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NBA Playoff Predictions 2011: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

Eastern Conference Playoffs

#3 Boston Celtics vs. #6 New York Knicks

Team sites: Celtics Blog (Boston), Posting & Toasting (NY)

Essential reading on this series: Ball Don't Lie preview from Yahoo Sports, Ben Golliver's preview from CBS Sports, Sebastian Pruti's two part breakdown (one part offense, second part defensive).

Pick: Boston in 6. Usually when great team offense meets great team defense in a playoff series, you roll with the D. It's not much different here. New York has the two most individually talented players in this series, but they're also huge defensive liabilities. Boston's offense hasn't been running very well these playoffs, but this is the perfect panacea to their current woes.

Game 1: Sun., April 17 in Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 2: Tue., April 19 in Boston, 7 p.m., TNT
Game 3: Fri., April 22 in New York, TBD, ESPN
Game 4: Sun., April 24 in New York, 3:30 p.m., ABC
Game 5: Tue., April 26 in Boston, TBD
Game 6: Fri., April 29 in New York, TBD
Game 7: Sun., May 1 in Boston, TBD