The 2021-22 NBA season began with a high-profile doubleheader on Tuesday, with intriguing matchups in both conferences. On Wednesday, the league expands its reach with a full slate of action, and long-time Eastern Conference rivals match up at Madison Square Garde with the Boston Celtics visiting the New York Knicks. The Celtics finished 36-36 a year ago, while the Knicks enjoyed a breakout season with a 41-31 record.
Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden in New York. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Knicks as two-point favorites at home, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 217.5 in the latest Celtics vs. Knicks odds. Before you make any Knicks vs. Celtics picks, you need to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine’s advanced computer model.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned almost $9,000 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past three seasons. The model finished up almost $600 on its top-rated picks last season and enters the 2021-22 NBA season on a stunning 100-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread. Anyone following it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Celtics vs. Knicks and just released its coveted NBA picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model’s picks. Here are several NBA odds and betting lines for Knicks vs. Celtics:
- Celtics vs. Knicks spread: Knicks -2
- Celtics vs. Knicks over-under: 217.5 points
- Celtics vs. Knicks money line: Knicks -130, Celtics +110
- BOS: The Celtics are 16-23 against the spread in the last 39 road games
- NYK: The Knicks are 24-15 against the spread in the last 39 home games
Why the Celtics can cover
Boston is keyed by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, with both young forwards excelling last season. Tatum averaged 26.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, with Brown adding 24.7 points and 6.0 rebounds with quality two-way play. Boston’s offense has been overhauled in parting ways with Kemba Walker, but the Celtics were devastating on the offensive glass a year ago, grabbing 28.9 percent of their own missed shots. Boston was also a top-10 team in 3-point accuracy (37.4 percent), which is key against New York.
Defensively, the Celtics have the potential to be highly effective, ranking in the top-10 of the NBA in fast break points allowed (11.8 per game), two-point shooting allowed (52.4 percent) and assists allowed (24.1 per game) last season. Boston is also elite at preventing points in the paint, giving up only 44.3 per game last season, and New York’s offense is a question mark. The Knicks were a bottom-10 offense last season, ranking No. 29 in the NBA in two-point shooting (49 percent) and No. 29 in the league in assists (21.4 per game).
Why the Knicks can cover
New York is excellent defensively, with Tom Thibodeau providing stability on the sideline. The Knicks led the NBA in field goal percentage allowed (44.0 percent) and 3-point percentage allowed (33.7 percent) last season. That was the key to the team’s defensive success, but New York also ranked in the top six in overall defensive efficiency, two-point shooting allowed, assists allowed, fast break points allowed, and points in the paint allowed.
Boston also has some weaknesses offensively, including a below-average mark in free throw creation, a substandard 46.6 percent field goal percentage and the league’s No. 25 mark in assists (23.5 per game). While New York’s offense wasn’t dominant a year ago, the Knicks did shoot well from 3-point range (39.2 percent), and Julius Randle experienced a breakout season by averaging 24.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game.
How to make Celtics vs. Knicks picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, projecting 213 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in over 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model’s Knicks vs. Celtics picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Celtics vs. Knicks? And which side of the spread hits over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the Celtics vs. Knicks spread you need to jump on Wednesday, all from the model that has crushed its NBA picks, and find out.