The 25-14 New York Knicks will travel to face the 20-21 Boston Celtics in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Boston is scheduled for 8PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.
The NBA odds in this pro basketball game are lined at a pick with the total coming in at 188 points. So far no movement on the side of the total since the odds came out a few hours ago.
The teams went head to head on January 7th and it was the Celtics with the 102-96 road win against the Knicks as a +7 ½ point underdog. The total came in at over 191 ½ points. Trend: Boston Celtics are 0-4 ATS in their past four games.
New York is 11-8 on the road this season. The team has lost four of their past six games following an 88-85 home loss on Monday to the Brooklyn Nets as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The total came in at under 193 points. The Knicks shot just 40% from the floor in the loss with 6 of 21 from three. They lose the game on the glass as they pull down 15 less rebounds than the Nets. Carmelo Anthony had 29 points and 7 assists on 11 of 29 shooting. With the injury to point guard Raymond Felton we continue to see the Knicks slide defensively as their offensive shooting percentage has reduced. He is due back to the lineup on Saturday following a broken pinkie.
The Celtics are 13-8 on their home court. They return home from a two game road trip with four straight losses. After 15 point loss at Detroit the Celtics are defeated on Tuesday at the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-90 as a -5 point betting favorite. The total came in at under 190 ½ points. In the four losses the Celtics has averaged just 88 points a game. Boston shoots just 38% from the floor in the loss to the Cavs. They give away the game with 18 turnovers despite pulling down 9 more rebounds than Cleveland. Rajon Rondo led the club with 17 points and 13 rebounds on 7 of 17 shooting. Despite coach Doc Rivers calling out the Celtics players following Sunday’s loss the team was not able to beat a bad Cleveland team. Boston now ranks 23rd in the NBA in scoring offense and 25th in the league from beyond the arc.