The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks will meet for the first time this season on Monday night, with the Celtics holding the ATS edge over the Knicks in their recent matchups.
Boston is 4-2 SU and ATS over its last six games against New York, with the OVER paying out for totals bettors in four of those contests. The Knicks and Celtics have both won two games in a row heading into their matchup on Monday night.
The Celtics will try to spoil to the party on Monday; they are 12-18-3 ATS against the number this season, while the Knicks are 18-15 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). Boston is 16-16-1 on the totals; New York is 18-13-2.
New York opened as 7-point favorites at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 194 at for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Knicks at No. 17 and the Celtics at No. 20 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 103-96 result in favor of the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 26-rated squad against Boston's No. 30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 1 in the league with 11.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 28 with 5.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 13-rated defense on the road, giving up 98.8 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the league in scoring at home.
In their last action, Boston was an 89-81 winner on the road against the Hawks. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (170) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Boston got 26 points from Paul Pierce en route to an 89-81 victory over Atlanta on Saturday at Philips Arena.
The Knicks were a 114-106 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Magic. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the total score (220) made winners of OVER bettors. The Knicks got a 40-point performance from Carmelo Anthony as New York handed Orlando a 114-106 defeat on Saturday at Amway Center.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Phoenix are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 3-7
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana are 6-4
After playing Orlando are 6-4
After a win are 5-5
A few Celtics at Knicks trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games
Boston is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games on the road
Boston is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against New York
New York is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
New York is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston home to Phoenix, Wednesday, January 9
New York at Indiana, Thursday, January 10