|NBA Knicks vs. Celtics Picks & Predictions for January 24, 2013|
|Written by ATSSportsline.com|
|Thursday, 24 January 2013 15:00|
Knicks vs. Celtics Free Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed the Knicks as 1-point favorites versus the Celtics, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 188 points. New York enters play with a 25-14 record and Boston is 20-21 overall.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Knicks opened as a 1-point favorite and the line has either remained at that number or jumped up to 1.5 depending on the sports book. As for the total, it opened at 192 and has dropped down to 188.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the current wagers placed on tonight’s game, 65% of NBA public bettors currently favor the Knicks. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided to get the most updated public betting numbers.
NBA FREE PICK: Take New York. According to latest NBA trends, the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings. Knicks are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 17-6-1 ATS in their last 24 games following a S.U. loss and are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. Boston is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Eastern Conference and is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
This media might highlight what was said between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett during and after the last time the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics met. But the real issue is that the Celtics are struggling big-time. On Jan. 7, on-court bickering led to technical fouls for both players in the final minutes of Boston's 102-96 victory Jan. 7 at Madison Square Garden, and Anthony attempted to confront Garnett multiple times after the game as well. Anthony ended up being suspended for one game for his off-the-court actions following that defeat, which began the current stretch of four losses in six games for the Knicks (25-14). But they bounced back with wins over Detroit and New Orleans before falling to the Nets. Boston is on the verge of a season-worst fifth straight and it's not like they are losing to elite clubs. The Celtics fell 95-90 at last-place Cleveland on Tuesday and also have double-digit losses to sub-.500 teams New Orleans and Detroit during their skid. They'll fall again to Anthony, who will be focused for a big-time game against Garnett, who will be trying to get in his head again.
2013 NBA FREE PICK: NEW YORK KNICKS -1