Friday, March 4, 2016
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The New York Knicks travel to TD Garden to play the Boston Celtics on Friday, March 4, 2016. The opening line for this game has Boston as 9 point favorites and the over/under has been set at 210.
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The Knicks come into this game with an overall record of 25-37 and a road record of 10-19. They are 3rd in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of -2.8 as they are averaging 98.8 points per game while giving up 101.7 per contest. New York is 6-6 against division opponents and they have a conference record of 16-24. They are 2-8 in their last 10 games. The Celtics have an overall record of 37-25 and a home record of 21-10. They currently are 2nd in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 106.1 points per game and surrendering 101.7, good for a point differential of 4.5. Boston has a division record of 7-5 and a conference record of 25-16. In their last 10 games they are 7-3.
Carmelo Anthony comes into this contest averaging 21.5 points per game while playing 35.1 minutes per night so far this season for the Knicks. He pulls down 8 rebounds per game and dishes out 4.2 assists per game as well. His field goal percentage is 42% while his free throw percentage is currently at 82%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 14 points per game in 28.1 minutes per contest this season. He averages 1.2 assists per contest and 7.4 rebounds per game for New York. His field goal percentage is 43% for the year while his free throw percentage is 85%.
Isaiah Thomas averages 21.6 points per game while playing 32.3 minutes per contest this year for the Celtics. He grabs 2.9 rebounds per game and has 6.7 assists per contest on the year. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage currently is at 89%. Avery Bradley averages 15.3 points per game this season and he sees the court an average of 33.3 minutes per contest. He also averages 2.6 rebounds per contest and 2 assists per game. His field goal percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is 80%.
New York averages 98.8 points per contest this season which ranks them 25th in the NBA. Their average scoring margin is -2.8 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a team which has them ranked 25th. Behind the arc they shoot 34% which is good for 24th in the league. They average 52.1 rebounds per game and 20 assists per game which ranks them 14th and 26th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they rank 8th with 13.4 per game. The Knicks allow 101.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 12th in the league. They also allow a 45% shooting percentage and a 34% average from behind the arc ranking them 13th and 7th in those defensive categories. Opponents average 52.7 rebounds a game which ranks 20th and they give up 20.7 assists per contest which puts them in 5th place in the league. They force 11.5 turnovers per game which ranks them 30th in the league.
Boston averages 106.1 points per game this year which ranks them 4th in the league. Their average scoring margin is 4.5 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 33% which is good for 27th in the NBA. They average 53.5 rebounds per game and 24.7 assists per contest which ranks them 7th and 5th respectively. In the turnover department the Celtics rank 13th with 13.9 per game. The Celtics allow 101.7 points per game to their opponents which ranks them 13th in the league. They also allow a 44% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the arc ranking them 5th and 3rd in those defensive statistics. Opponents average 55.9 rebounds a game which ranks 30th and they give up 20.5 assists per contest which puts them in 3rd place in the league. The Celtics force 16.8 turnovers per game which ranks them 1st in the NBA.
The Knicks average 97.8 points per game on the road this season and they have scored 91.3 ppg in their past 3 contests. They have an average scoring differential of -4.1 on the road and in their past 3 games their difference is -7.7 per contest. The Knicks have an offensive rating of 104.9 and a defensive rating of 107.9. In terms of pace they average 93.4 possessions per 48 minutes and their effective field goal percentage is 48%. As a team they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they shoot 3 pointers on 25% of their shots. New York turns the ball over an average of 12.5 times per 100 possessions and they force 10.7 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 49%.
The Celtics score 106.3 ppg at home and they have averaged 105.7 points per contest in their last 3 games. They have an average scoring differential of 13.3 in their past 3 contests and at home this season they have a difference of 6.2 points per game. The Celtics rating on offense is 106.8 and they have a defensive rating of 102.3. They get 98.7 possessions per 48 minutes and they have an effective field goal percentage of 49%. As a unit they have a true shooting percentage of 53% and they attempt 3 pointers on 30% of their shot attempts. Boston turns the ball over on 12.2 out of every 100 possessions and their opponents average 14.8 turnovers per 100 possessions. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the year is 48%.
New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 32-30-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 30-31-1 against the over/under
Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 34-26-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 31-30-1 against the over/under
New York Knicks Injuries
12/30/15 F Cleanthony Early Knee out indefinitely
03/03/16 F Carmelo Anthony Personal probable Friday vs. Boston
Boston Celtics Injuries
02/18/16 C Kelly Olynyk Shoulder out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take Boston
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