Knicks vs. Celtics Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Apr 07, 2021

It took a little longer than most people predicted, but Julius Randle is finally starting to become an elite NBA player.  Randle is averaging team-highs in points per game (22.9), rebounds (10.8) and assists (6.0). 

New York
30-27
AT
April 07, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
30-26
Pointspread +3 -110
Moneyline +130
Over / Under o +208

35%

Betting Action

65%

Pointspread -3 -110
Moneyline -156
Over / Under u +208

35%

Betting Action

65%

There’s no rest for the Boston Celtics as they’ll be right back at it on Wednesday, after dropping a 106-96 decision to Philadelphia on Tuesday.  Up next for the Celts will be a home game against the visiting New York Knicks.  The Knicks are also looking to get back in the win column after ending up on the wrong side of a 114-112 final score against Brooklyn on Monday.  These teams are tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, boasting identical 25-26 records.

Boston opened as a 3-point favourite to win on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This will be the second of three meetings between these teams this year.  New York finished with a 105-75 blowout win against the Celtics in Boston on Jan. 17.  Julius Randle led the Knicks with 20 points, while Jaylen Brown had a game-high 25 points for the Celtics.

Outside of January’s win, New York has struggled against Boston, dropping eight of their last 10 games against the Celtics.  For the season, the Knicks are 29-21-1 against the spread.  They’ve covered in six of their last seven roads games, but only one of their last six games against Boston.  New York has failed to hit the Over in five of their last seven games.

The Celtics have been much more comfortable at home this season, going 15-10 at TD Garden.  They’re 24-27 ATS and have covered in 14 of 25 home games.  Boston has struggled to score consistently and has been an Under team in six straight games.

New York Knicks

It took a little longer than most people predicted, but Julius Randle is finally starting to become an elite NBA player.  Randle is averaging team-highs in points per game (22.9), rebounds (10.8) and assists (6.0).  He’s also coming off a triple-double against Brooklyn, finishing with 19 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists.  The biggest piece missing for New York on Wednesday will be Mitchell Robinson, who is out with a foot injury.  He’s the second-best rebounder on the team and he’s a valuable rim protector.  It’s worth noting, however, the Knicks have had pretty solid efforts over their last two games.  They blew out Detroit and were a late shot away from heading to overtime against Brooklyn.  There’s a lot at stake for New York in this game and that makes them a deceptively dangerous team.

Boston Celtics

After shipping out big man Daniel Theis at the trade deadline, Boston is left without much frontcourt depth outside of Robert Williams and Tristan Thompson.  Williams is having a solid year and is averaging 8.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and a team-high 1.8 blocks per game.  Thompson, however, has been out of the lineup since March 16.  Without Thompson, Boston has gone 5-7 and have been a bottom-third rebounding team.  The saving grace for the Celtics has been the trio of Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, although getting all three in the lineup at the same time has been difficult.  Boston has already dropped three of five games on their current seven-game homestand and a loss to a team they’re tied with in the standings would put the Celtics in a pretty tough spot in terms of playoff positioning.

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