NBA Playoffs 2013: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, Game 5 Picks

Jeff GrantContributor IMay 1, 2013

NBA Playoffs 2013: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks, Game 5 Picks

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    The New York Knicks are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven overall meetings with the Boston Celtics, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks Wednesday, as the two teams meet at Madison Square Garden.

    Sports bettors will find that the Knicks are 8.5-point home favorites in the pro basketball odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total sits at 180.5 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at Game 5 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal series from a betting perspective, while offering up an against-the-spread pick along the way.

Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics are averaging 16.8 turnovers per game in this series, which has directly led to their 3-1 deficit entering Game 5.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Celtics are 33-37-2 against the spread as road underdogs.

New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks suffered a 97-90 overtime loss against the Boston Celtics as 1.5-point road favorites in Game 4 Sunday, as they played without top reserve J.R. Smith, who was suspended by the league for one game.

    NBA handicappers will find that the Knicks are 12-3 straight up and 9-6 against the spread as home favorites of 6.5 to nine points this season.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers back the New York Knicks as one of their NBA playoff picks Wednesday, as they've covered the number in 22 of their last 30 games overall.

    NBA Pick: New York Knicks -8.5

     

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