              

NEW YORK - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/20/2013@ INDIANA91-125L4L185O29-8633.7%481542-7953.2%6321
2/22/2013@ TORONTO98-100L-1.5L193O35-7546.7%511635-8043.7%449
2/27/2013GOLDEN STATE109-105W-7.5L205O36-8741.4%531036-7250.0%4417
3/1/2013@ WASHINGTON96-88W-3W193U35-8143.2%501231-7441.9%5213
3/4/2013@ CLEVELAND102-97W-3.5W204U36-7846.2%511637-7350.7%3714
3/6/2013@ DETROIT87-77W-5.5W195U31-7541.3%512032-7443.2%4220
3/7/2013OKLAHOMA CITY94-95L8W204U35-8640.7%441331-7044.3%5016
3/11/2013@ GOLDEN STATE63-92L2.5L202U20-7327.4%491332-7841.0%6714
3/13/2013@ DENVER94-117L8.5L206O34-7943.0%461941-8448.8%6014
3/14/2013@ PORTLAND90-105L7L194.5O36-8243.9%471240-7851.3%4914
3/17/2013@ LA CLIPPERS80-93L13.5W193.5U29-8135.8%49934-7545.3%6212
3/18/2013@ UTAH90-83W10.5W188.5U32-6946.4%451229-7638.2%5417
3/22/2013@ TORONTO99-94W2W192O38-7153.5%501336-7945.6%4012
3/26/2013@ BOSTON100-85W3W194U39-9043.3%47831-6944.9%5119
4/2/2013@ MIAMI              
4/3/2013@ ATLANTA              
4/7/2013@ OKLAHOMA CITY              
4/11/2013@ CHICAGO              
4/12/2013@ CLEVELAND              
4/15/2013@ CHARLOTTE              
BOSTON: GUARDS: This offense now belongs to RAJON RONDO, and that should be especially true during the regular season . . . Even if he comes off the bench, JASON TERRY figures to see the bulk of the minutes at shooting guard. He provides some much-needed outside shooting after Ray Allen left and should challenge Paul Pierce for the team lead in shot attempts . . . Adding COURTNEY LEE was more of a move for the future. He's a fine young second-unit player for now and should be an heir apparent on one of the wings . . . AVERY BRADLEY could be out until December after shoulder surgery. As Boston's best perimeter defensive player, he could reclaim his starting job in the season's second half . . . The addition of LEANDRO BARBOSA gives Boston another veteran who can create his own offense in the second unit, something that was sorely missing in last year's playoff run. FORWARDS: PAUL PIERCE quietly had a great regular season last year. Though with some improved depth behind him, Rivers might have his 35-year-old All-Star wing rest more often . . . BRANDON BASS gives them another scoring option, even if he does struggle on the defensive end. He'll get full-time minutes only in certain matchups as long as the frontcourt is healthy . . . JEFF GREEN's heart condition is no longer a concern, but the tweener's role in Boston after a year off is cause for worry . . . There are already question marks surrounding rookie JARED SULLINGER's back. He's very similar to Bass: He can score out to mid-range but doesn't play much defense. Expect him to be strictly a second-unit player in his first NBA season . . . CHRIS WILCOX will provide fouls off the bench when healthy. CENTERS: The Celtics are prepared to go with KEVIN GARNETT in the middle, which was the case when they were at their best last season. His role on offense is still knocking down mid-range jumpers, and he's still an elite defensive player . . . Professional flopper JASON COLLINS will fill in nicely for the departed Greg Stiemsma . . . FAB MELO is years away from being ready to contribute (if he actually is ever ready to contribute) and DARKO MILICIC was also added via free agency for more frontcourt depth.
NEW YORK: GUARDS: RAYMOND FELTON will start at the point, which seems like a colossal mistake. He had his career year in New York under Mike D'Antoni, but the Knicks have gone away from the pick-and-roll system he thrived in . . . Don't be surprised if JASON KIDD is overtaking Felton in minutes played by midseason. He's limited athletically but still a heady passer . . . Resident chucker J.R. SMITH should see big minutes early before IMAN SHUMPERT steps in as the defense half of their shooting guard platoon as soon as his knee is recovered mid-season . . . RONNIE BREWER will be Smith's defensive complement while Shumpert is out . . . PABLO PRIGIONI is a game manager who provides insurance at the point. FORWARDS: This is once again CARMELO ANTHONY's team, as the Knicks will run their offense through him. It's going to be a lot of iso, and a lot of scoring opportunities for Melo . . . AMAR'E STOUDEMIRE doesn't fit nearly as well in this system as he did in former coach Mike D'Antoni's. He ended up forcing a lot of shots a year ago, and his durability is a major question mark . . . STEVE NOVAK will continue to come off the bench strictly as a three-point shooter. He's one of the best long-range bombers in the NBA, but he's too much of a defensive liability to play more than 20 minutes per night . . . Swingman JAMES WHITE will also get some minutes at the two or three spots with his 6-foot-7 frame. . . CHRIS COPELAND had some solid years overseas, but will be lucky to break into this rotation . . . KURT THOMAS is in player/coach mode. CENTERS: TYSON CHANDLER is indispensible on the defensive end as long as sieves Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire are also in the frontcourt . . . MARCUS CAMBY can't defendin space like Chandler can, but his ability to rebound and protect the rim will come in handy as the second unit is no better defensively than the starters . . . RASHEED WALLACE came out of retirement, but has a long way to go, especially with his lack of conditioning, before he contributes much at age 38.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (BOSTON-NEW YORK) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Celtics-Knicks Preview* ========================


Boston (38-34) at New York (45-26), 7:30 p.m. EDT

There's no love lost between the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, making for an intriguing potential matchup in the first round of the playoffs.

"Let's just be quite frank about them," Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks beat the Celtics 100-85 on the road Tuesday. "We always want to beat Boston. New York in anything wants to beat Boston, and when we do it's a great feeling."

With the team streaking and J.R. Smith on a roll the league hasn't seen in quite a while, New York looks to win a season series with Boston for the first time in nine years Sunday night at Madison Square Garden.

This rivalry has been heated for many seasons, and this one has been no different. Anthony and Kevin Garnett had an on-court run-in during Boston's 102-96 road victory Jan. 7, leading to a one-game suspension for Anthony after he allegedly tried to confront Garnett following the game.

New York (45-26) proceeded to win the next two meetings in Boston and is on the verge of winning the season series for the first time since 2003-04 - the season before Doc Rivers became Celtics coach.

Sunday may not be the last matchup between the teams in 2013, though. The Knicks are battling Indiana for the Eastern Conference's second seed for the playoffs, while the Celtics (38-34) currently sit in seventh place.

Smith hit a clutch 3-pointer that helped New York earn an 89-86 win over Boston on Jan. 24 before scoring 32 points Tuesday.

The Celtics, who have been without Garnett the last four games because of left ankle inflammation, haven't been the only ones unable to slow Smith. He had 35 points in a 108-101 win over Memphis on Wednesday before scoring a season-high 37 in Friday's 111-102 victory over Charlotte.

Smith became the first player to have three straight 30-point performances off the bench since Milwaukee's Ricky Pierce did it in 1990. He's averaging 26.4 points - nearly nine above his season average - during New York's seven-game winning streak.

"He is focused. He is dialed in. Locked in," said Anthony, who added 32 points and 11 rebounds Friday. "He is playing extremely well and his confidence is sky high. We are following his lead."

Smith said it's simply his opportunity to step up.

"We have so many threats out there," said Smith, shooting 58.3 percent over the last three games. "So depending on who's got it going, it just so happens it's my turn."

The Knicks, who haven't won eight in a row since Nov. 28-Dec. 12, 2010, may need to work on finishing games as well as they've been starting them. For the second straight contest Friday, they built a 30-point lead only to wind up winning by single digits.

"At the end of the day, we've got to find ways to close games better," guard Raymond Felton said. "Against a team that might be a little bit better than the Bobcats, it could go either way."

Though battling injuries, Boston is sure to provide tough competition. It has won two straight following a five-game skid after Paul Pierce recorded his ninth career triple-double in Friday's 118-107 win over Atlanta.

While Pierce had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, Jeff Green scored 27 and Jason Terry added 24 off the bench.

"It has to come from everybody," Pierce said. "Due to the injuries, guys are getting opportunities."

One of them is Green, averaging 22.0 points in six starts since Garnett originally got hurt in mid-March.

The 35-year-old Pierce, who has missed only one game this season, is averaging 28.0 points over his last six games versus the Knicks.

"Paul just gets everybody involved," guard Avery Bradley said. "I love playing with him. He just wants to win."

New York winning games in this series has depended greatly on Anthony's production. Of the last seven meetings, Anthony has averaged 32.3 points in the Knicks' four victories and 23.7 on 34.4 percent shooting in their three losses.

Last Updated: 6/17/2018 10:57:31 PM EST

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