NY Knicks (4-13) vs Boston Celtics (9-8)Date : 11/21/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : TD Bank Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
NY Knicks vs Boston Celtics
Two teams both on losing streaks will meet on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time as the New York Knicks will travel to TD Bank Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, to battle the Boston Celtics. The Celtics are coming into this matchup losers of two straight after a 117 – 112 set back on the road versus the Charlotte Bobcats in their last time out as Kyrie Irving shot 12 for 25 from the field for 27 points along with five rebounds and 11 assists, the Bobcats’ Kemba Walker continued his hot streak by scoring 43 points on the night while going 7 – 13 from 3-point range.
The New York Knicks, on the other hand, are losers of their last five games as they were winless in a three-game road trip while ending with a 131 – 117 road loss versus the Orlando Magic. In this outing, the Knicks shot 46% from the field while getting 32 points from Tim Hardaway Jr; however, New York also allowed Aaron Gordon to score 31 points for the night while Nikola Vucevic had 28 points in the game to lead the Magic to victory.
NY Knicks's Latest Performance :
Much like the Boston Celtics, the New York Knicks come into this game on a losing streak. On the other hand, there are not many additional ways that one could attempt to make these clubs look more similar as Boston certainly has the more talented team while Hardaway along with Enes Kanter seems to be the only options that the Knicks have with Kristaps porzingis being out until February with a knee injury. Nonetheless, the offense for the Knicks has struggled as a result as they are ranked 20th in the league in points scored per game with 107 while they are also shooting 43% per game from the floor.
As stated, Tim Hardaway Jr has been the shining light in a sea of darkness for the Knicks as he has been able to put up 24 points per game in what has been an awful start to the season. Also, Enes Kanter, leads the team in rebounds with 12 boards per game. And while their offense has certainly played inconsistent basketball thus far, their defense has been just as worse in ranking close to last within each major defensive category in the league. With that being the case, the Knicks will certainly need to hunker down on the defensive end in which to give themselves a much better chance to pick up wins moving forward. They will get this chance against a Boston Celtics squad that possesses a huge amount of talent yet has struggled lately.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
The Boston Celtics continue to be up and down on the season as they now find themselves in a position to where they desperately need a much-needed victory. Their offense has been as much a catalyst for their losing recently as Kyrie Irving and Company have not been able to maintain any type of consistency over long periods of time in which to rack up some wins. Irving would certainly come to play in their last match up in scoring 27 points along with dishinig out 11 assists on the night, however the Celtics defense was once again the culprit in this matchup as they allowed the Hornets to shoot 48% from the field as well as 36% from 3 point range for the night as Kemba Walker was the player of the game with 43 points total for Charlotte.
Nonetheless, Celtics defense is ranked in the top 10 in every major defensive category in the league and will certainly look to regain its footing versus a struggling New York Knicks team that has also gone through his fair share of offensive issues and concerns thus far in the season.
How NY Knicks & Boston Celtics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
New York is 7-9-1 ATS while the OU is 10-7
Boston is 6-11 ATS while the OU is 8-9
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Boston survived New York at Madison Square Garden in their last match up in late October by picking up a 103 – 101 win. With that being said, the Knicks have indeed had success offensively while facing the Boston Celtics recently. It is for this reason that New York may indeed have a chance in which to keep this game close. Nonetheless, the Boston Celtics will surely bring their A game in which to pick up a win while halting their current losing streak. And while the offense for Boston is struggling most, look for them to attempt to pick things up a bit while pushing the pace in the meantime in hopes of exposing defensive vulnerabilities by the Knicks.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Boston Celtics
My reason for the pick :
Look from the Celtics to right the ship in this contest versus the New York Knicks as they will certainly play much better on both ends of the court after a sobering two-game losing streak. Look for Irving to continue to ensure that his teammates are getting involved while making his shots as well. On the other hand, the Knicks will struggle throughout the game yet Hardaway and Kantor will keep them close for as long as possible; however, the Celtics will indeed grind out a hard-fought victory in this matchup as they certainly need some positive momentum moving forward.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
With the Knicks playing horrible defense at this point in time I will look for the Boston Celtics to come out of their slump in winners fashion in this matchup as they will have a decent night on the offensive end en route to a convincing victory over the Knicks. On the other hand, look for Hardaway Jr to also come out shooting for the Knicks as he has proven to be the only true scorer that can light it up on a consistent basis. It all, the over is indeed the strongest pick in this instance.
Betting trends for NY Knicks:
- Over is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Over is 5-0 in Knicks last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
Over is 4-0 in Knicks last 4 road games.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Boston Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Wednesday games.
Under is 8-2 in Celtics last 10 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.