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Kristaps is Starring for Knicks, But Secondary Scoring is an Issue

The Boston Celtics picked up their first win of the season over the Philadelphia 76ers and promptly got three days off to prepare for Tuesday’s divisional matchup with the New York Knicks.

MyBookie opened the C’s as 9-point home favorites with a total of 207.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Celtics are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite of 9.0 or more.
  • The Knicks are 0-6 ATS in their last six games vs divisional opponents.
  • The total has gone UNDER in three of the Knicks’ last four games on the road against the Celtics.

The good news for Celtics bettors is Kyrie Irving will be in the lineup after the point guard had an altercation with a fan in the tunnel at halftime in Philadelphia. Irving used profanity against the fan and earned himself a $25,000 fine by the league, but was not suspended for his actions.

In the wake of the offseason Carmelo Anthony trade, the Knicks officially became Kristaps Porzingis’ team and the Latvia native has answered the call so far. Porzingis is averaging 32 points per game, but the secondary scoring hasn’t been there for New York. Tim Hardaway Jr., who was brought in on a hefty four-year, $71-million contract, is averaging 11 points on 7-of-26 shooting including 5-for-17 from three-point range. Overall, New York is shooting 27.8 percent from downtown in 2017-18.

Boston claimed wins in three of the four meetings with New York last season and has triumphed in five of the last six overall. Totals bettors will be intrigued to know the Celts have gone above the closing total in seven of their previous eight in Beantown.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Boston Celtics installed as 9-point favorites in this particular NBA matchup. The OVER/UNDER betting line for the total number of points scored was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 210.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 109-101 win for the Celtics. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Boston battles the New York Knicks, currently with a 0-2 mark (0-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals betting, are 1-2 for the Boston Celtics and 1-1 for the New York Knicks. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Boston vs New York injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Boston Celtics and the No. 26-ranked New York Knicks, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Boston's No. 5-rated NBA squad against New York's No. 26-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Boston rates No. 14 in the league with 9.67 made three-pointers per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 26 with 7.5 per outing.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Kristaps Porzingis was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 5 rebounds but Detroit still won, 111-107, over New York on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points leading the Celtics to a 102-92 victory over Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center on Friday.

Betting Trends
  • New York is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • New York is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of New York's last 11 games
  • Boston is 13-6 ATS in its last 19 games
  • Boston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

New York home to Brooklyn, Friday, October 27
Boston at Milwaukee, Thursday, October 26