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New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics - 1/28/14

Boston Celtics (15-31) at New York Knicks (17-27)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Madison Square Garden)

The Line: New York Knicks -6 -- Over/Under: 196 See the Latest Odds


Tuesday night will feature a classic rivalry between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Well, the rivalry has certainly seen better days but it should still be fun to watch. Especially with the Knicks finally starting to play with a little confidence.

Thanks to Carmelo Anthony and his combined 97 points, New York has won two straight in what feels like forever.  The team has topped 100 points in three straight games and is playing with a little swagger as of late. The problems remain on defense, however, allowing teams to shoot 48 percent in the last five games is not going to cut it. Getting Tyson Chandler back on the floor was supposed to help, but the Knicks have allowed more than 100 points in six of their last seven games.

New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics - 1/28/14

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Boston, of course, hasn’t been much better, losing five of their last six. Point guard Rajon Rondo is still working his way into the lineup, but he doesn’t have much to work with from a talent standpoint. The Celtics are averaging less than 95 points per game on the season and are shooting just 27.6 percent from downtown in their last five games.

I can’t make this stuff up, folks.

Boston has beaten New York in four of its last five meetings, which includes the first two matchups this season. But it seems like this is a different New York team that is finally starting to get healthy with Raymond Felton and Chandler back on the floor. It also helps that Anthony is simply playing out of his mind.

I’m a little concerned with eating a lot of chalk with a Knicks team that has been so up-and-down, but it feels like a better bet than expecting a depleted Boston team keeping up in Madison Square Garden.

I’ll take New York, but I’ll be biting my nails throughout the entire game. 

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