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(17-13) Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks (16-13)
Date: Sunday December 25th
Time: 12:00PM EST
Venue: Madison Square Garden – Manhattan, New York
NBA Moneyline Odds: Celtics -110, Knicks -110
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -1
NBA Betting Total: 211
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Christmas is a time for giving, family and renewed NBA rivalries. This year, two old Eastern Conference foes will battle it out as the Boston Celtics travel to the Big Apple to take on the New York Knicks.
Boston has been streaky over the last two weeks. They lost three in a row early in December before going on a four game win streak. The streak was just snapped by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday, but the Celtics hope that they can end the trend on Christmas.
The Knicks have won two games in a row coming into this one. They defeated the Indiana Pacers 118-111 on Tuesday and handled the Orlando Magic 106-95 two days later. They are currently in 5th place in the East but could take the 3rd spot from the Celtics with a win.
The Celtics were on a very impressive tear before Friday’s loss to the Thunder. Dating back to the 16th, they beat four playoff caliber teams, three of which were on the road.
They also put up a very impressive fight against Oklahoma City, but in the end, Russell Westbrook was too much for them to contain. They led early on in the game but fell behind going into the fourth quarter. Led by Isaiah Thomas, the Celtics did make a run late but their 3-point defense was atrocious, and the run fell short.
Boston comes into this game ranked 13th in the league in scoring offense with 104.7 points per game. They rank 26th in rebounding with 42 and 3rd in assists with 24.6 per contest. The Celtics rank 14th in scoring defense, allowing 103 points per game.
Isaiah Thomas leads the Celtics with 27 points plus 6.3 assists per game. Avery Bradley puts up 17.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists a night. Al Horford has proved to be a nice addition, contributing 15.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.
New York Knicks
The Knicks have been one of the most improved teams in the Eastern Conference in 2016. Porzingis has continued to progress, and Derrick Rose has been rejuvenated in his new home.
After losing three games in a row on a tough West Coast road trip, they have gotten back to their winning ways since returning home. They put on an impressive display of team basketball against the Orlando Magic on Thursday and had six players scoring in double-digits in the win.
New York ranks 11th in the league in scoring, averaging 105.3 points per game. They are 3rd in the league in rebounding with 45.8 and 14th in assists with 22.1 per contest. The Knicks rank 25th in scoring defense as they allow 107.6 points per game.
Carmelo Anthony leads New York with 22.5 points plus six boards per game. Kristaps Porzingis averages 19.9 points and 7.6 rebounds a night, and Derrick Rose contributes 16.8 points and 4.4 assists a game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 6-0-1 ATS in last 7 road games against winning teams
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in last 5 games
- Knicks are 3-7 ATS in last 10 games after SU win of more than 10 points
Free Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks NBA Prediction:
These are two of the best teams in the East, and both have been playing well lately. Both are able to put points on the board, but the Knicks defense has been flat-out bad at times. While the Celtics can’t exactly brag about their defense, it is certainly better than the opposition’s and that could be the difference in what should be a tight game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics -1
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 107 – New York 104
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