New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics - 12/1/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (13-5) at New York Knicks (4-15)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +7.5 -- Over/Under: 209.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks duke it out at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.
The Boston Celtics have been in great form as they've won 13 of their first 18 games of the season, but they are coming into this one looking to bounce back after falling short against the Nets in a 112-107 road loss on Friday. Jayson Tatum led the team in scoring with 26 points with nine rebounds and four steals, Kemba Walker added 17 points with six assists on six of 19 shooting while Marcus Smart chipped in with 15 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 44 percent from the field and nine of 28 from the 3-point line which is usually good enough to get past a shorthanded Nets team, but there was just no stopping Spencer Dinwiddie who drained six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 32 points for the Nets.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in terrible form as they've won just four of their first 19 games of the season and they will be hoping to put a halt to a five-game skid after falling short against the 76ers in a 101-95 home loss on Friday. Julius Randle led the team in scoring with 22 points, 10 rebounds and four assists, Marcus Morris Sr. added 20 points while RJ Barrett chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Knicks shot 43 percent from the field and eight of 20 from the 3-point line as they shot out of the gates to an early 13-point lead, before getting run down in the second half where they were outscored by 62-44.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 5-2-2 ATS in their last nine against the Eastern Conference, 0-3-1 ATS in their last four against a team with a losing record and 0-2-2 ATS in their last four games against a team below .400. The Knicks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 13-28 ATS in their last 41 home games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games against a team with a winning road record.
Head to head, the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings, the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the Celtics are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in New York.
The Celtics were in great form as they were aiming for a third straight victory before getting stopped by the improving Nets in their last outing. The Knicks have continued to struggle this season, but they're capable of the upset with streaky players like Barrett, Morris and Randle. However, the Celtics have been one of the most consistent teams in the league and they are 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings in New York, so I'm sticking with the Celtics in this one.
Peter’s Pick Boston -7.5
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