Knicks lose Bogdanovic to season-ending surgery

Knicks lose Bogdanovic to season-ending surgery

The New York Knicks (53-34 straight up, 45-39-3 against the spread) still hold a 3-2 series lead over Philadelphia in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

However, a few hours before Game 5 tipped off at Madison Square Garden Tuesday night, the team announced that it’ll be without Bojan Bogdanovic for the rest of the rest of the postseason. Bogdanovic had foot surgery Wednesday and will also have wrist surgery soon.

This is a significant blow to the Knicks, who are already playing without Julius Randle. Bogdanovic was acquired from Detroit right before the trade deadline.

The 35-year-old came off the bench for New York in 29 regular-season games, averaging 10.4 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He drained 43.0 percent of his field-goal attempts, 37.0 percent of his 3-point attempts and 80.0 percent of his free throws.

In the first four games of the series against the 76ers, Bogdanovic averaged 6.0 points. 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game, hitting 40.0 percent of his treys.

Before the trade, Bogdanovic started 27 of 28 games for the Pistons, averaging 20.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.5 APG. He made 41.5 percent of his 3-pointers and for his career, the 12-year veteran has buried 39.4 percent of his triples during the regular season.

Bogdanovic has started 33 of 51 career playoff games for five different organizations, averaging 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 APG. He’s made 38.3 percent of his 3-pointers during his postseason career.

For tonight’s Game 6 at Philadelphia, most books have the Knicks installed as three-point road underdogs. The updated series price at FanDuel has New York as a -400 ‘chalk,’ with the 76ers as +300 underdogs.