Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Prediction, 2/27/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks
Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Boston (-5)
The New York Knicks are hosting the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on Monday. New York opens this contest as 5-point underdogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total comes in at 232.
The Celtics took the court against the 76ers and took home the win by a score of 110-107 in their last game. Boston ended the contest with a 50.0% field goal percentage (43 out of 86) and buried 16 out of their 37 shots from 3-point land. At the free throw line, the Celtics buried 8 of 12 shots for a percentage of 66.7%. When discussing rebounding, they collected 44 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 20 dimes for the matchup as well as creating 10 turnovers and earning 6 steals. When it comes to the defense, Boston allowed the other team to shoot 44.9% from the field on 35 out of 78 shooting. Philadelphia totaled 19 assists and had 8 steals for the contest. Moreover, Philadelphia had 42 boards (8 offensive, 34 defensive) and got 4 blocked shots. Philadelphia shot 80.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 28 of 35 shots. They made 9 of 26 attempts from three-point range. In reference to personal fouls, the Celtics walked away with 22 while the 76ers accumulated 13 personal fouls.
Jaylen Brown is a player who came through in this contest. He accumulated 26 points on 10 out of 21 shooting. He saw the court for 37 minutes and also totaled 4 boards. Brown ended up going 47.6% from the field and also dished out 3 dimes.
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Boston enters this one with a win-loss record of 44-17 so far this season. They average 118.1 points per game (3rd in the NBA) while hitting 47.6% from the field. The Celtics are connecting on 38.0% on 3-pointers (975 of 2,568) and 82.5% from the free throw line. As a team, Boston is snagging 45.2 boards per game and has racked up 1,609 assists this year, which is 6th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 13.5 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 19.0 personal fouls every game.
On defense, the Celtics are forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and they draw 19.4 personal fouls. They are ranked 4th in basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,401 surrendered for the year. The Celtics defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 46.7% (2,564 of 5,490) and they relinquish 43.4 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are conceding 35.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 8th in the league in PPG allowed (112.1).
In their last game, the Knicks walked away with a victory by a final of 128-106 against the Pelicans. In regard to how they attacked the glass, New York allowed New Orleans to collect 39 overall (13 offensive). They finished 21.1% from 3-point land by going 8 of 38 and walked away from this one shooting 18 of 21 at the free throw line (85.7%). The Knicks permitted the Pelicans to make 40 of 102 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 39.2% in this game. When this game wrapped up, the Knicks shot 45 out of 88 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.1%. Regarding three-point shots, New York made 19 of their 48 attempts (39.6%). They were able to bury 19 of them for a percentage of 82.6%. The Pelicans were called for 15 fouls for the game which took the Knicks to the charity stripe for a total of 23 tries. They coughed up the ball 19 times, while recording 1 steal in the matchup. The Knicks recorded 43 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards for a total of 54 for the matchup.
Julius Randle was important for the Knicks in the game. He converted 11 of 20 for the contest giving him a rate of 55.0%, and had 7 rebounds. Randle accumulated 28 points in his 33 mins of playing time and had 5 dimes in this game.
New York has a mark of 35-27 for the campaign. The Knicks are committing 20.8 fouls per game and they connect on 77.2% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 22.4 times per game (30th in the league) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.8 times per contest. New York has 7,117 pts so far this season (114.8 per game) and they average 47.0 rebounds per game. As an offensive team, the Knicks are hitting on 46.2% from the field, which is 24th in the NBA.
The New York defense gives up 34.6% from downtown (798 of 2,304) and opponents are converting on 77.4% of their foul shots. They concede 24.7 dimes and 43.2 boards on a nightly basis, which is 11th and 14th in the NBA. The Knicks on defense are ranked 9th in the league in points allowed per game with 112.2. They have forced 12.6 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.5% from the field (3rd in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Boston (-5)
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