Celtics vs. Knicks Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Andrew Rogers | Updated Oct 26, 2019

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Kemba Walker had 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting against the Raptors while chipping in with six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots.

October 26, 2019, 7:30 PM ET
Madison Square Garden
New York

After playing close games Friday night, the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks could be forgiven for looking a little sluggish as they square off Saturday at Madison Square Garden. But while the Celtics head into the first of four regular-season meetings with New York buoyed by a gutty 112-106 win over the NBA-champion Toronto Raptors, the Knicks are looking for answers after a spirited comeback fell just short in a four-point loss to Brooklyn.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Knicks are 5-point underdogs for their 2019-20 home opener, which isn’t surprising given the perceived talent gap between the teams. And it also won’t come as a shock to know that New York has covered just 20 of its previous 62 home games dating back to the middle of the 2017-18 season. But the Celtics are in cover purgatory themselves; Friday marked their first cover in seven games, and they’re 0-3-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last four games on zero days of rest.

The total for Saturday’s encounter is on the low side at 215, though both teams surpassed that number in their respective Friday outings. And we weren’t kidding when we suggested that both teams might struggle here; the Celtics have posted four consecutive Unders on zero days’ rest, while the Knicks are 7-1 to the Under in their past eight games on the back end of games on consecutive nights. The Under is also 4-1 in the last five meetings between the teams at MSG.

Boston Celtics

Kemba Walker is slowly settling in as the Celtics’ new franchise point guard – and while his shot is still very much a work in progress, he did show plenty of improvement vs. Toronto compared to his season opener. Walker had 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting against the Raptors while chipping in with six rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Most importantly, he had plenty of help, with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum each adding 25 points apiece in the win.

New York Knicks

They’ll show up as back-to-back losses in the standings, but the Knicks asserted themselves well in hard-fought losses in San Antonio and Brooklyn. But if New York hopes to end its six-year playoff drought, it will need to take much better care of the ball than it did against the Nets. New York turned the ball over a staggering 26 times in the loss, with Julius Randle (six) and rookie R.J. Barrett (five) the worst offenders. Barrett has eight turnovers in two games.

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