On Thursday evening, the Boston Celtics are hosting the New York Knicks in Massachusetts.
The Boston Celtics made a valiant effort, but they failed to finish off the New York Knicks in an overtime thriller at TD Garden.
After a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, the C’s woke up to erase a 13-point deficit and force OT. They had their chances to close out the win, but late-game miscues including a pair of missed free throws from Jaylen Brown sealed their fate, a 120-117 defeat.
These teams have met 553 times previously, with the Celtics winning 60.8% of those games. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET from TD Garden, where the Celtics are 18-5 this season. The latest Knicks vs. Celtics odds have Boston as an 8.5-point favorite, and the over/under is 221.5. Before you make any Celtics vs. Knicks picks and NBA predictions, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s advanced computer simulation model.
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Why the Knicks can cover
Boston is scuffling a bit, not only having lost its last two but having failed to cover in each of its last four games. The team will be down reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Smart, and Boston is just 1-4 ATS over its last five games without Smart. The Celtics also struggle to generate turnovers, ranking 29th in the league in steals per game and 25th in turnovers forced per game.
Meanwhile, the Knicks boast the best ATS road record this season (16-8). The team is incredibly balanced offensively, as Julius Randle, Jalen Brunson and RJ Barrett all average over 20 points per game. And as is the case with most Tom Thibodeau-coached teams, these Knicks bring it defensively and hold opponents to the third-lowest 3-point percentage in the NBA, neutralizing one of Boston’s best assets.
Celtics can’t close
The Celtics struggled mightily to start the fourth quarter, which was highlighted by more late-game turnovers that helped them go down 13 points with about six minutes left in the frame. But thanks to a late surge led by Tatum, they had their chance to escape TD Garden with an improbable victory.
Tatum dropped 11 in the quarter to help force overtime, though he failed to come through with the buzzer-beater at the end of the regulation. The momentum from the fourth briefly carried over to OT, but poor defense on Barrett’s go-ahead 3 followed by Brown’s missed free throws put the nail in the coffin. Tatum had only two points in the overtime period.
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