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(0-2) New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics (1-2)
Date: Tuesday October 24
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 209
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Tuesday, October 24 finds Atlantic Division rivals entering their second week of play in the 2017-18 regular season for the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Both squads had tough starts to their campaign with the Knicks going winless and the Celtics suffering a huge blow when Gordon Hayward was seriously injured in his first minutes with his new team.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Celtics winning three of the four contests. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Knicks 287 of their 467 matches.
New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis has fully taken over as the main man in the Mecca. The man dubbed the Zinger is averaging 32 points and 8.t rebounds. Given the lack of depth up front in Boston this match offers an opportunity for Kristaps to register an easy double-double.
Beyond Porzingis the Knicks are struggling to put up offense and rumors are swirling they’ll take a shot at landing Suns disgruntled point guard Eric Bledsoe. To that end, rookie PG Frank Ntilikini won’t play in tonight’s match as he continues to nurse an ankle sprain.
Enes Kanter has seemingly fit into his new team averaging close to a double-double (13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds). However, the guards and wings aren’t producing at the level required to push the Knicks into the win column and remain a priority fix for Coach Jeff Hornacek.
Surprisingly the Knicks haven’t been pushing pace (rank 24th) – an area of the game most expected Hornacek would attempt to employ. Nor are the quad fairing well in any of the key categories as their 25th offensive rand and 23rd defensive rank demonstrates.
As the Knicks progress the mandate needs to be centered on building an identity and figuring what system can net results with their current roster.
Entering the season most pundits had the Celtics finishing first in the East and returning to the Conference finals. Flash forward to the opening game of 2017-18 and Gordon Hayward’s horrific injury.
That’s how quickly a team’s narrative can change. Boston should still be playoff bound, but their seeding is far more precarious now.
Kyrie Irving’s transition to his new team has been seamless, albeit without Hayward his role changes slightly with the need for extra production and distribution. Through three contests Irving is averaging 20 points, 4.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Marcus Smart missed the last outing with an ankle sprain and remains a game time decision..
As Coach Brad Stevens figures out how to move forward without Hayward his mandate appears to be defensively focused. In the early season the Celtics rank 10th defensively and 24th offensively. With only four returning players the Celtics will need time to mesh and build chemistry.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 6-4 ATS in their last10
- Celtics are 8.2 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free New York Knicks vs.Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
Expect the Boston Celtics to keep the New York Knicks among the teams searching for their first win. Despite several youngsters being in the mix, Boston simply have too much firepower for the Knicks to contend with.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics – 8.5
This game has blowout potential with the Celtics getting an early lead and maintaining it throughout. To that end, expect the Celtics to capitalize on the Knicks porous defense and take the match 115-95.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 115 – Knicks 95
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