The Boston Celtics take on the New York Knicks in an Atlantic Division tilt on Thursday, Jan. 6 at Madison Square Garden. Boston is on the second night of a back-to-back, leaving an uncertain injury report, and the Celtics are 7-12 on the road this season. New York is 18-20 overall and 8-11 at home. The Knicks will be without Kemba Walker (knee) and Derrick Rose (ankle), with Nerlens Noel (reconditioning) listed as questionable.
Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York. Boston is the 1.5-point favorite in the latest Celtics vs. Knicks odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 210. Before making any Knicks vs. Celtics picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Celtics vs. Knicks spread: Celtics -1.5
- Celtics vs. Knicks over-under: 210 points
- Celtics vs. Knicks money line: Celtics -125, Knicks +105
- BOS: The Celtics are 4-2-1 against the spread with no rest
- NYK: The Knicks are 7-12 against the spread in home games
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Why the Celtics can cover
Boston’s defense is excelling and New York’s offense is struggling in certain categories. The Celtics rank in the top eight of the NBA in defensive rating, allowing about 1.07 points per possession for the season. Boston ranks near the top of the league in field-goal percentage allowed, 2-point shooting allowed and assists allowed, with above-average marks in turnover creation, blocked shots and points allowed in the paint. Opponents struggle to create second-chance opportunities against the Celtics, and Boston is both versatile and talented on the defensive end.
The Knicks rank second-worst in the NBA in producing assists, illustrating a lack of playmaking and ball movement. New York is also No. 27 in 2-point accuracy and No. 25 in field-goal percentage, and Boston’s defense has an advantageous matchup. On offense, the Celtics should benefit from New York’s lack of turnover creation, and Boston currently ranks in the elite tier in free-throw attempts and free-throw accuracy.
Why the Knicks can cover
New York is excellent at contesting shots. Opponents are shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 50.6 percent on 2-point attempts against the Knicks, with New York ranking in the top three of the NBA in both categories. The Knicks are also blocking 5.2 shots per game, a top-10 mark, and allowing only 42.1 points in the paint per game. New York is giving up only 20.5 free-throw attempts per game, and the Celtics are in the bottom ten in field-goal shooting, 3-point shooting and assists.
On offense, New York is in the top 10 in 3-pointers (13.1 per game) and free-throw attempts (21.4 per game). The Knicks commit only 13.5 turnovers per game, taking care of the ball at an above-average level, and New York is securing 28 percent of offensive rebound opportunities. That leads to 14.1 second-chance points per game, ranking in the top 10 of the NBA, and the Knicks also put pressure on opponents with 35.3 percent shooting from 3-point range.
How to make Celtics vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the point total, with 11 players projected to score in double figures. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Knicks vs. Celtics pick at SportsLine.
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