NBA playoff odds: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, Game 6
No team in NBA history has rallied from a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series and only a few have even forced a seventh game, but the Boston Celtics are in position to do just that if they can beat the Knicks Friday night in Beantown. However, New York opened as a 1.5-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Celtics are the 11th team in NBA history to force a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 series. Only 3 teams have forced a Game 7 and all 3 of them were at home in Game 6, like the Celtics. Home teams are 3-3 in Game 6s after trailing 3-0. Of course, no team has ever come back to win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-0. This is the first time the Celtics have ever forced a Game 6 after trailing 3-0 in a best-of-7 series.
Boston won Game 5 92-86 at Madison Square Garden. Kevin Garnett, who could retire after this season, tied his season high with 18 rebounds and added 16 points, all while captaining a Celtics defense that held the Knicks to just 39.5 percent shooting from the field. Brandon Bass added 17 points, steadying Boston as it shook off an 11-0 deficit and pulled away in the second half to stop the Knicks again from achieving their first playoff series victory since 2000. Bass emerged as the Celtics’ first line of defense against Carmelo Anthony and entered Wednesday’s win averaging just 4.3 points and 4.0 field goal attempts per game.
The Celtics made 11 three-pointers and shot 50.0% on three-pointers in their Game 5 win. Boston is now 13-1 in its last 14 games (including postseason), when making at least 10 three-pointers while shooting at least 50% on those three-pointers.
J.R. Smith, back from his one-game suspension for elbowing Jason Terry with the Knicks way ahead late in Game 3, missed his first 10 shots and finished 3 of 14 for 14 points. Anthony scored 22 points but was just 8 of 24 in another dismal shooting night for the Knicks. They are shooting 23 percent on 3-pointers in their past two games after 38 percent in the first three games.
Anthony was in isolation on 52% of his offensive plays in Game 5, going 3 of 12 from the field on those plays. Anthony has shot 29.8% from the field in isolation this series (46.3% on all other plays). The Knicks limited the Celtics to 75 points per game while winning the first three, and nearly came back to win Game 4 on Sunday even without Smith.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings. Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Boston. Knicks are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston. Road team is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings. Underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
NBA playoff odds: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, Game 5
The Knicks can finish off the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals and opened as 8-point WagerWeb.com favorites to end the series. Check our current lines.
Boston extended the series with a 97-90 win in overtime Sunday. New York had tied the game 84-84 after trailing by 20 points early in the third quarter. It was 88-all before the Celtics regained control and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Jason Terry. Carmelo Anthony hit a short jumper, but Terry connected on a 15-footer with 50 seconds remaining for a 93-90 lead. Paul Pierce led the Celtics with 29 points, Jeff Green added 26 and Terry finished with 18.
Anthony scored 36 points and Raymond Felton picked up the slack with 27, but New York made just 28.9 percent of its shots in the first half as Boston took a 54-35 lead. The Knicks played without Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith, who was suspended for one game. He’ll be back Wednesday. Smith’s absence in Game 4 had a negative impact on Anthony, who felt compelled to jack up 35 shots, and forced Felton, in Celtics coach Doc Rivers’ words, to “take the role of J.R. Smith.”
Anthony became the first player to attempt at least 35 shots and make less than 10 of them in a playoff game since Michael Jordan did so for the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat in Game 4 of the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals. The 35 attempts tied the most shots Anthony has taken in any game (regular season or postseason) in his career.
Of greater consequence, Smith’s absence had a positive impact on a Celtics team that had been a shell of its former self. Smith’s unnecessary roughness Friday night also served to anger Terry, a proud member of the champion Mavericks from two years ago and a shooter who had missed 15 of his 22 field-goal attempts over the first three games.
Anthony is seeking to become just the third scoring champion in NBA history to defeat the Celtics in a playoff series. The Magic, led by Shaq, closed the Boston Garden back in 1995 and Max Zaslofsky led the Chicago Stags to a 2-1 series win over the Celts back in 1948. The Celtics still have a huge deficit in trying to become the first team to win after trailing a series 3-0 in the NBA playoffs. The Knicks are trying to win their first playoff series in 13 years.
Kevin Garnett (game-high 17 rebounds) was the only active Celtic on the boards in Game 4, and New York emerged with a 54-40 edge in total rebounds and a 13-2 advantage in second-chance points. Rivers said Boston can’t afford those same disparities on the road in Game 5.
“Their guards got a lot of rebounds, too,” Rivers said. “[Iman] Shumpert hurts us on the glass; Jason Kidd hurts us on the glass. We can’t give up the extra shots with the turnovers and the extra rebounds and expect to win tomorrow on the road. We just can’t do that. We have to definitely fix the turnovers first and then the rebounds second.”
WagerWeb.com trends: Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games. Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings. Celtics are 19-9 ATS in the last 28 meetings in New York. Road team is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. Celtics are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
NBA playoff odds: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics, Game 3
The Boston Celtics have looked like a past-their-prime bunch in the second half of the first two games of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Knicks. Considering no team has ever rallied from a 3-0 deficit, that makes Friday’s game a must-win for Boston which opened as a 3-point favorite on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
After winning Game 1 85-78 and holding Boston to 25 second-half points, the Knicks beat Boston 87-71 on Tuesday and held the Celtics to a pathetic 23 points after halftime. Boston led both Games 1 and 2 at halftime.
On Tuesday, Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and Sixth Man of the Year J.R. Smith added 19 to lead the Knicks. Raymond Felton added 16 points for the Knicks, who used a 27-4 run spanning halftime to blow it open and move halfway to their first series victory since the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals. This is their first 2-0 lead since sweeping Toronto in the first round that year. After a flat second quarter, the Knicks came out on fire at the start of the third, jumping all over the Celtics with a 25-4 outburst. Boston was unable to recover over the game’s final 18 minutes.
The last time the Knicks won consecutive playoff games was 2000. They won Games 3 and 4 against the Pacers in the Conference Finals, but lost the series 4-2. The last time the Knicks led a playoff series 2-0 was the 2000 1st Round when they led the Raptors 2-0 and went on to win the series 3-0.
Paul Pierce scored 18 points for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett had 12 points and 11 rebounds, but battled foul trouble.
“I thought the fouls on [Garnett] were horrendous. That had a huge effect on us. He never got his rhythm when you could see he was going to have a game. It hurt us,” Coach Doc Rivers said.
Friday will be Boston’s first home game since the Boston Marathon bombings. They will have to be much sharper to avoid their first opening-round elimination since 2005, before they became one of the NBA’s power teams again. The Celtics shot 19.4 percent in the second half of Game 2, their worst shooting percentage in any postseason half since 1996-97.
The Celtics scored 24 points in the paint in Game 2, including 8 in the second half. The 24 paint points are tied for the Celtics’ lowest in a game this season. The Celtics have averaged 27.0 paint points in the first two game of the series after averaging 38.1 points in the paint during the regular season.
Since the playoffs expanded in 1984, 132 lower seeds (worse seeds) have fallen behind two games to none in a first-round series. Only 5 have come back to win the series (3.8%). When the home team wins the first two games they have gone on to advance 94.4 percent of the time. Only 15 teams in NBA history have come back to win a series after being down 2-0 (Oklahoma City came back from a 2-0 deficit last postseason.
More bad news for Boston: It lost both home games against the Knicks this season. Before that, the Celtics had won 11 straight against New York at TD Garden.
WagerWeb.com trends: Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Boston. Knicks are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Boston. Knicks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. Road team is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
NBA playoff odds: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, Game 2
The New York Knicks look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series on Tuesday night and opened as 6.5-point favorites to do so on WagerWeb.com. Check our current lines.
The Knicks won 85-78 in Game 1. Carmelo Anthony scored 36 points, helping New York take a 1-0 lead in a series for the first time since the 2001 first round against Toronto. Anthony shot only 13 of 29 from the field but made consecutive baskets late in the final period, when the Knicks held Boston to three baskets and eight points. Anthony had 36 points, six rebounds and four steals. He became the second player in Knicks history with a 35-5-4 combo in a playoff game, joining Patrick Ewing, who also did so against the Celtics in the first round of the 1990 playoffs.
The Celtics’ eight points in the 4th quarter in Game 1 against the Knicks are a postseason franchise low for a 4th quarter. J.R. Smith scored 15 points and Raymond Felton had 13 for the Knicks, while Kenyon Martin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds in huge minutes for New York with Tyson Chandler struggling through a scoreless 20 minutes after barely playing late in the season because of a bulging disk.
Jeff Green scored 26 points and Paul Pierce added 21 for the Celtics, who badly missed injured point guard Rajon Rondo, committing 21 turnovers that led to 20 points. Kevin Garnett finished with just eight points on 4-of-12 shooting to go along with nine rebounds over 36:36 of floor time, registering a minus-8 in plus/minus. Coach Doc Rivers thinks that Garnett’s teammates played the main role in Garnett’s limited involvement.
The Boston bench went 0-7 from the floor and Jason Terry was scoreless. Terry has appeared in 88 playoff games during his 15-year career and this was the first time he’s ever gone scoreless. In fact, it’s only the eighth time he’s been held below double figures in scoring output. The last time the Celtics’ bench failed to record a field goal in a playoff game was in Round 1 against the New York Knicks on May 6, 1990 (Celtics’ bench also went 0-7). The Knicks bench had 33 points, 19 rebounds and three assists in Game 1.
Rivers pinpointed a lack of ball movement as one of Boston’s chief shortcomings in its loss as the Celtics relied on too many isolation plays and didn’t show enough trust in one another to keep the ball moving.
“We did lose our trust a little bit,” Rivers said. “We had three or four next passes where we clearly had to make the next pass and we decided to hold it and shoot it. And a lot of people say, ‘Well, guys are being selfish.’ It’s not that at all. It’s guys want to win. Sometimes they want to win so much they get in the way of themselves, and I thought we did a great job of that (Saturday). You could see it..”
Rivers said those are mistakes the team is capable of correcting, and missing Rondo isn’t a factor in that. Rivers went with an eight-man rotation in Game 1, utilizing just three reserve guards (Jason Terry, Jordan Crawford and Courtney Lee). Rivers said he’ll consider adding a big man to the mix but said he’ll remain guard-heavy against New York while eying addition minutes for Crawford.
For the Knicks, starting guard Pablo Prigioni was spotted practicing on Monday in advance of Tuesday’s Game 2 and is officially listed as “probable.” Prigioni sat out of the Knicks’ Game 1 victory over Boston with a sprained right ankle. Rookie Chris Copeland replaced Prigioni in the starting lineup against Boston and went scoreless.
Prigioni was running with the starting unit as expected. This lines up with what we heard previously regarding Prigioni’s status, and all signs point to the rookie being back in there after sitting out Game 1. Chris Copeland should move back to the bench.
WagerWeb.com trends: Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. Celtics are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Knicks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. Celtics are 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings in New York. Road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
NBA playoff odds: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, Game 1
The premier matchup in the Eastern Conference tips off the 2013 NBA playoffs on Saturday afternoon as the New York Knicks host Boston in Game 1 of their best-of-7, with the Knicks opening as 7.5-point WagerWeb.com favorites. Check our current lines.
The second-seeded Knicks won three of four regular season meetings against No. 7 Boston. In the most recent one, the Knicks won 108-89 on March 31. Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks were 14-for-26 from 3-point range. Chris Copeland added 22 points and Raymond Felton had 18 for the Knicks. The Knicks won the season series for the first time since 2003-04, when they also went 3-1 against Boston. Jeff Green scored 27 points, and Paul Pierce had 24 points and 15 rebounds for Boston.
The Knicks are expecting injured big men Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler to play in Game 1 after each had missed multiple games with injury. However, starting guard Pablo Prigioni is questionable for Game 1. Prigioni sprained his right ankle at the end of the first quarter in Wednesday’s regular-season finale against the Atlanta Hawks. The Knicks said X-rays on Prigioni’s ankle came back negative. The 36-year-old Prigioni has started the past 18 games, and Coach Mike Woodson had planned to start the Argentine alongside Raymond Felton in New York’s playoff series against Boston.
New York’s Anthony clinched his first NBA scoring title Wednesday. The Knicks won their first Atlantic Division title since 1994 and closed the season winning 15 of their last 16 games. The Knicks have won one playoff game in 11 seasons. Boston is playing for a cause now, after the bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon. The Knicks are 1-11 in their last 12 games there.
For the past three weeks, the Celtics have balanced a need to rest players with simply trudging through the schedule, which contributed to a 7-13 record over the final 20 games. Boston did enough to keep the Milwaukee Bucks at arm’s length and avoid the eighth seed , which would have meant a first-round matchup with the top-seeded Miami Heat.
The Celtics and Knicks have met 12 previous times in the postseason, with Boston holding a 7-5 lead in series victories. Their first meeting came with the Knicks pulling off a two-game series sweep in the first round of the 1951 Eastern Division playoffs.
WagerWeb.com trends: Celtics are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic. Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Atlantic. Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Knicks are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Celtics are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in New York. Road team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings. Celtics are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Game 1 in New York: Saturday, April 20, 3, ABC
Game 2 in New York: Tuesday, April 23, 8, TNT
Game 3 in Boston: Friday, April 26, 8, ESPN
Game 4 in Boston: Sunday, April 28, 1, ABC (regional)
Game 5 in New York: Wednesday, May 1
Game 6 in Boston: Friday, May 3
Game 7 in New York: Sunday, May 5
NBA odds: Brooklyn Nets at Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are 2.5 games behind Chicago for the No. 5 spot in the East, and getting there likely would mean a first-round matchup with Brooklyn in the playoffs. Thus Wednesday’s Nets-Celtics game could play a large role in whether that actually happens.
The Celtics have been off since beating Washington 107-96 on Sunday. Both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett returned from injuries. Garnett had 12 points and six rebounds in 24 minutes. Pierce finished with 15 points in 30 minutes after missing Friday night’s 97-91 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left ankle. In perhaps his best game of the season, Brandon Bass couldn’t miss. He finished with 20 points (on 9-of-12 shooting) and six rebounds. Eight of his points came in the third quarter, when Boston extended its lead to 16 and effectively put the game away. In the eight games Garnett missed with an inflamed left ankle, Bass averaged 12.3 points, raising his season average to 8.3. On Sunday, he shot 9 of 12 and added six rebounds.
Garnett’s mere presence on the floor made Boston a much different team Sunday, particularly on the defensive end, where he was so sorely missed. In the eight games Garnett sat out, Boston posted a defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) of 103.4 — about 3½ points above their season average. On Sunday night, in the 24 minutes Garnett was on the floor, Boston’s defensive rating plummeted to 84.7.
For the first time this season, the Celtics were able to trot out their preferred starting lineup with Garnett and Pierce next to Bradley, Jeff Green and Bass. That five-man unit was plus-7 in plus/minus over a team-high 10 minutes of court time. That group that had logged only 13 minutes together coming into the game. Boston had an offensive rating (points per 100 possessions) of 111.2 and a defensive rating of 77.8 with that group. That’s a +33.5 differential. Boston also had a solid defensive rebound rate (77.8 percent) during that unit’s floor time, taking advantage of the overall size on the floor (all without sacrificing ball security with a low turnover rate). Green has stepped up since Rajon Rondo went down for the season with an ACL tear in his right knee. Since Jan. 27 Green has been averaging 16.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.79 steals and 1.29 blocks in 32.8 minutes per game.
The Nets hosted Philadelphia on Tuesday. Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo remains concerned about Joe Johnson’s health.
“If he can get healthy and do it in a timely manner, that’s fine,” Carlesimo said after Johnson had 15 points in 32 minutes in the Nets’ 105-96 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night at Barclays Center. “We need Joe Johnson.”
Since returning from heel and quad injuries that caused him to miss five games, Johnson is 9-for-27 from the field. The Nets have scored 100 points in eight of the past 12 games entering Tuesday and are 7-1 in those contests. They are 21-4 on the season when they score at least 100 points in a game.
Brooklyn leads the season series 2-1, but the teams haven’t played since Christmas.
WagerWeb.com trends: Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Nets are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference. Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston. Under is 8-2 in the last 10 meetings. Nets are 1-4-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. Road team is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
Tuesday NBA odds: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics will have to make do without future Hall of Famer for the next few weeks as he battles inflammation in his injured left ankle. The good news for Tuesday’s game against the Knicks, however, is that New York big man Tyson Chandler is questionable to return from his own injury.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said the team will give KG two weeks off to recover. Ainge believes that Garnett initially injured the ankle against New Orleans on Wednesday, then played on it in Dallas on Friday. Garnett, who missed practice Monday, sat out Saturday’s game in Memphis and underwent an MRI when the team returned to Boston. Initial test results didn’t alarm team doctors, but Ainge noted the team is being overly cautious to ensure a healthy Garnett for the start of the postseason. Guard Courtney Lee also sat out practice Monday with a sprained left ankle but was listed as probable for Tuesday’s game.
The Celtics are struggling, having dropped four straight. They lost 110-106 at Memphis on Saturday. Paul Pierce led Boston with 26 points, while Jordan Crawford keyed a fourth-quarter rally, scoring 14 of his 21 points in the final frame. Jeff Green finished with 12 points, and Jason Terry had 10.
With 13 games remaining, the Celtics own a two-game edge over eighth-seeded Milwaukee, while any remaining hopes of climbing the East playoff ladder likely hinge on how Boston performs the next seven days, with two games against the currently second-seeded (and Atlantic Division-leading) Knicks, along with a visit from the fifth-seeded Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
New York has won four straight despite missing Chandler. It crushed the Raptors 110-84 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points, and J.R. Smith added 25 points for the Knicks, who beat the Raptors for the second straight night. Kenyon Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds a night after he had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the Knicks’ victory in Toronto that clinched a playoff berth.
Chandler says there is “definitely a chance” that he’ll return to the lineup Tuesday against Boston. But the Knicks big man plans to proceed with caution due to a lingering neck injury. He has missed the Knicks’ last six games due to a bulging disk in his neck. The Knicks said last Monday that Chandler would miss “approximately” a week. New York is 4-2 in Chandler’s absence. Martin has performed well in Chandler’s absence. In the Knicks’ four-game winning streak, Martin has averaged 14.3 points and 7.5 rebounds and has hit 75 percent of his shots.
New York snapped an 11-game losing streak in Boston with an 89-86 victory at TD Garden on Jan, 24. Boston defeated New York 102-96 at the Garden on Jan. 7. Anthony has paced New York with 24.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two meetings against Boston this season.
Boston was led by Rajon Rondo who record 23 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in one meeting against New York. Paul Pierce posted 22.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the two games. Kevin Garnett added 13.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in two battles.
WagerWeb.com trends: Knicks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Knicks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Celtics are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Celtics are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 home games. Celtics are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Boston. Knicks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Boston. Road team is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
Tuesday NBA odds: Boston Celtics at Denver Nuggets
Two teams who have been often mentioned as potentially being active before Thursday’s trade deadline meet for the final time this season when Boston visits Denver, with the Nuggets opening as 8.5-point favorites on WagerWeb.com. Check our current odds
Boston closed the first half of the season with a 71-69 win over Chicago. Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds to help the Celtics overcome historically poor shooting. Paul Pierce went only 2-for-12 from the floor, but he hit a 3-pointer that bounced around the rim and in to give Boston a five-point lead with 3 minutes to play. The Celtics shot just 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots. The Celtics scored 19 points in the second and third quarters combined, tying for third-lowest in NBA history and setting a franchise record for the fewest points in consecutive quarters since the shot-clock era began. Their 71 points was the third-least in a win since the 24-second clock was added in 1954-55.
Garnett has been rumored in a potential trade with the Clippers, but he has said he won’t waive his no-trade clause. The Celtics have lost Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger and Leandro Barbosa to season-ending injuries. So the club has signed swingman Terrence Williams to a 10-day contract. By adding Williams, the Celtics bring in much-needed depth for a team that was playing with 10 healthy bodies. Boston maintains deadline flexibility as there’s no little risk or cost with a 10-day contract and Williams can be cut loose from his deal if Boston needs his roster spot sooner. Williams, fresh off a stint in China, will get a chance to fill minutes and Boston can evaluate his potential to help long term as it navigates the trade deadline (and the buyout period after that).
Denver lost 119-108 at Brooklyn to close the first half. The Nuggets, who were without Danilo Gallinari and Andre Iguodola, lost their third straight game after winning a season-high nine straight. Both will play in this one. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets with 26 points and hit all of his five 3-point attempts. Jordan Hamilton had 15 points and JaVale McGee added 14 points for the Nuggets. Andre Miller scored eight points and had 10 assists.
The Nuggets played in Boston on Feb. 10. Denver won 118-114 in triple overtime. Paul Pierce had 27 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists in the win. Pierce made a tying 3-pointer in the second overtime to make it 107-107 and extend the game. Garnett had 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while Jason Terry scored a season-high 26 points off the bench. Denver’s Lawson had 29 points, nine assists and six rebounds and hit several key shots, including a running bank shot to send the game into overtime tied at 92-92.
WagerWeb.com trends: Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Western Conference. Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Northwest. Celtics are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. Nuggets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games. Nuggets are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a S.U. loss. Favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings. Home team is 16-5 ATS in the last 21 meetings. Celtics are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Denver.