At 8:30 ET, the 1st place Boston Celtics (-268) will travel to Madison Square Garden to take on the 4th place New York Knicks (+216). The Celtics are currently on a 7 game winning streak and have a record of 44-12. The Knicks are 34-22 and are 2nd in the Atlantic Division.

This Eastern Atlantic Division matchup can be seen on ABC and the over/under line is currently sitting at 224 points.

BOSTON CELTICS VS NEW YORK KNICKS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Boston Celtics -7

This game will be played at Madison Square Garden at 8:30 ET on Saturday, February 24th.

WHY BET THE BOSTON CELTICS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 152-107 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.3% and knocking down 19 threes.

Will the Celtics Live Up to Expectations on the Road?

The Celtics come into today’s game against the Knicks as the favorites (-7). This season, Boston has been favored in 53 of their 56 games and has a record of 42-11 as the favorite.

Boston has won seven straight games and is in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 44-12. In non-conference games, they are 13-6 compared to 31-6 against the East.

On the road, the Celtics are 18-9 this season and have won seven straight games away from home. Their average scoring differential on the road is +6.6 points per game.

In their last game, the Celtics defeated the Bulls by a score of 129-112. The O/U line for that game was 223.5, and Boston covered the spread (-8.5).

This season, the Celtics have an O/U record of 28-28, and their games have averaged 231.4 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 224.

Boston’s ATS record for the season is 25-28, and they have covered the spread in their last two games. On the road, they are 11-14 ATS, while their overall road record is 18-9.

Heading into their matchup with the Knicks, the Celtics are 5th in the NBA in scoring at 120.8 points per game. In terms of three-point shooting, Boston leads the league with 16.4 made threes per game. However, they are just 18th in assists at 26.2 per contest.

On the road this season, the Celtics are averaging 119 points per game, which is 4th in the NBA. Overall, Boston’s field goal percentage is 12th in the league at 48%. In terms of pace, the Celtics are 16th in the NBA at 98.4 possessions per game.

So far this season, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 71.4% of their games. In terms of free throws, Boston is 17th in made free throws at 17.5 per game.

Boston’s defense has been playing well, ranking 5th in the NBA with 110.6 points allowed per game. The Boston defense has allowed opponents to shoot 34.8% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 44.9% of their field goal attempts vs. Boston.

Will the Knicks Win at Madison Square Garden?

Today, the Knicks are 9-15 as the underdog this season and have gone 11-13 against the spread in those games. As the underdog, they have an average scoring differential of -2.5 points per game.

Looking at their ATS record for the season, the Knicks are 32-24 overall and have failed to cover the spread in their last four home games. At home, they are 16-11 ATS.

New York’s O/U record for the season is 22-33-1, and 29 of their 56 games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 224. On average, their games have scored 224.1 points.

In their last game, the Knicks defeated the 76ers by a score of 110-96. They were 1-point underdogs going into the game and easily covered the spread. The O/U line for that game was 228.5.

With a record of 34-22, the Knicks are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference. Against other Eastern Conference teams, they are 23-12 and 7-3 against division opponents.

At home this season, the Knicks are averaging 114.2 points per game, which is 21st in the NBA. Overall, New York is 18th in the league in scoring at 114.4 points per game. In terms of pace, the Knicks are the slowest team in the NBA, averaging just 95.9 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Knicks are 13th in the league in both three-point attempts and makes. On the season, New York is shooting 37% from beyond the arc. In terms of two-point shooting, the Knicks are 24th in the NBA at 53%.

So far this season, the Knicks have outscored the NBA scoring average in 46.4% of their games. In terms of free throw shooting, New York is 14th in both free throw attempts and makes. When it comes to offensive rebounds, the Knicks are 3rd in the NBA.

This season, the Knicks’ defense is the 3rd ranked defense in the NBA at 3rd PPG. So far, they have held opposing offenses below the NBA scoring average in 67.9% of their games. Opponents are hitting 54.4% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 36.6% of their three-point attempts.