Free NBA Pick: Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks

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Jordan Sharp

Sunday, December 25, 2016 1:59 PM GMT

The matinee game could have one of the quicker paces of the day. Both of these teams play little defense and allow more points in divisional games. It makes for a perfect chance to take the over in the first half NBA Odds.

Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks  

 

We haven’t had a whole lot of matinee games in the NBA, especially this early in the afternoon. Sometimes these games can get ugly with a lot of turnovers and missed shots, but while I expect the turnovers to be plentiful, so might the scoring in the first half.

With both teams having the day off on Christmas Eve, they will both be rested and they might be hyped up enough to be on national television to get off to a hot start.

These teams both haven’t played a lot of defense this season and both are lacking a true rim protector, leaving driving lanes wide open. The first time they played one another Boston dominated New York 115-87, but the biggest moneymaker in that game was the first half total.

The score at half time was 61-51 and I expect another high scoring first half here on Christmas Day. This has been common for these two teams in divisional games. These two teams are averaging about 53 points per first half in divisional games, while allowing an average of about that much. With both teams in nice scoring streaks, look for the first half to go over.

 

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