New York Knicks Vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Preview

New York Vs Boston NBA Betting Preview

Written by on December 26, 2015

We are fast approaching the New Year, which is usually the time when teams in the NBA start to take a serious look at where they are and what they need to do to get better for the second half of the season. The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are both on the outside looking in at the playoffs right now, and need something good to happen soon. These two will hook up on Sunday, December 27 at the TD Garden. Tip-off for this NBA odds match is set for 7 PM EST on NBA TV.

New York Knicks Vs Boston Celtics NBA Betting Preview

This is one of those games that is fun to bet on because you really have to dig deep into the numbers to see who will have the edge in what is sure to be a close one. Neither team is playing very well at the moment, making this one very tricky indeed. The odds will be made available soon, so check back to to see where your money should go for this one.    

Why bet on the New York Knicks

At 14-16, the New York Knicks are sitting 3 games off the pace being set by the final seed in the Eastern Conference. They are also 2.5 games back of the Boston Celtics in the Atlantic Division, and know that they need to start cutting into those deficits. The good news for the Knicks this season is that they are a perfect 4-0 SU in division play. The downside here, though, is that they are just 4-6 in their last 10 games, and have now lost 2 straight after winning 4 in a row. The Knicks have been good against the spread so far this season, going 18-12-0. They have been particularly good on the road at 11-4-0 ATS. They are right down the middle in the OVER/UNDER at 14-15-1, although the over has hit in 5 of their last 6 games. The Knicks are averaging 97.9 PPG, and are giving up 99.0 PPG.

Why bet on the Boston Celtics

In years past, a 16-13 record in the Eastern Conference at this stage of the season would be good enough to have a team sitting comfortably in a playoff spot, but not this year. The Boston Celtics are carrying that record, but find themselves sitting in 9th. They are just 5-5 in their last 10 games, but have won 2 in a row after posting a 3-game losing skid. Boston is 16-12-1 ATS, but do a better job of covering on the road than they do at home. The Celtics have a 14-15-0 OVER/UNDER record, but the OVER has been more prevalent on home court, coming up 9 times in 15 games. Boston is averaging 103.3 PPG, and are giving up 99.1 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The key to the Boston Celtics winning on a consistent basis is to keep their opponents under 100 points, as they have a 15-2 record this season when they do that. This plays into their favor here with the Knicks not exactly what you would call an offensive powerhouse.

My Pick: New York Knicks 98 Boston Celtics 102