Knicks vs. Celtics Prediction
Will the Boston Celtics be able to dominate their rival, the New York Knicks, when the two teams meet up tonight at 8PM ET?
701 New York Knicks at 702 Boston Celtics
Thursday, December 6, 2018
8PM ET – TD Garden
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Boston is the clear favorite in this game, as the Celtics are getting odds of -13 points against the Knicks. The over/under total for the contest is currently listed at 217.5 points. The public betting currently has 64 percent going on the Celtics at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Knicks still struggling
The New York Knicks are coming off a 110-107 loss to the Wizards at home on Monday. They have lost three of their last four games. The Knicks are 8-17 overall, 4-10 on the road, 13-11-1 against the spread and 14-11 with the over. New York has covered in six of its last eight games.
New York is struggling on both sides of the ball this year. The defense is giving up 114.4 points per game while allowing opponents to shoot 47.4 percent from the field. Offensively, the Knicks are putting up 108.9 points per game while shooting just 43.8 percent from the field. The Knicks have been without Kristaps Porzingis all season due to a knee injury and third-leading scorer Trey Burke is currently out with a knee injury as well. Tim Hardaway Jr. is leading the Knicks this year with 22.1 points per game while Enes Kanter is adding 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per contest.
Boston heating up
The Celtics are coming off a 118-109 win at Minnesota back on Saturday for a third straight victory. Boston is now 13-10 overall, 6-3 at home, 10-13 against the spread and 13-10 with the over. The Celtics have covered the spread in three straight games.
Boston has been lockdown on defense this season, allowing just 104.1 points per game. They hold their opponents to only 44 percent shooting from the floor, which is best in the NBA. Offensively, the Celtics are posting 108.5 points per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor. Kyrie Irving is leading the team with 22.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game. Jayson Tatum is adding 16.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Knicks have covered the spread in four of their last five games against a winning team and in six of their last eight when allowing more than 100 points in their previous games.
The Celtics are 20-6 against the spread in their last 26 home games and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games.
The Knicks have covered in both meetings with the Celtics this season, including a game in Boston. They were double-digit dogs in each case, yet had competitive battles with both. The Celtics aren’t winning with offense, so I see them struggling to pull away from the Knights tonight. Boston has been off for five days and that could lead to a little rust in the beginning of the game and allow the Knicks to stay competitive throughout.
NBA Prediction: New York Knicks +13