The early game tonight in the NBA playoffs features the New York Knicks taking on the Boston Celtics. The game at TD Garden in Boston, MA, is scheduled to start at 8:00 PM ET, and will be televised on ESPN.
In Game 1 of this series, the Knicks relied on an 8 point fourth quarter from Boston to win, 85-78. In that one, the Celtics covered the spread as 7 ½ point road underdogs, with the total going UNDER the 189 ½ point line. In Game 2, the Celtics scored just 23 points in the second half, and lost 87-71, with the Knicks covering the spread as 6 ½ point home favorites and total going OVER the 189 ½ point line that was set.
New York is 6-1 ATS on the road against teams with a winning record at home, and 5-1 ATS against the Atlantic Division. They are 4-1 ATS on Friday night, and 8-2 ATS on the road. They are 16-5 ATS against Eastern Conference opponents, and 21-7 ATS overall lately. They are 2-7 ATS in the Conference Quarterfinals.
The total has gone OVER in all 4 of the Knicks’ recent games against Atlantic Division teams, and UNDER in 5 of their last 6 games overall. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 6 against Eastern Conference opponents, and UNDER in 4 of their last 5 in the Conference Quarterfinals. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 against teams with a losing record overall.
Boston is 4-1 ATS coming off of a SU loss, and 7-2 ATS following a road trip of at least 7 days. They are 6-2 ATS on Friday, and 13-5 ATS at home. They are 13-6 ATS against teams with a winning record, and 1-5 ATS against the Atlantic Division.
The total has gone UNDER in all 4 of the Celtics’ recent Conference Quarterfinals games, and UNDER in all 5 of their recent games against teams with a winning record. The total has gone OVER in 4 of their last 5 on Friday, and OVER in 5 of their last 7 games overall. The total has gone OVER in 7 of their last 10 games at home, and OVER in 5 of their last 7 against Eastern Conference opponents.
Between these teams, the Knicks are 4-1 ATS lately, and 5-1 ATS when playing in Boston. The road team is 10-4 ATS in this series. The total has gone UNDER in all 5 of their recent meetings, and UNDER in 5 of their last 6 matchups in Boston.
For tonight’s game, the Celtics are listed as 3 point home favorites. The over/under is set at 183 points.
Our take: we give the Celtics a 51% chance to win the game on the moneyline. Neither of the teams has a strong edge to cover the spread. Check out our basketball betting system now.