Looking to win big? The Knicks and Celtics face off at 7:30 ET on NBCS. The Celtics are hosting the game at TD Garden in Boston, MA. The over/under at Caesars New York Sportsbook for this matchup is currently set at 219.5 points and the Celtics are the favorite to win at home vs. the Knicks.
New York Knicks Preview
Facing the Celtics today, the Knicks look to maintain their record above .500, which currently stands at 12-8. In away games this season, the Knicks have put together a 6-5 record, whereas they have a 6-3 record when playing at home.
New York currently has an ATS record of 12-8, placing them above .500 against the spread. On the road, the Knicks have an ATS record of 7-4 compared to a 5-4 record vs. the spread at home.
In their latest game, New York’s offense looked good, scoring 122 points against the Bucks. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49.4% and made 29/33 free throws. The team’s scoring leader is Jalen Brunson, who holds an average of 24.9 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Julius Randle is averaging 21.4 points per game this season.
On average, the New York defense is giving up 107.5 points per game (3rd). Right now, they are on a 2 game streak of giving up fewer points than their season average.
The New York defense has allowed opponents to shoot 36.7% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 47.4% of their field goal attempts vs. New York.
Boston Celtics Preview
Over the Celtics’ last five games, they are 3-2 and come in with an overall record of 15-5. At this time, the team’s rank is 1st in the Eastern Conference, and they are also 1st in the Atlantic division.
So far, Boston is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 8-11. Boston has struggled to cover the spread in their last five road games and has an ATS record of 2-8 on the road, while it is 6-3 at home.
Coming off their recent game, the Celtics offense tallied 112 points in a matchup against the Pacers. Their field goal percentage for the game was 47.4%, and they made 12 threes. The team’s top scorer is Jayson Tatum, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 27.6, while Jaylen Brown also carries a PPG average of 22.2 into the game.
This season, the Celtics defense has been impressive, holding the 4th position in the league while permitting an average of 108.1 points per contest.
In their previous game, the Celtics’ defense struggled against the Pacers, giving up 122 points on a field goal percentage of 47%.
In the 2022-2023 season, the Knicks dominated the Celtics with a record of 3-1. The games between the two teams had a high-scoring average of 237.8 points. Furthermore, the Knicks also had an impressive ATS record of 3-1 against the Celtics in that same season.
Last season, the Knicks and Celtics did not face off head-to-head. When looking back over the last three times these two teams have played, the Celtics have the leg up at 2-1. However, against the spread the Knicks went 2-1. The over/under record in these matchups was 1-2 on an average of 228 points per game. The last three times, the Knicks have matched up against the Celtics on the road, they are 2-1 vs. the spread.
How to Bet Celtics vs. Knicks in New York
As the underdogs with a spread of +7, we recommend going with the Knicks on the point spread. We not only see them covering the spread but also have a strong likelihood of winning this one outright, especially if you’re seeking a higher payout on the moneyline. Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 219.5, and our model predicts the Knicks and Celtics to score a combined 219 points. We recommend betting on the under.
- SportsBettingNY ATS Prediction: Knicks +7
- SportsBettingNY OU Prediction: Under 219.5