The NBA Playoffs start out tonight with the first game of the Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks series. The game at Madison Square Garden in New York City is scheduled to start at 3:00 PM ET, and will be televised on ABC.
The Celtics are 41-40 SU and 36-42-3 ATS so far this season. They are 14-27 on the road, and are coming off of a 114-90 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. In that game, they lost against the spread as 6 point road underdogs, and the total went OVER the 195 point line that was set. Before that, they had a 120-88 win over the Orlando Magic, and covered the spread as 4 ½ point road favorites. The Celtics are 4-6 ATS over their last ten games.
The Knicks are 54-28 SU and 46-34-2 ATS overall this year. They are 31-10 at home, and enter this game off of a 98-92 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. In that one, they won against the spread as 5 point home favorites, with the total going UNDER the 194 point line that was set. Prior to that, they suffered a 106-95 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, losing against the spread as 1 ½ point road underdogs. The Knicks are 8-2 ATS over their last ten games.
Boston is 4-0 ATS on Saturday, and 0-4 ATS against the Atlantic Division. They are 12-5 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 3-8 ATS on the road. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their recent games overall, and OVER in all 4 of their recent road games. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their recent games against Eastern Conference opponents, and OVER in 12 of their last 15 against teams with a winning record.
New York is 4-0 ATS against the Atlantic Division, and 5-0 ATS at home against teams with a losing road record. They are 10-1 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 20-6 ATS overall lately. They are 46-21 ATS at home. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games at home, and UNDER IN 4 of their last 5 home games against teams with a losing record on the road.
Between these teams, the Celtics are 1-4 ATS lately, and 5-2 ATS when playing in New York. The road team is 9-3 ATS in this series.
For tonight’s game, the Knicks are listed as 7 point home favorites. The over/under is set at 189 ½ points.
Our take: we give the Knicks a 76% chance to win this game outright, and a 57.79% chance to cover the spread. We predict the total to go OVER, with 55.81% confidence. Click here to read about our NBA betting system for all of today’s games!