New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Prediction, NBA Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Dec 18, 2021

The Boston Celtics have been comfortable on home court, winning seven of their last nine games at TD Garden.

New York
37-45
AT
December 18, 2021, 7:00 PM ET
TD Garden
Boston
51-31
Pointspread +5.5 -108
Moneyline +192
Over / Under o +209

42%

Betting Action

58%

Pointspread -5.5 -115
Moneyline -231
Over / Under u +209

42%

Betting Action

58%

It will be hardwood, not ice, at TD Garden on Saturday night as the Boston Celtics prepare to host the New York Knicks.  It’s a quick turnaround for Boston after dropping a 111-107 decision to Golden State on Friday.  The Knicks were last in action on Thursday, taking down the Rockets 116-103 in Houston.

The Celtics are 5-point favourites to win on the NBA odds, with a total of 210.5.

Knicks vs. Celtics NBA Betting Odds

New York has taken three of the last four meetings between these teams, including a 138-134 overtime win at Madison Square Garden back in October.  The total has gone Under in three of those last four games.  Sports Interaction bettors are taking the points in this one, siding with the Knicks at about a 66 per cent rate.  The Over/Under in almost a perfect 50/50 split.

The Knicks have hit a bit of a slide.  They’ve dropped four of their last five games overall, but the more concerning record is their five consecutive losses against teams in their own conference.  They’re 12-17 against the spread this season and have covered in four of their last five trips to Boston.  The total has gone Over in six of New York’s last nine games overall and four of their last five on the road.

Boston also comes into this game with losses in four of their last five games overall, but they’ve been better at home, winning seven of their last nine at TD Garden.  They’re 14-14-1 ATS for the year, including 5-6-1 ATS at home.  The total has gone Under in six of the Celtics’ last seven games against Eastern Conference teams.

New York Knicks

The Knicks took a big blow to the lineup on Friday with the loss of Immanuel Quickley to health and safety protocols.  Quickley was placed in COVID protocols just hours after scoring a game-high 24 points in New York’s win against the Rockets on Thursday.  The second-year player, who drained seven 3-pointers in the win, joins Canadian RJ Barrett, Quentin Grimes, Obi Toppin and Kevin Knox on the COVID list.  None of the five players will be available against Boston.

Barrett is averaging 15.1 points per game this season, second on the team only to Julius Randle.  Randle, last season’s Most Improved Player winner, averages team-highs in points per game (19.1), rebounds (9.8) and assists (5.2).  Along with Evan Fournier (12.4 ppg), Randle will need to shoulder the majority of the load against the Celtics because of the COVID losses and the absence of Derrick Rose, who will miss this game with an ankle injury.

Boston Celtics

Boston is also dealing with its fair share of COVID issues.  Al Horford and Grant Williams were both placed in COVID protocols before Friday’s loss to the Warriors, joining Sam Hauser, Jabari Parker and Juancho Hernangomez.  All five players are expected to be out of the lineup against the Knicks.  Dennis Schroder also missed Friday’s loss, but it was with a non-COVID illness, so there’s a possibility he plays on Saturday.  Schroder is averaging 17.1 ppg and 4.8 assists.

It was once again the duo of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown who led the way on Friday.  Tatum dropped 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Brown finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.  Tatum is averaging a team-high 26.2 ppg and 8.6 rebounds.  Brown averages 21.1 ppg and 5.4 rpg.

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