New York Knicks at Boston Celtics NBA Picks & Predictions 1/31/2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
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The New York Knicks head to TD Garden to take on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. The opening line for this game has Boston as 8.5 point favorites.
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The Knicks head into this matchup with a mark of 22-28. They are 4th in the Atlantic Division. They currently have a point differential of -1.2 as they are averaging 105.0 points per contest while giving up 106.2 per game. The Celtics have an overall mark of 36-15. They currently are 1st in the Atlantic Division. They are averaging 103.1 points per contest and giving up 98.8, which is a point differential of 4.3.
Valuable New York Knicks Betting Trends
The New York Knicks are 26-24-0 against the spread
The New York Knicks are 27-22-1 against the over/under
Important Boston Celtics Betting Trends
The Boston Celtics are 30-19-2 against the spread
The Boston Celtics are 25-25-1 against the over/under
Key New York Knicks Injuries
01/29/18 C Enes Kanter Mouth is probable Tuesday vs Brooklyn
Key Boston Celtics Injuries
10/17/17 SF Gordon Hayward Ankle is out indefinitely
01/26/18 SG Marcus Smart Hand is out indefinitely
Enes Kanter comes into this game averaging 13.8 points per contest while playing 25.4 minutes per night so far this year. He grabs 9.9 rebounds per contest and distributes 1.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 60% while his free throw percentage is 87%. Kristaps Porzingis averages 23.1 points per contest in 32.8 minutes per game this year. He averages 1.2 assists per game and 6.7 rebounds per contest for New York. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 81%.
Jayson Tatum has scored 13.5 points per contest while playing 31 minutes per game this season for the Celtics. He hauls in 5.5 rebounds per contest and has 1.4 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is at 82%. Kyrie Irving averages 24.9 points per game this year and he's on the court an average of 33 minutes per game. He also brings in 3.7 rebounds per game and 5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 49% and his free throw percentage is 88%.
Useful Team Statistics
New York averages 105 points per contest this year, which is 18th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -1.14 and their shooting percentage is 47% as a unit, which has them ranked 7th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 44.1 boards per contest and 23.3 assists per game, which ranks them 13th and 10th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 9th with 15.3 per game. The Knicks allow 106.2 points per contest which is 17th in the NBA. They also surrender a 45% shooting percentage and a 36% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 15th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 41.6 rebounds a game which ranks 5th, and they allow 23.1 assists per game which puts them in 18th place in the league. They force 13.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 6th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Boston is 23rd in the NBA with 103.1 points per contest this season. They are 23rd in the league in shooting at 45%, while their average scoring margin is 4.29. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 9th in the league. They are 10th in the NBA in rebounding with 44.3 boards per contest and 21st in assists per game with 22. The Celtics are 20th in turnovers per contest with 14.1. The Celtics give up 98.8 points per game, which ranks them 2nd in the league. Their defense is surrendering a 43% shooting percentage and a 33% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 1st and 1st in those defensive statistics. They rank 3rd with 20.2 dimes allowed per game and 23rd with 44.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Celtics are 11th in the league in forcing turnovers with 14.4 per contest this year.
The Knicks are 13th in the league in defensive rating with 109.2, and their offensive rating of 108.1 is ranked 10th. They are 19th in the NBA in pace with 96.2 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 14th. As a unit they are 13th in the league in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 25% of their shot attempts, ranking 30th in the NBA. New York is 10th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.9 times per 100 possessions while forcing 12.5 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 52%, which is 21st in the NBA.
Boston is 18th in the league in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 13.1 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.2 on defense. Their defensive eFG% for the year currently is 49%, which is 30th in the NBA. The Celtics are 16th in the league in defensive rating with 102.5, and their offensive rating of 107 is ranked 30th. They are 20th in the NBA in pace with 96 possessions per 48 minutes, and their eFG% of 52% is 15th. As a unit they are 17th in the league in true shooting percentage with 55% and they shoot 3-pointers on 38% of their shot attempts, ranking 4th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's Knicks/Celtics NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take New York +8.5
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