Celtics Won’t Need Luck To Get Garden Payback Vs. Knicks Thursday

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:58 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 1:58 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics might be figuring things out after a slow start as they welcome the New York Knicks to Beantown in the TNT opener on Thursday night.

<h2 style="text-align:center;"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/new-york-knicks-vs-boston-celtics-3569011/odds/" rel="nofollow">New York (8-17 SU, 13-11-1 ATS) at Boston (13-10 SU, 10-13 ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Thursday, 8 p.m. ET (TNT)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Free NBA Pick: Celtics ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569011, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,169,1275,238], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>Last week, this writer was torn between watching the Warriors-Raptors matchup in the opener of the NBA on TNT Thursday doubleheader or the first half of the Saints-Cowboys game. Well, that’s why they make remote controls.</p><p>This week, not that exciting of a TNT opener (<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nfl/titans-jaguars-week-14-thursday-night-football-against-the-spread-expert-nfl-picks/87579/" rel="nofollow">opposite Jaguars-Titans</a>) as the lousy <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" rel="nofollow">Knicks face the underachieving Celtics,</a> although Boston might be starting to turn things around. Was likely only a matter of time with all the talent on that roster. The Celtics are still +1100 third-favorites at Bovada to win the NBA title come June and +235 second-favorites behind the Raptors (+180) to win the East.</p><p>It’s the third of four meetings between the Celtics and Knicks and they have each won on the road. The last game was Nov. 21 in Boston and the Knicks snapped a three-game skid in the series with a wire-to-wire 117-109 victory. Trey Burke was the man with 29 points, 11 assists and six rebounds off the bench. Burke became just the third Knick since 1970-71 to record at least 25 points, 10 assists and five rebounds off the bench. Enes Kanter and Noah Vonleh both points points-rebounds double-doubles. Kyrie Irving had 22 points and 13 assists to lead Boston, which shot only 39.2 percent and 10-for-33 from deep (missing 14 of its first 15).</p><p>New York is 64-157 all-time in the regular season in Boston.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Gordon Hayward put together his most complete game for us this season, finishing with a new season high of 30 points during our 118-109 victory over the Wolves. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/9zPeJ2zTZp\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/9zPeJ2zTZp&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Boston Celtics (@celtics) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/celtics/status/1069164110401613824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;December 2, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2>Here Come The Celtics?</h2><p>Boston’s season-high winning streak is four and the C’s are one from matching that. They will be well-rested, too, having not played since Saturday’s 118-109 victory at Minnesota. Gordon Hayward had his best game as a Celtic with 30 points and nine rebounds. Irving had 21 points and nine assists, and Jayson Tatum added 19 points and nine rebounds.</p><p>Jaylen Brown, who has regressed this season, didn’t play for a third straight game due to a bruised lower back. However, he has practiced this week and expects to return. Don’t be surprised if Coach Brad Stevens starts bringing him off the bench; Brown had started each of the Celtics’ first 19 games this season, but you don’t mess with success. Marcus Smart has been starting in his place, and it’s working.</p><p>The Knicks were 110-107 home losers to Washington on Monday. The Wiz blew it open by opening the third quarter with a 28-8 run and New York would not be able to tie after that. Kanter had his 16<sup>th</sup> double-double of the year with 13 points and 16 rebounds.</p><p>Burke sat out with a knee injury, fellow guard Courtney Lee made his season debut off injury, and former first-round pick Frank Ntilikina didn’t play at all for a second straight game due to coach's decision. Ntilikina can’t shoot (33.3 percent) but is a fabulous defender and you’d think the Knicks would want to see plenty of the No. 8 overall pick from the 2017 draft.</p><ul> <li>Celtics are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 home games.</li> <li>Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 3 or more days rest.</li></ul><p>It’s New York’s only road game in a stretch of five, so I could see the Knicks somewhat going through the motions. Plus, a back-to-back begins Saturday. Take well-rested Boston for a <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" rel="nofollow">Thursday NBA pick.</a></p>
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