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The New York Knicks and Boston Celtics continue their heated Atlantic Division rivalry. The Boston Celtics are currently first in the Eastern Conference with a 44-17 overall record and a 20-10 road record. The New York Knicks sit sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 35-27 overall record and a 17-15 home record.
This will be the third of four meetings between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks this season. The last time these two teams met the Knicks earned an overtime victory behind a 37-point effort from Julius Randle. New York will hold home-court advantage then they tip off against the Celtics on Monday night.
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|Boston Celtics||Head-to-Head||New York Knicks|
|Joe Mazzulla||Head Coach||Tom Thibodeau|
|44-17 (1st in East)||Standing||35-27 (6th in East)|
|118.2 (2nd of 30)||Off Rtg||116.8 (6th of 30)|
|112.1 (5th of 30)||Def Rtg||114.2 (15th of 30)|
|98.4 (20th of 30)||Pace||96.8 (28th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Tatum (30.4)||PPG||J. Randle (25.1)|
|J. Tatum, R. Williams (8.7)||RPG||J. Randle (10.6)|
|M. Smart (7.0)||APG||J. Brunson (4.1)|
|M. Smart (1.4)||SPG||J. Hart (1.0)|
|R. Williams (1.1)||BPG||M. Robinson (1.8)|
|R. Williams (.750)/J. Brown, J. Tatum (9.9)||FG%/FGM||J. Sims (.769)/J. Brunson, J. Randle (8.5)|
|M. Brogdon (.465)/J. Tatum (3.3)||3P%/3PM||J. Brunson (.407)/J. Randle (2.8)|
|Danilo Gallinari||Boston Celtics||17 Feb 2023||Out (Knee)||Gallinari is hoping to return to play at the end of the season.|
In a competitive Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are both looking to secure their position in the playoffs. The Boston Celtics have been impressive all season long, entering this game on a three-game win streak while going 8-2 over their last 10 games. The New York Knicks are entering on a five-game win streak while also winning eight of their last 10 games.
The Boston Celtics have consistently been one of the league's best two-way teams, averaging 118.1 points per game (3rd in the NBA) while shooting 38.0% from the field and allowing just 112.1 points per game (8th in the NBA) on 46.7% from the field. Over the course of their three-game win streak, the Celtics have scored an amazing 126.3 points per game on 51.6% from the field and 45.5% from three-point range. The New York Knicks will challenge them with their disruptive defense, allowing just 112.2 points per game (9th in the NBA) on 45.5% from the field (3rd in the NBA) and 34.6% from three-point range (5th in the NBA). The Knicks have been locked in through their five-game win streak, averaging 123.0 points per game on 49.2% from the field and 37.9% from three-point range.
We're taking the Boston Celtics in this matchup with the New York Knicks, even though both teams look to be in fantastic form. While the Knicks have received reinforcements after the trade deadline, the Celtics' offensive potential and improved frontcourt should help them earn a victory.
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks are two teams that love to focus on the defensive side of the ball, but they're also both in excellent offensive form. The Boston Celtics enter this game with a combined points average of 230.2 points per game on a plus-6.0 points differential. The New York Knicks own a combined points average of 227.0 points per game on a plus-2.6 points differential.
Through their three-game win streak, the Boston Celtics are average a combined 244.3 points per game as their offence has been locked in - particularly their three-point shooting as they've hit 18.3 threes through their win streak. The New York Knicks have been similarly successful as of late, averaging a combined 231.4 points per game despite their defence holding teams to just 44.8% from the field and 31.4% from three-point range. While both of these teams play excellent defence, don't expect this to be a scoring-averse matchup.
In their last two meetings this season, the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks combined for 251.0 points and 237.0 points. Boston and New York maintain one of the league's more intense rivalries, so expect fireworks in this matchup. We expect the Knicks and Celtics to easily combine to clear 223.0 points this evening.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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