The New York Knicks will travel to the TD Garden on Wednesday night to take on the Boston Celtics in an Atlantic Division matchup. This will be the second of three games that these teams will play against one another. They played in Boston back on Jan 17 where the Knicks dominated with a 105-75 road win. The New York Knicks are eighth in the Eastern Conference with a 25-26 record. They are coming off a 114-112 road loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. The Boston Celtics are seventh in the Eastern Conference with a 25-25 record. This will be the second half of a back-to-back as they played against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
These teams are comparable on the defensive side of the floor so it will be interesting to see which offense can get hot. Let’s take a deeper dive into the matchup to decide where we should be placing our wagers. PUBLISHED BEFORE FIRST GAME
All Star RandlePower forward Julius Randle of the New York Knicks has taken one of the biggest steps that any player has taken this season. He is averaging 22.9 points, 10.8 rebounds, six assists, and 0.9 steals in 37 minutes per game. He is shooting well as he is 46.4 percent from the floor, 40.9 percent from beyond the arc, and 79.3 percent from the free-throw line. In his last game against the Nets, Randle played 39 minutes and finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 12 assists, a block, a steal, and five turnovers. If he can continue his great performance and cut down on the turnovers, the Knicks will be very happy.
The New York Knicks are the top-rated defense so far this season as they are giving up 104.1 points per game. In their game against the Brooklyn Nets, they allowed 114 points on 40-of-86 (46.5 percent) from the floor, 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and 22 free-throw attempts. If they can figure out how to defend some of the open shots, they should be even better here.
Tatum Bouncing BackSmall forward Jayson Tatum has been leading the offense for the Boston Celtics so far this season. He is averaging 25.2 points, seven rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 35.4 minutes on the court. He is shooting around his career numbers as he is 45.3 percent from the floor, 37.9 percent from the three-point line, and 86.4 percent from the charity stripe. In his last game against the Hornets, Tatum played 28 minutes and finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. If he can figure out how to replicate this performance, it will do wonders for the Celtics.
A big run during the second quarter by Philly put us in a hole that we couldn't crawl out of Tuesday night. https://t.co/0elpcDbM6C— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 7, 2021
The Boston Celtics have a above-average defense in the league at this point as they are giving up 110.6 points per game, which is 10th in the NBA. In their last game against the Charlotte Hornets, they allowed 86 points on 32-of-80 (40 percent) from the floor, 10-of-31 (32.3 percent) from beyond the arc, and shot 20 free-throws. It’s hard to win a game where you are continuously sending your opponent to the free-throw line.