Celtics Finally Getting in Gear Just in Time for Knicks
Two familiar Atlantic Division foes will meet again this Thursday when the Boston Celtics (13-10 SU, 10-13 ATS) host the New York Knicks (8-17 SU, 13-11-1 ATS). It’s already their third game of the season; they split the previous two straight up, but the Knicks covered both times.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, TNT, NBCS Boston
LINE: Celtics -13.5; O/U: 217.5
Boston may finally be getting out of the funk they have been in. It has kept them well behind the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic race.
Head coach Brad Stevens has shuffled his lineup by bringing in Gordon Hayward off the bench as a sixth man. He has tried different players in the starting five.
The Celtics are 4-3 SU and ATS since making the change to Hayward coming off the bench. Jaylen Brown, who’s day-to-day with a bruised tailbone, could also join the bench mob when he makes his return.
The Knicks are last in the Atlantic Division. They’ve performed admirably without Kristaps Porzingis. He has yet to make his season debut after undergoing knee surgery in February.
Lance Thomas (knee) remains out indefinitely. Courtney Lee (neck) and Trey Burke (knee) are listed as day-to-day.
The Knicks are 4-4 SU and 6-2 ATS over their past eight games. That includes a 117-109 win over Boston as 14.5-point road dogs.
PREDICTION: Celtics 110, Knicks 102
NBA Betting Odds & Trends
|New York Knicks|
|The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games|
|New York is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 6 games|
|The Knicks are 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|New York is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games on the road|
|The Knicks are 4-13 SU in its last 17 games when playing Boston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing Boston|
|The Knicks are 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 7 games when playing on the road against Boston|
|The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games|
|Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston's last 7 games|
|The Celtics are 16-5 ATS in its last 21 games at home|
|The Celtics are 17-4 SU in its last 21 games at home|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games at home|
|Boston is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games when playing New York|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing New York|
|The Celtics are 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against New York|
|The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 7 games when playing at home against New York|