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CELTICS: Boston appears to have flipped the switch yet again, as they have been a different team in the playoffs than they were in the regular season. The veteran Celtics are playing inspired and focused basketball, a key reason they have a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Knicks heading into tonight's Game 3. The Celtics are 23-18 SU and 18-23 ATS in road games this season. Boston is 3-3 ATS as a road underdog of 3 points or fewer this year. The Celtics won both games SU in New York this season. G Ray Allen is averaging a team high 21 PPG in the playoffs, including 3.5 made three pointers per game. PG Rajon Rondo is averaging 20 PPG and a team high 8 APG so far in the playoffs. The Celtics are 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games playing on 2 days rest. Boston is 9-26-1 ATS in their last 36 games following a SU win. The Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Boston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. Boston is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Projected Score: 98
Celtics are 9-4 ATS last 13 games as the listed underdog.
Under is 10-1 last 11 games following a SU win.
KNICKS: (-2, O/U 191.5) New York has played Boston incredibly tough, despite being down 0-2 in their best of 7 series. The Knicks could just as easily be up 2-0 right now, which they've done ATS. New York is very banged up, as they are dealing with injuries to PG Chauncey Billups and F Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks have shown a strong resolve so far in the post-season, something that should continue now that they are at home. New York is 23-18 SU and 20-20 ATS in home games this season. The Knicks are 6-5 ATS as a home favorite of 3 points or fewer this year. Tonight is the first time in their 7 games against the Celtics that the Knicks have been the listed favorite. F Carmelo Anthony is averaging team highs of 28.5 PPG and 10.5 RPG so far in the playoffs. The Knicks are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games. New York is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win. The Knicks are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. New York is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning SU record. New York is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. The Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Friday games.
Projected Score: 99 (OVER-Total of the Day)
Knicks are 7-1 ATS last 8 games as a home favorite up to 4.5 points.
Under is 6-1 in Knicks last 7 games against the Eastern Conference.
LAKERS: (-5, O/U 184) Los Angeles earned they absolutely had to have to tie their 7 game series at 1-1. The Lakers played sound defense in holding the Hornets to just 79 points in Game 2. Despite their win, the Lakers weren't necessarily impressive. On the road tonight, the Lakers are sure to be motivated and focused on taking back home court advantage. Los Angeles is an impressive 27-14 SU and 23-18 ATS overall on the road this season. The Lakers are 9-7 ATS as a road favorite between 3.5 and 6 points this year. Los Angeles was 3-1 ATS against the Hornets during the regular season, but 0-2 ATS so far in the playoffs. G Kobe Bryant is leading the Lakers in scoring this postseason, averaging 22.5 PPG. F Ron Artest has been the bright spot of the Lakers in the playoffs, averaging 15.5 PPG and a team high 8.5 RPG. The Lakers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against the Southwest Division. Los Angeles is 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games against a team with a winning home record. The Lakers are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. Los Angeles is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. Los Angeles is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.
Projected Score: 90
Lakers are 7-3 ATS last 10 games as a road favorite.
Under is 27-11 last 38 games following an ATS loss.
HORNETS: Whether winning or losing, New Orleans has impressed against the Lakers in their 1st Round playoff series. The Hornets were given virtually no chance of knocking off the defending champions, but here they are tonight with a chance to go up 2-1. PG Chris Paul has his team playing efficient basketball, on both sides of the ball. Paul is averaging 26.5 PPG and 11.5 APG against the Lakers, both team highs. F Trevor Ariza is also playing well against his former team, as he's averaging 14 PPG and a team high 7 RPG. New Orleans is 28-13 SU and 20-20 ATS in home games this year. The Hornets are 2-1 ATS as a home underdog between 3.5 and 6 points this season. New Orleans is a strong underdog overall this season thanks to their ability to play lockdown defense and not turn the ball over. The Hornets are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games against the Pacific Division. New Orleans is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog between 5 and 10.5 points. The Hornets are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600%. New Orleans is 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
Projected Score: 93 (SIDE of the Day)
Hornets are 10-1 ATS last 11 Friday games.
Over is 5-1 last 6 games following a SU loss.