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NBA Matchup - Celtics Knicks Odds Preview

New York KnicksBoston Celtics
6-15December 13, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden10-14

The Celtics will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Knicks at TD Garden in NBA wagering action.

The Celtics bring a 10-14 record (13-11 ATS) to the battle against the 6-15 Knicks, who are 7-14 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 9-15 so far and the Knicks go 10-11. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

The Knicks were listed as 2.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 190 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 15-rated Celtics and the No. 18-rated Knicks in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 87-85 win for the Celtics on Friday.

Last time out for New York, they were an 83-78 winner as they battled the Bulls at home. The Knicks covered in the match as a 3.5-point favorite, while 161 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Carmelo Anthony went off for 30 points and added 10 rebounds leading New York to an 83-78 win over Chicago on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.

In their last action, Boston was a 96-88 loser at home against the Clippers. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (184) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Jeff Green went off for 29 points and added 4 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Los Angeles defeated Boston, 96-88 at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Knicks rank No. 29 in the league with 39 per game. That compares with Boston’s No. 23 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Boston is the NBA’s No. 22-ranked team at 6.62 per game, while the Knicks rate No. 6 with 8.76 per contest.

A few Knicks at Celtics trends to consider:
New York is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games
New York is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of New York's last 6 games
New York is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Boston is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing New York
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Boston's last 10 games when playing New York
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against New York
Boston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against New York

Next up:
New York home to Atlanta, Saturday, December 14th
Boston home to Minnesota, Monday, December 16th