A battle of Atlantic Division teams takes place on the hardwood up in Beantown. The New York Knicks are on the road as they travel to face the Boston Celtics Thursday night. New York fell 110-107 at home to the Wizards Monday night. Boston beat the Timberwolves 118-109 on the road in their last game Saturday night. The Celtics own a 291-182 advantage in the all-time regular-season series but the teams have split two meetings this season. In the last meeting, the Knicks took a 117-109 win here on November 21.
New York Knicks Look to Get Back on Track
New York battled but ended up falling short as they were knocked off by the Wizards at home. The Knicks now look to take down the Celtics for the second straight time. New York led by six after the opening quarter and by nine at the half before getting outscored 34-19 in the third quarter. The Knicks were unable to dig their way out of the hole late in the game. New York shot 41.1 percent from the field and hit 12 of 34 three-point attempts but turned the ball over 16 times to negate a 55-38 rebounding disadvantage. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for the Knicks with 20 points in the loss. New York is 7-6-1 ATS on the road this season and the over is 8-6 in those contests.
The Knicks are 19th in the league in scoring as they average 108.9 points per game. New York is 11th in the league in rebounding with 45.9 boards per contest while standing 29th with 19.1 assists per game. The Knicks are 26th in scoring defense as they allow 114.4 points per game. Tim Hardaway Jr. leads the team with 22.1 points per contest. Enes Kanter is solid in the low block with 14.9 points plus 11.8 boards a night, Damyean Dotson chips in 11.7 points plus 4.6 rebounds a contest and Trey Burke adds 12 points with three assists per game. Mario Hezonja, Emmanuel Mudiay (11.7 points), Allonzo Trier (11.3 points), Frank Ntilkina, Noah Vonleh, Ron Baker and Lance Thomas have to step up offensively. Thomas had knee surgery and is expected to miss at least a month. Burke is out indefinitely with an MCL sprain. The Knicks are 28th in field goal percentage as they shoot 43.8 percent as a team. New York is tied for 23rdwith 10 threes per game while ranking 22nd in three point shooting as they hit 34.4 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc.
Boston Celtics Seek Fourth Straight Win
Boston has been off since Saturday as they took down the Timberwolves on the road, giving them a nice break. The Celtics try to make it four straight wins and take down a division rival in this contest. Boston owned a three-point edge after the opening quarter, extended the lead to nine at the half and found themselves tied in the fourth quarter. The Celtics ripped off a 9-0 run to regain control and took the victory. Boston shot 47.1 percent from the field and knocked down 17 of 44 three-point attempts in the game. Gordon Hayward led the way for the Celtics with 30 points, nine rebounds and eight assists off the bench in the win.
The Celtics are 21st in the league in scoring offense with 108.5 points per game. Boston is 12th in the league in rebounding with 45.8 boards per game and stand 8th with 24.9 assists per contest. Boston is elite on the defensive end: they are 5th in scoring defense, allowing 104.1 points per game. Jayson Tatum is second on the team with 16.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per contest. Kyrie Irving (22.2 points, 6.4 assists), Marcus Morris (14 points, 6.4 boards), Gordon Hayward (11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds), Jaylen Brown (11.1 points) and Al Horford (12.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists) are all contributing in the first quarter of the season. Terry Rozier, Aron Baynes, Marcus Smart and Daniel Theis are also looked at to chip in on both ends for Brad Stevens. The Celtics are 22nd in field goal percentage as they shoot 44.5 percent from the floor as a team. Boston is 3rd in three pointers per game with 13 per night while the team is tied for 10th in three-point percentage as they hit 35.9 percent from beyond the arc. Brown is probable with a back issue.
- Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
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