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Celtics vs Knicks NBA odds battle

Playoff seeding is at stake as Boston pays a visit to New York on Tuesday, hoping to send the Knicks to a loss while also covering the spread in NBA action at Madison Square Garden.

Boston is 9-1 SU in their past 10 against the Knicks, but they may be without Ray Allen again. The Celts are 6-3 ATS in their past 9 against NY and have covered 4 straight here.

Watch the opening Celts-Knicks point spread at TopBet as it was slow Tuesday due to injury situations.

The Knicks are 31-29 so far on the season, and 31-29 ATS vs. the number. The Celtics, meanwhile, are 36-25 and 31-29-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen New York go 23-37 and the Celtics go 26-35 on the totals.

View Boston vs New York Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 8-rated Knicks and the No. 16-ranked Celtics, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 98-96 result in favor of the Knicks.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up New York's No. 15-ranked offense (97.2 PPG) against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 3 at 89.2 PPG. The Knicks have averaged 43.9% from the field per game, less than the Celtics have managed so far this season (45.9% on average).

Defensively, the Celtics feature the league's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 93.4 points per game. New York, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the league in scoring at home.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 94-82 winner as they battled the Bobcats on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a 6.5-point favorite, while 176 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Boston got 22 points from Brandon Bass en route to a 94-82 victory over Charlotte on Sunday at Time Warner Cable Arena.

In their last action, New York was a 93-85 loser at home against the Heat. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (178) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. New York got 42 points from Carmelo Anthony en route to a 93-85 loss at the hands of New York on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Orlando are 7-3
After playing Charlotte are 8-2
After a win are 8-2

New York Knicks Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing New Jersey are 7-3
After playing Miami are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5


A few Celtics at Knicks trends to consider:
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing New York
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
New York is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games at home
New York is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of New York's last 16 games

Next up:
Boston home to Orlando, Wednesday, April 18
New York at New Jersey, Wednesday, April 18