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Atlantic Division Rivalry Kicks Off NBA Christmas Day

The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks have one of the longest standing rivalries in the NBA, and a new chapter will be written when the Atlantic Division clubs collide in the Big Apple on Christmas Day.

Shark Bites
  • The Knicks are 2-7 ATS in Christmas Day games.
  • Derrick Rose is averaging 21.5 points per game on Christmas Day.
  • The Celtics are 3-3 ATS in Christmas Day games.

Boston entered the campaign as favorites to win the division, but they haven’t looked the part so far. As of December 23, both Boston and New York trailed the Raptors, who have established themselves as the clear frontrunners as the calendar turns to 2017.

The Knicks shook things up in the offseason by acquiring Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee and the gamble has worked so far. New York is a much better club than the 2015-16 edition, and they’ve been profitable at the betting window as well. Carmelo Anthony and company are one of the best bets in the Association at 18-11 ATS.

Isaiah Thomas is a big reason for Boston’s recent surge, as the diminutive point guard had posted at least 13 consecutive 20-point affairs ahead of the Thunder game on December 23. Thomas is a player who tends to shine brightest on the biggest stage, so expect a big game from the 27-year-old.

The Celtics have historically struggled to win outright on Christmas Day, evidenced by the franchise’s 2-4 SU record on December 25. The UNDER has paid out in four of their six Christmas tilts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sports bettors looking to pick the New York Knicks as their prediction for this matchup, they were listed earlier as 0-point on the betting odds board at Bovada. Those betting on the total over/under for points scored have seen that line set at 212.5 for Sunday at shops such as MyBookie.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 111-108 win for the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The New York Knicks sport a record of 16-13 and 18-11 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Boston Celtics sit at 17-13 and 17-13 ATS on the NBA season. The OVER/UNDER totals betting records are 15-13-1 for the New York Knicks and 12-18 for the Boston Celtics. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Boston injuries news.

The New York Knicks sit at No. 10 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Boston Celtics are at No. 8 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features New York's No. 5-rated NBA squad against Boston's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, New York rates No. 15 in the league with 9.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 5 with 10.9 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Isaiah Thomas was dynamite, scoring 34 points and adding 2 rebounds but Oklahoma City still won, 117-112, over Boston on Friday at TD Garden.

The Knicks grabbed a 106-95 win over the Magic on Thursday, behind a 19-point effort from Derrick Rose at Madison Square Garden.

Betting Trends
  • Boston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games
  • Boston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • New York is 13-4 ATS in its last 17 games
  • New York is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games
  • New York is 10-2 ATS in its last 12 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Boston home to Memphis, Tuesday, December 27th
New York at Atlanta, Wednesday, December 28th

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