New York Knicks (8-17) at Boston Celtics (13-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday December 6, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Celtics -13 -- Over/Under: 216.5
The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics meet Thursday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The New York Knicks look for another victory after splitting their last eight games. The New York Knicks are averaging 108.9 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 114.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 22.1 points and 3.1 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 14.9 points and 11.8 rebounds. Trey Burke is the third double-digit scorer and Emmanuel Mudiay is dishing 2.6 assists. The New York Knicks are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free throw line. The New York Knicks are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.9 rebounds per game. The New York Knicks have lost six of their last eight road games.
The Boston Celtics could also use a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 108.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 104.1 points on 44 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 22.2 points and 6.4 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.3 points and 6.6 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won five of their last seven home games.
The Knicks are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Celtics are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings. The over is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 overall. The over is 6-2 in Knicks last 8 road games.
The Boston Celtics are playing their best stretch of basketball currently where they're outscoring teams by 13.6 points and shooting 48.8 percent from the field in their last five games. However, the Boston Celtics are just 2-5 ATS this season when favored by at least eight points. The New York Knicks have been able to sneak in some wins recently and four of the last five games against the Celtics have been decided by single digits. I'm just not ready to lay big numbers with the Celtics until I see a larger sample size of them turning things around.