New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 1/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics
Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: New York (+6.5)
The New York Knicks (5-8) head to TD Garden on Sunday where they'll meet the Boston Celtics (8-3). Boston opens this game as 6.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 210.
The New York Knicks faced the Cleveland Cavaliers and took a loss by a final of 106-103 in their last game. New York walked away from the contest with a 48.8% field goal percentage (40 out of 82) and made 9 out of their 25 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Knicks knocked down 14 of 16 tries for a rate of 87.5%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they earned a total of 39 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 20 dimes in this matchup as well as getting 9 steals and 10 blocks. In terms of defending, New York let their opponent shoot 45.6% from the field on 36 out of 79 shooting. Cleveland distributed 26 assists and had 9 steals for the game. Moreover, the Cavaliers grabbed 48 rebounds (14 offensive, 34 defensive) and had 6 blocked shots. Cleveland finished the game at 73.5% from the free throw line by making 25 of their 34 tries. They made 9 of 27 attempts from beyond the arc.
Julius Randle is a player who was a major factor in this game. He recorded 28 points on 11 out of 20 shooting. He was on the court for 38:03 mins and snagged 6 rebounds. Randle finished 55.0% from the floor and recorded 6 assists. Another guy that played a role in this matchup for the Knicks was Immanuel Quickley. He grabbed 5 boards and tallied 4 dimes. He ended up shooting 52.9% from the floor in this matchup by shooting 9-of-17 (23 points). Overall, Quickley played for 27:33 minutes.
New York comes into this contest with a win-loss record of 5-8 for the campaign. They turn it over 15.1 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 20.2 fouls per game. As a team, New York is snagging 45.5 rebounds per game and has tallied 286 dimes this year, which is 16th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Knicks are shooting 35.1% on shots from distance (124 of 353) and 74.7% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 101.0 pts per game (29th in the league) while going 44.9% from the field. When they are on defense, the Knicks are forcing their opponents into 12.2 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 19.0 personal fouls. They are giving up 32.7% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 5th in the NBA in PPG allowed (106.3). The Knicks defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.1% (159 of 247) and they concede 45.2 boards per contest as a unit. They currently rank 20th in basketball in giving up assists to their opponents with 303 surrendered for the campaign.
In their last game, the Boston Celtics went home victorious with a score of 124-97 when they played the Orlando Magic. The Celtics were able to corral 39 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds for a total of 45 for the game. They also turned away 4 attempts while earning 7 steals for this contest. The Magic were called for 16 fouls for this contest which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for 19 attempts. They were able to make 17 of them for a percentage of 89.5%. When talking about shooting from beyond the arc, Boston knocked down 17 out of 42 tries (40.5%). Overall, the Celtics finished the game shooting 45 out of 88 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.1%. The Celtics permitted the Magic to knock down 38 of their 94 attempts from the field which had them at 40.4% in the game. They shot 25.0% from three-point range by hitting 7 out of 28 and walked away from this one shooting 14 of 22 at the free throw line (63.6%). In reference to rebounding, Boston allowed Orlando to pull down 46 in total (15 on the offensive glass).
Jaylen Brown ended up being important for the Celtics in this contest. He made 6 out of 12 for the matchup for a rate of 50.0%, which gave him 21 points. Brown collected 2 rebounds in his 25:01 minutes of time on the court and had 8 dimes for this contest. An additional guy who came through for Boston was Semi Ojeleye. He ended up walking away with 18 points in 20:29 mins on the hardwood via 6 of 10 from the floor in this game. Ojeleye ended up shooting 60.0% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 6 boards.
Boston has a mark of 8-3 this season. Boston has 1,254 points so far this year (114.0 per game) and they average 45.2 rebounds per game. The Celtics have committed 21.1 fouls per game and they hit 76.2% from the charity stripe. In terms of offensive execution, the Celtics are shooting 48.3% from the floor, which is 6th in basketball. They are assisting teammates 23.4 times per contest (22nd in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per contest. The Celtics on defense are ranked 13th in the league in points given up per game with 109.9. They are forcing 14.8 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 46.1% from the floor (17th in the NBA). The Boston defense gives up 36.0% on three-point shots (128 of 356) and opponents are knocking down 78.2% of their foul shots. They allow 22.3 assists and 41.5 rebounds every game, which has them ranked 3rd and 4th in basketball.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take New York (+6.5)
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