Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Madison Square Garden
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The Boston Celtics travel to Madison Square Garden to play the New York Knicks on Tuesday, February 2, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 3 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 206.5.
The Celtics come into this game with an overall record of 27-22 and a road record of 13-12. They are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of 4.1 as they are averaging 104.8 points per game while giving up 100.7 per contest. Boston is 6-5 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 20-15. They are 7-3 in their last 10 games. The Knicks have an overall record of 23-27 and a home record of 14-11. They currently are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 99.4 points per game and surrendering 101.2, good for a point differential of -1.8. New York has a division record of 6-3 and a conference record of 15-17. In their last 10 games they are 3-7.
Isaiah Thomas comes into this contest averaging 21.5 points per game while playing 32.2 minutes per night so far this season for the Celtics. He pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game and dishes out 6.6 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 89%. Avery Bradley averages 15 points per game in 32.7 minutes per contest this season. He averages 2.1 assists per contest and 2.6 rebounds per game for Boston. His field goal percentage is 44% for the year while his free throw percentage is 78%.
Carmelo Anthony averages 21.3 points per game while playing 34.6 minutes per contest this year for the Knicks. He grabs 7.6 rebounds per game and has 4.1 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage currently is at 83%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 13.9 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 28 minutes per contest. He also averages 7.7 rebounds per contest and 1.2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Boston averages 104.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 5th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is 4.1 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 24th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 25th in the league. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.3 assists per game which ranks them 7th and 5th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 12th with 14.3 per game. The Celtics allow 100.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 43% shooting percentage and a 32% average from behind the arc ranking them 4th and 3rd in those defensive categories. Opponents average 55.8 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.2 assists per contest which puts them in 2nd place in the league. They force 17.1 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the league.
New York averages 99.4 points per game this year which ranks them 21st in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them sitting in the 22nd spot in the league. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 22nd in the NBA. They average 52.2 rebounds per game and 20.6 assists per contest which ranks them 14th and 22nd respectively. In the turnover department the Knicks rank 6th with 13.5 per game. The Knicks allow 101.2 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 15th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 11th and 8th in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 53.2 rebounds a game which ranks 21st and they give up 20.4 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. The Knicks force 12 turnovers per game which ranks them 29th in the NBA.
The Celtics average 105.5 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 112.7 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of 3.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is 7.3 per contest. The Celtics have an offensive rating of 105.8 and a defensive rating of 101.6. In terms of pace they average 98.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 49%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 31% of their shots. Boston turns the ball over an average of 12.6 times per 100 possessions and they force 15.1 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 48%.
The Knicks score 101.8 ppg at home and they have averaged 96.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of -4.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 0.7 points per game. The Knicks rating on offense is 105.3 and they have a defensive rating of 107.2. They get 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 48%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 25% of their shot attempts. New York turns the ball over on 12.5 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 11.1 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 26-22-1 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 24-24-1 against the over/under
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 29-21-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 25-24-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Injuries
No key injuries to report
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
02/01/16 PG Jose Calderon Groin doubtful Tuesday vs. Boston
Tony's Pick: Take Boston
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