Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks
Tip-off: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 – 7:00 PM ET
Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith may have caused a different outcome in a series by dropping Boston Celtics‘ Jason Terry with an elbow to the chin late in Game 3. The 27 year-old earned a suspension that left the Knicks without their No. 2 scorer during the regular season for Game 4 on Sunday.
YouWager experts consider New York didn’t have enough offense without him, losing 97-90 in overtime as Terry, not the Sixth Man of the Year, hit the big shots off the bench. It’s possible that with Smith around this series would already be over.
Tonight, New York will host Game 5 on their second attempt to close out their first series win since 2000.
New York won the first three games, holding Boston to an average of 75 points, before the Celtics broke out — sort of — on Sunday.
Boston scored 54 points in the first half and led by 20 early in the third quarter before their offensive struggles returned, and they were limited to just 30 points in the third and fourth quarters.
The Celtics and their online sports betting fans consider it they clean up those bad stretches they can keep climbing out of the mess they created for themselves.
New York had their own problems Sunday, shooting 34 percent from the field and making just 7 of 30 3-pointers (23 percent). Anthony, who might have felt pressure to force things with Smith unavailable, scored 36 points but was 10 of 35, missed all seven 3-point attempts and committed seven turnovers.
The New Jersey native averaged a career-best 18.1 points during the regular season, and his recognition as the league’s top reserve was as much a credit to his improved maturity and decision-making as it was to his scoring streaks.
According to the NBA live betting lines, no team has blown a 3-0 lead in the playoffs, so New York is feeling pretty good, especially after rallying to take a fourth-quarter lead Sunday.
Boston would send the series back home for a Game 6 on Friday with a win, and they know the only way they can get it is by coming out with the same momentum they had Sunday.