Boston Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden to face New York Knicks in an exciting Eastern Conference matchup on Saturday night.
- The Knicks have lost three games on the spin to Eastern Conference rivals
- New York have huge problems with the lack of defensive meticulousness these days
- This is a great Over/Under line
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Tips
Boston Celtics -3.5 @ -110 (1.90)
Under 211.5 points @ -110 (1.90)
Analysis and Reason for Predictions
The Celtics are still in the top 8 in offensive ratings
Boston Celtics were on the wrong end of a thriller in Cleveland on Wednesday night, falling 114-113 to the Cavaliers in overtime.
Nevertheless, it was still an encouraging overall performance from the Celtics against such a strong rival on the road.
We have plenty of reasons to see Boston as pretty clear favorites here against the struggling Knicks.
The Celtics lost three of the last four affairs but they are still inside the top 8 teams in the NBA in offensive ratings.
Head coach Joe Mazzulla is well aware of all the faults present in the Knicks’ defense at the moment and there are no doubts he will know how to take advantage of these on Saturday.
The Knicks are struggling on both ends of the floor
New York Knicks will continue their daunting schedule on Saturday night when they take on Boston Celtics in one of the most exciting clashes of the evening.
Both teams are in the same boat having played tough outings against Eastern Conference hopefuls Philadelphia 76ers and Chicago Bulls respectively last night.
This will be the fifth straight tough match for the Knicks who have faced the likes of the Bucks, the Cavaliers, the Hawks, and the 76ers in the last four.
Tom Thibodeau can’t be satisfied with any segment of the game going into this tie. New York allowed 119, 121, and 112 points respectively in the previous three outings against Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Atlanta.
The home loss to the Hawks on Wednesday was particularly painful as Thibodeau’s men failed to ever cross the 100-point mark on the evening.
Brown & Tatum to exploit the Knicks’ defense
There is plenty to like about Boston Celtics here, namely because New York Knicks have been terrible defensively in their latest outings. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should have too much for the visitors here and we will back the Knicks to win in -3.5 points at the -110 odds. We will alternatively take the Over 211.5 points at the -110 odds.