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MAYER’S 2 FOR TUESDAY PROS

Apr 20, 2004 7:12 AM

NBA

First round playoffs

EAST

Celtics (-9½) at Pacers: The first game at Conseco was all Indiana. The Celts may have a chance in Game 2 with Ron Artest sitting out a 1-game suspension. Look for the Pacers to show less fire without Artest. BOSTON.

Knicks (+7) at Nets: The Knicks may have Allen Houston available They need him. Crowd is pro-Knicks even at in Jersey. If Kurt Thomas and Penny Hardaway step up, NY can steal one. NEW YORK.

Last week: 1-1

Season: 31-19

NHL

First round playoffs

EAST

Game 7 at Toronto

Senators at Leafs: Another wild battle of Ontario gets settled in Toronto. The Maple Leafs have eliminated Ottawa four times. Make that five as the Maple Leafs ride the hot goaltending of Ed Belfour to the second round.

It won’t be easy, but Leafs just seem to have Ottawa’s number. We see a 2-0 win in regulation time. The "under" looks good. TORONTO.

Stanley Cup playoffs: 2-2

Regular season: 22-24.