Place NBA Picks on 'Over' in Knicks vs. Celtics

Friday, December 13, 2013 2:40 PM UTC

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 2:40 PM UTC

Find out why we are backing a high scoring matchup with our NBA picks in tonight's meeting between the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.
<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!-- br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;} --></style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;font-weight:bold;color:#000000;text-align:left"></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">Let’s take a closer look at the <a href="/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" title="Live NBA Odds &amp; Basketball Betting Lines" target="_blank">NBA odds</a> for this Eastern Conference matchup at the TD Garden, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.</span></p> <p>[gameodds]5/250029/?r-1=19-43-349/us[/gameodds]</p> <p><b>A decent stretch</b></p> <p>New York is 6-15 SU through 21 games of the 2013-14 regular season, but it has won and covered the number in three of its last five trips to the hardwood.  </p> <p>The Knicks will have to continue building on their recent momentum without the services of starting point guard Raymond Felton, who is expected to miss two to three weeks with a hamstring injury. </p> <p><a href="" title="Share your thoughts with fellow NBA Handicappers in our betting forums" target="_blank">NBA handicappers</a> will find that the franchise is 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS as an underdog this season.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Going in the wrong direction </b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Boston has followed up a three-game winning streak by losing its last two affairs, including a 96-88 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers as five-point home underdogs Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 195.  </p> <p>The Celtics are still figuring things out under first-year head coach Brad Stevens on both ends of the floor, but they have five projected starters averaging in double figures.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p><b>Carmelo</b></p> <p><span style="font-size:1em">The Knicks are 24th in the league in averaging 93.8 points per game, as the basketball often starts and stops in the hands of forward <a target="_blank" title="Will Carmelo ever get support from his team?" href="">Carmelo Anthony</a>, who sits second in the NBA in scoring 25.6 points a contest.</span><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>Anthony is the only player who has led his team in points (either outright or tied) in every game this season, while he also sits 11th in grabbing 9.6 rebounds a game.</p> <p><b style="font-size:1em">Playing as favorites</b><span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>The Celtics weren’t expected to tip off as favorites very often in the early going this season, but they’ve gone 4-3 SUATS in that role in seven opportunities.<span style="font-size:1em"> </span></p> <p>It’s important to point out that the underdog has grabbed the cash in four of the last five meetings in this series, while the UNDER is on a 9-1 run.</p> <p style="text-align:center"><em>Make sure to also check out our: </em><em><a target="_blank" title="NBA Pick: Friday Picks of the Day" href="/nba-basketball/free-picks/top-nba-picks-friday-night-s-games-a-35795/">NBA Friday Picks of the Day</a></em></p> <p><b>Prediction</b></p> <p>I’m going to recommend that readers play the total with their <a target="_blank" title="For the latest in basketball picks, odds and info, visit!" href="/nba-basketball/">NBA picks</a>, as the UNDER is 6-2 in the Knicks’ last eight road games.</p> <p>New York is giving up just 93.8 points away from home this season, while it will continue to struggle on the offensive end due to Felton’s injury.</p> <p><strong>NBA Pick:</strong>  Under 190.5</p>
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