The New York Knicks (5-4) travel to face off against the Boston Celtics (7-2) on Monday, November 13th. This game will be played at TD Garden in TD Garden and televised on NBCS. Both team’s come into this one having won their previous games. Tip-off is set for 7:30 ET.
Knicks vs Celtics
The Knicks Are Coming Off A Win
The Knicks took down the Hornets in their most recent game with a final score of 129-107. As the second half got underway, the Knicks were leading by a score of 64-54.
Today’s game sees the Knicks aiming to stay above .500, with their current record at 5-4 after nine games. The team is presently 7th in the Eastern Conference and 3rd in the Atlantic division.
New York is currently performing above .500 against the spread with an ATS record of 7-2. In their three most recent home games, New York has covered the spread and they are 4-1 ATS at home compared to 3-1 on the road.
The Celtics Are Coming Off A Win
Jaylen Brown led Boston with 29 points against the Raptors, the highest on the team. He finished with a field goal percentage of 54.7% in the game. The Celtics picked up a 117-94 win, and Jayson Tatum also added 27 points which was 2nd on the team.
The Celtics head into today’s action with an overall record of 7-2 and have gone 3-0 over their previous three games. The Eastern Conference sees the Celtics currently at 2nd, and in the Atlantic division, they are 2nd.
Against the spread, Boston is .500 so far this season with a mark of 4-4 ATS. Boston has covered the spread in three straight home games and are 3-1 ATS at home compared to 1-3 on the road.
Knicks Offense Breakdown
New York has recorded an average of 109.6 points per game (25th) throughout nine games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Knicks are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.7 per contest. Right now, the Knicks offense is in search of answers, as not only do they tend to play at a slow pace, but they are just 29th in effective field goal percentage.
Celtics Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Celtics’ offense is rated 5th in the league in scoring, averaging 120.2 points per contest. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.8 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 17.8 made free-throws per game.
Knicks Team Defense
This season, the Knicks defense has been impressive, holding the 2nd position in the league while permitting an average of 103.2 points per contest.
Inside the arc, the Knicks defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 54.0% and 34.0% from three-point territory.
Celtics Team Defense
Coming into today’s game, the Celtics’ defense is giving up an average of 106.8 points per contest.
The Boston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.1% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 43.6% of their field goal attempts vs. Boston.
Key Players For The Knicks And Celtics
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Jalen Brunson will be the primary scorer for the Knicks, with 16 points and going 6/12 from the field. For the season, he has been averaging 22.2 points per game, in addition to 3.3 rebounds.
On the other side, Jayson Tatum is our projected leading scorer for the Celtics. We have him ending the game with a team-high 17 and grabbing 6 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 52% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 27.7 points per game.
Knicks vs Celtics Trends
- In their last ten games away from home, the Knicks have a straight up record of 4-6 while going 6-4 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 100 points per game in these contests.
- Through their last five home contests, the Celtics offense has averaged 114 points per game while allowing an average of 109. Boston posted an overall record of 3-2 while going 1-3-1 ATS.
- Going back to their last ten games as the underdog, the Knicks have a straight up record of 2-8. But, their mark vs the spread was just 5-4-1.
- In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Celtics have a straight up record of 3-2, while going 2-2-1 against the spread.
Knicks vs Celtics Prediction
For a point-spread bet in this Celtics vs. Celtics matchup, we’re leaning towards the Knicks at +9. Although our projections show the Celtics winning 112-104, we suggest placing your bet on the Knicks for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 221, and our model projects the Knicks and Celtics to reach a combined total of 216 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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