Knicks Momentum Makes Them Our Free NBA Pick Over Celtics

Joe Gavazzi

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 4:14 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016 4:14 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics visit Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night for a 7:30 ET tipoff against the surging NY Knicks. Who will be a part of our selected NBA picks for the night?

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Free NBA Pick: NY Knicks +100
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Boston Celtics vs. NY Knicks (-2) 7:35 ET
These teams met earlier this season in Boston, where the Celtics recorded a (100-91) home victory on December 27th. At that time, it was their 4th straight win, pulling them to within one game of Toronto for the division lead. That also gave the Celtics a 4½ game lead on the New Yorkers in the standings. But, oh, how things have changed since that contest just 16 days ago!


Boston Celtics
Currently, Boston and NY each have 19 victories (NY has 2 more losses) and are fighting with Orlando for the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference Playoff queue. Further similarities are that Boston is 10-8 SU on the road, while the Knicks are 10-8 SU at home. But the recent form of each team, since that previous game, shows us a picture of 2 teams headed opposite directions, when these divisional foes play the rematch in MSG tonight. 

Boston enters on a 1-5 SU ATS slide, following their (101-98) loss to Memphis on Sunday. It was a game they led (61-40) in the 2nd half. Credit must be given to the Celtics, as one of only 5 teams in the East who have a winning road record. But, the negative momentum of their current streak and the negative mental implications of Sunday’s loss far outweigh the positive road marks of the season, which include 7-3 ATS as road dog.


New York Knicks
The Knicks, meanwhile, are playing with dichotomous momentum, following their (100-88) win over Milwaukee on this court on Sunday. In that victory, they claimed double revenge for losses of 7 and 14 points. Tonight’s game shows them to be equally motivated, as the Celtics are now playing with quadruple revenge, including the earlier loss this season. Key to the Knicks’ turnaround has come with improvement on both sides of the ball. The New Yorkers are allowing just 95 PPG in their uptick, while they are shooting 48% from the field. The former PLAY AGAINST mark at MSG has now turned around with a 7-3 ATS mark as home chalk this season. The Knicks have played well even in their previous losses. Consider they were just a missed 3 pointer away from giving the Spurs their first home loss of the season and a (100-99) defeat. The Knicks’ rookie star, Porzingis, has noted that the improved offense and defense are feeding positive energy on both sides of the court.

In invite you to put the NBA odds in your favor and join me in my NBA pick on the NY Knicks tonight at MSG.

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