NBA Betting News and Notes Monday, January 7

NBA Betting News and Notes Monday, January 7

NBA Game Of The Day: Celtics at Knicks
By Covers.com

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks (-7, 193)

The New York Knicks have been resting comfortably atop the Atlantic Division for much of the season. The Boston Celtics know that spot all too well, considering they've won the division title in each of the last five years. New York hasn't owned the Atlantic since 1993-94, but Carmelo Anthony will look to continue his scoring surge on Monday when the rivals meet for the first time this season at Madison Square Garden.

Anthony fueled a fourth-quarter comeback by scoring 16 of his 40 points in the session as New York posted a 114-106 victory over Orlando on Saturday. The Knicks have won two in a row - as have the Celtics, who benefited from Rajon Rondo's second triple-double this season to secure an 89-81 victory over Atlanta on Saturday. Rondo had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

ABOUT THE CELTICS (16-17): The road hasn't been kind for coach Doc Rivers' club, which had dropped three in a row prior to defeating Atlanta. The Celtics will make the short trek to the Big Apple before returning to Beantown, where it will remain for five straight games. Forward Paul Pierce, who averages 23.6 points in his career versus New York, erupted for a season-high 43 in a 118-110 loss to New York on April 17.

ABOUT THE KNICKS (23-10): Anthony registered his second career triple-double in last April's contest - going for 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. The superstar insists that his team isn't concerned with Boston, which sits seven games back in the standings. "We don't even think about them," he said. "No disrespect or anything. We're focused on ourselves." The Knicks seemed to be pretty locked in on that regard, as they toughened up defensively to stymie San Antonio on Thursday before overcoming an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to the Magic on Saturday.

TRENDS:

* Celtics are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games.
* Knicks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games following a win.
* Under is 6-1 in Celtics’ last seven overall.
* Celtics are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in New York.

BUZZER BEATERS:

1. The game will feature Rondo versus veteran Jason Kidd. Rondo leads the league by averaging 11.3 assists per game. Kidd, who will be 40 in March, has averaged 8.9 per game in his career.

2. New York swingman J.R. Smith is averaging 23.8 points in his last eight games - a full seven points higher than his season average.

3. The teams split their four-game series last year - with the home club winning every game.

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NBA: Streaks, Tips, Notes
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Boston Celtics at New York Knicks

The Boston Celtics have won two in-a-row. Boston's latest victory came in Atlanta Saturday as Doc Rivers' club walked off 89-81 winners over the Hawks. The New York Knicks also head into the contest on a two game win streak having defeated Spurs 100-83 and most recently Magic by a 114-106 tally. This heated rivalry has been all Boston of late as C's have won 13-of-16 encounters (7-9 ATS) with Knicks. However, this just does not look like a spot Boston can grab. C's are on a 6-11 (5-11-1 ATS) skid away from Boston averaging 92.6 points/game, Knicks are on a 13-3 (10-6 ATS) tear on home court netting 103.6 per/contest. Knicks with Anthony back on the floor will run away with this game as they would love nothing better than to show their long time rival who's tops in the division. Stick with New York knowing Knicks are on a perfect 12-0 SU/ATS streak at home off a single road game and that C's are on a 2-8 ATS slide last ten away, 1-6 ATS skid following an ATS win the previous game.

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Monday’s NBA Betting Guide
By: The Linemakers
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Celtics-Knicks headlines Monday’s NBA schedule, which features a total of seven games for your betting pleasure. Here are some key trends and injuries to consider as you make your wagering decisions.

Lines are from the LVH SuperBook as of about 9:30 a.m. PT.

NBA trends:

* The Thunder have covered six of their last seven games on Mondays and four of their last five games overall. The Wizards have covered four of their past five games against teams with a winning record. The Thunder are 10.5-point road favorites with a total of 193.

* The Celtics have covered only four of their last 13 games. The Knicks have covered only three of their last eight games, but have covered two in a row coming in tonight. The Celtics have covered four of their last five in New York. The Knicks are -6 with a total of 193.

* The Cavaliers have covered their past four road games. The Bulls have covered only four of their last 16 games following a win. The favorite has covered the last six meetings between the Cavs and the Bulls. The Bulls are -8.5 with a total of 186.5.

* The Spurs are 15-5-2 ATS in their last 22 games against teams with a winning percentage below .400. The Hornets have covered their past four Monday games, and the Spurs have failed to cover their last four in New Orleans. The Spurs are 8-point road favorites with a total of 193.5.

* The Mavericks have covered four of their past five on the road. The Jazz have covered four of their last five coming off a loss of 10-points or more. The Mavs and Jazz have gone OVER the total in their last five meetings. The Jazz are -5 with a total of 197.5.

* The Grizzlies have failed to cover their last four games following a win. The Kings have covered their last four home games. The Grizzlies and Kings have gone OVER the total in five of their past six meetings. The Grizzlies are 3.5-point road favorites with a total of 189.

* The Magic have covered their last four Monday games, as well as their past road five games against teams with a winning home record. The Blazers have covered four of their last five games. The Blazers are -6.5 with a total of 191.

NBA injuries:

* Knicks guard Raymond Felton (finger) is OUT.

* Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (knee) is probable.

* Cavs forward Anderson Varejao (knee) is OUT.

* Kings guard Marcus Thornton (ankle) is doubtful.

* Kings guard Tyreke Evans (knee) is probable.

* Magic forward Glen Davis (shoulder) is OUT.

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