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New York KnicksBoston Celtics
25-40March 12, 2014, 07:30 | TD Garden22-42

New York travels to Boston on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 25-40 mark with a victory over the Celtics.

(Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). The Celtics are 22-42 so far on the season, and 32-31-1 ATS vs. the number. The Knicks, meanwhile, are 25-40 and 27-38 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 26-38 and the Knicks go 38-27 on the totals.View New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Celtics installed as 2-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 199.5.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 17-rated Celtics and the No. 15-rated Knicks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 89-88 win for the Knicks on Wednesday.

New York won its last outing, a 123-110 result against the 76ers on March 10. The Knicks failed to cover in that game as a 15.5-point favorite, while the 233 combined points took the game OVER the total. Tim Hardaway Jr. went off for 28 points and added 2 rebounds leading New York over Philadelphia, 123-110, on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Last time out for Boston, they were a 94-83 loser as they battled the Pacers on the road. The Celtics covered in the match as a 12-point underdog, while 177 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Celtics endured a 94-83 loss at the hands of the Pacers on Tuesday, despite a 17-point effort from Jared Sullinger at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Boston's No. 27-ranked offense (95.44 PPG) against a Knicks defense that ranks No. 13 at 100.34 PPG. The Celtics have averaged 43.4% from the field per game, less than the Knicks have managed so far this season (44.56% on average).

Next up:
New York home to Milwaukee, Saturday, March 15th
Boston home to Phoenix, Friday, March 14th