Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks Prediction, NBA Odds

Nik Kowalski | Updated Jan 06, 2022

Both the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks have an 18-20 record ahead of their clash on Thursday — the first of their home-and-home that concludes Saturday in Boston.

January 06, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
New York
Pointspread -2 -115
Moneyline -134
Over / Under o +207.5


Betting Action


Pointspread +2 -105
Moneyline +112
Over / Under u +207.5


Betting Action


The pair of games will be the final two this regular season between these historic clubs.

Boston’s playing Thursday on a back-to-back, falling versus San Antonio last night by a score of 99-97. New York last took the court at home versus Indiana and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 104-94 win.

Tip-off at Madison Square Garden goes at 7:30 p.m. EST. New York’s opened as a 1.5-point home favourite with the over-under set at 210.5 on the NBA odds.

Celtics vs. Knicks January 6th NBA Betting Odds

Failing to take advantage of the home court has hurt the Knicks this year as they stand 8-11 at MSG in 2021. Meanwhile Boston’s struggled on the road in 2021 with wins in seven of 19 games and losses in five straight. The over has hit in seven of those 19 games as well.

Head-to-head, the Celtics have the upper hand with 10 victories in their last 14 versus New York and eight of 11 at New York. But this season the Knicks are 1-0 against Boston at home, winning their season opener 138-134 in a double overtime thriller. In the win, Julius Randle posted a team-high 35 points to go with nine assists and eight rebounds.

Boston Celtics

Wednesday’s loss was Boston’s fourth in their last six games, dropping them to 10th in the East a.k.a. the final play-in spot. Jaylen Brown led all scorers on the court in Boston Wednesday with 30 points and now has 80 points in two games this month. Brown’s 50-point outing last Sunday was a career high as the former third-overall pick is back averaging over 24 points a game this season. His scoring average is second on the Celtics.

Team leading scorer Jayson Tatum returned to action Wednesday and finished with 19 points after missing four games in COVID protocol. Either Brown or Tatum has led Boston in scoring in 16 of their last 17 outings.

New York Knicks

New York got Randle and Mitchell Robinson back Tuesday when hosting Indiana and it made a big difference with Randle finishing with 30 points and 16 rebounds and Robinson eight points and rebounds apiece. Canadian guard R.J. Barrett led all scorers with 32 points on 12 of 20 shooting — reaching his first 30-point night since December 7.

Point guard Kemba Walker missed a fourth straight game for the Knicks with a knee injury. Walker was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week on December 27 and averaged just under 20 points game in his six games played in December. Walker is listed as questionable for Thursday.

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