NBA Betting: Celtics host Knicks
The Boston Celtics aren't expected to have Kevin Garnett in the lineup on Tuesday night as they look to pay off against the rival New York Knicks at home in a marquee NBA betting matchup.
The Celtics fell 89-86 at home to the Knicks as 1.5-point underdogs when those teams last met on January 24. That dropped Boston to 7-3 SU and 5-5 ATS over its past 10 games against New York, with the OVER 3-1 in their four most recent contests.
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The Celtics currently sports a record of 36-33, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 33-33-3 ATS. The Knicks are 42-26 and 35-32-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Celtics post a 35-33-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Knicks have gone 33-33-2 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game pits the Celtics, currently No. 16 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Knicks, who rate No. 11 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 100-97 victory for the Knicks.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 18-ranked offense, averaging 96.1 PPG, against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.8 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 46.1% so far, more than the Knicks shooters have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
Defensively, the Knicks feature the league's No. 9-rated defense on the road, giving up 97.1 points per game. Boston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 16 in the league in scoring at home.
The Knicks were a 110-84 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Raptors. They covered the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score (194) made winners of OVER bettors. New York cruised to victory on Saturday, running Toronto out of the gym and running up a 110-84 score at Madison Square Garden.
Boston was a 110-106 loser in its last match on the road against the Grizzlies. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 216 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Paul Pierce went off for 26 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Memphis defeated Boston, 110-106 at FedExForum.
New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Toronto are 8-2
After a win are 6-4
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Memphis are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5
A few Knicks at Celtics trends to consider:
New York is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston
New York is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of New York's last 7 games
Boston is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against New York
Boston is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games at home
New York home to Memphis, Wednesday, March 27
Boston at Cleveland, Wednesday, March 27