Knicks vs. Celtics - 3/27/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (31-40) at New York Knicks (14-58)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: New York Knicks +8 -- Over/Under: 193.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, MSG
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks play Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
The Boston Celtics look for a win after winning six of their last 10 games. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 100.7 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 19.8 points and 4.9 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 14 points and 3.1 rebounds. Brandon Bass is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Kelly Olynyk is shooting 46.7 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics are one of many teams in the East that’s fighting for two playoff spots, and they’re allowing 43.6 percent shooting in their last five games. The Celtics have won 10 of their last 11 games when allowing less than 100 points. The Celtics have also split their last 10 games on the road.
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The New York Knicks look to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, the Knicks are averaging 91.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 46 percent shooting. Jose Calderon is averaging 9.1 points and 4.7 assists while Andrea Bargnani is averaging 14.2 points and four rebounds. Langston Galloway is dishing 3.2 assists and Jason Smith is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The New York Knicks are shooting just 39.5 percent from the field in their last five games and have scored no more than 92 points in six of their last seven games. The good news for the Knicks is that five of their last seven victories have come on their home court. Tim Hardaway Jr. is expected to miss this game with a wrist injury.
The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The Knicks are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. Eastern Conference and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in New York and the road team is 17-8 ATS in the last 25 meetings.
The Celtics are fighting for a playoff spot and the Knicks can't wait for this season to end. Given the circumstances, I look for Boston to win this game by double digits.