Boston Celtics at New York Knicks
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)|
Madison Square Garden
New York City
The Line: Boston -13.5
ESPN, NBSB, MSG
The New York Knicks play host to the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Friday night.
The Boston Celtics have been on a tear lately as they’ve won seven of their last eight games and they will be aiming for a third straight victory after blowing past the Hornets in a 126-94 win on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown led the team with 24 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, Jayson Tatum added 20 points while Terry Rozier steered the offense with 17 points and 10 assists. As a team, the Celtics shot a healthy 55 percent from the field and 12 of 29 from the 3-point line as they set the tone with 35 points in the first quarter before blowing the Hornets away in the second half where they outscored them by 63-35. With the easy win, Boston improved to 32-19 overall and 21-6 at home.
Meanwhile, the New York Knicks have been in a serious slump as they’ve lost 19 of their last 20 games and they will be hoping to snap an ugly 11-game skid after falling to the Mavericks in a 114-90 home loss on Wednesday. Kevin Knox led the team in scoring with 17 points while Trey Burke chipped in with 16 points but there wasn’t much scoring from anyone else as the Knicks shot just 41 percent from the field and six of 26 from the 3-point line. Tim Hardaway Jr. finished with just six points on two of 11 shooting but Enes Kanter played just nine minutes and finished with just five points. With the loss, New York dropped to 10-40 overall and 4-18 at home.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games against a team with a losing record and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a win of more than 10 points. The Knicks are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games following a loss, 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a loss of more than 10 points and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 against the Eastern Conference.
The Celtics may not be at full strength as Kyrie Irving's status for this game is still unclear, but that shouldn't matter against the slumping Knicks who just can't buy a win these days. the Celtics rolled the Hornets by 32 points on Wednesday and I think they stay hot with another big win at home.