Knicks vs Celtics Basketball Picks & Predictions
New York is on the road playing Boston at the TD Garden stadium on Thursday, 1/26/2023 @ 7:30pm EST. Boston -6.5 was the opening favorite and line hasn't moved.
New York Team Statistics
The New York Knicks have a 26-23 record so far this season. The team averages 114.1 points per game (14th in the league) while shooting 45.7% from the field. As a team, the Knicks are shooting 34.5% on 3-pointers (588 of 1,705) and 77.2% from the charity stripe. This season, New York has pulled down 47.3 boards per game and handed out 1,106 assists, which is 27th in the NBA. The team turns the ball over 13.2 times per game and commits 20.6 fouls per game.
The Knicks force 13.0 turnovers and draw 21.4 personal fouls per game on defense. They are surrendering 34.5% on 3-pointers and rank 9th in the league in points per game allowed (112.1). As a team, the Knicks allow 45.2% shooting (1,973 of 4,362) and 44.0 rebounds per game. For the season, they have conceded 1,210 assists to their opponents, which is 16th in the NBA.
With a power ranking of 2, New York is ranked #14 in offense (scoring an average of 114.31 per game), #10 in defense (allowing an average of 112.29 points to be scored against them per game) and are 26-23 (25-22-2 ATS) this season.
Boston Team Statistics
On the season, Boston is 35-14. They rank 14th in the league when it comes to offense, hitting 47.4% of their shots from the field. For the season, Boston has scored 5,764 points (117.6 per game) and collected 44.5 boards per game. They dish out assists 26.6 times per game (6th in basketball) and lose possession 13.6 times per game through turnovers. Each game, the Celtics commit 18.9 personal fouls and hit 82.9% of their free throws.
With 112.0 PPG surrendered, the Celtics are 8th in basketball. Each game, they force 13.0 TOs and allow teams to shoot 46.8% from the field (10th in basketball). Boston's defense is allowing 35.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter (569 of 1,592), and opponents are connecting on 78.0% of their free throws. The team allows 22.7 assists and 43.7 rebounds per game, which is first and 16th, respectively.
Celtics has a power ranking of 1 and are #2 for offense (scoring an average of 118.10 per game), #9 for defense (giving up an average of 112.29 points per game) and 35-14 (25-23-1 ATS) overall. New York went 2-1 (2-1 ATS) in their last 3 matchups against Boston.
Curated Picks & Predictions
- Based on the current lines, Oddsmakers predict the score to be NY 119.25, BOS 106.25.
- 56% of SportsJaw players predict Boston Celtics to cover.
- OddsShark has not made their prediction yet.
- split down the middle on Covers.com
- SportsJaw's ScoreCaster prediction: Knicks 98 to Celtics 124.
This should be a good matchup between 2 playoff hopefuls in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks are currently 7th in the Western Conference standings and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. New York is getting a huge contribution from free agent signing Jalen Brunson this season, averaging 22 points per game. The Celtics are currently 1st in the Eastern Conference standings but have lost their last 2 games. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have established themselves as one of the best duos in the NBA. With the Celtics playing at home, I expect them to take care of business and win this one and cover the 6.5 points.
Staff Pick BOS ATS (-6.5)
Written by SportsJaw Staff
Categorized as NBA Predictions
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Too many points here for teams that know each other well. Knicks also play well at home and are very well conditioned to keep up with the Celts. This is a great line. Make some $ I'd take this all the way down to +7
The Celtics have a slightly better offense and both teams have a compariable defense. The Celtics won more games straight up and against the spread over their last 3 matchups. Adjusted score predictions based on power rankings and strength of schedule: Knicks 112 to Celtics 117.
- SG Evan Fournier Is downgraded to OUT Thursday vs Boston, Personal
- C Mitchell Robinson Is out indefinitely, Thumb
- C Al Horford Is upgraded to probable Thursday vs New York, Back
- SF Danilo Gallinari Is out indefinitely, ACL
- PG Marcus Smart Is out indefinitely, Ankle
- SF Jaylen Brown Is upgraded to probable Thursday vs New York, Leg
- PG Malcolm Brogdon Is upgraded to probable Thursday vs New York, Personal
After crunching 8 relative data points, our relative predictions model has a 63% confidence Celtics will cover the spread - view the New York vs Boston infographic for details on this prediction.