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It's always a classic matchup when the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics face off. The Celtics are trying to dig themselves out of a small losing streak, but they still sit at first in the Eastern Conference with a 35-14 overall record. The Knicks are trying to crack the top six, as they currently have a 26-23 overall record.
The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks have met once already this season, with Boston coming out with a 133-118 victory. Over their last 10 meetings, the Celtics have been the victor six times. This will be just the second of four meetings between New York and Boston this regular season.
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|New York Knicks||Head-to-Head||Boston Celtics|
|Tom Thibodeau||Head Coach||Joe Mazzulla|
|26-23 (7th in East)||Standing||35-14 (1st in East)|
|115.9 (6th of 30)||Off Rtg||117.6 (3rd of 30)|
|113.8 (13th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.0 (8th of 30)|
|97.2 (26th of 30)||Pace||98.9 (19th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Randle (24.6)||PPG||J. Tatum (31.0)|
|J. Randle (10.9)||RPG||J. Tatum (8.6)|
|J. Brunson (6.2)||APG||M. Smart (7.2)|
|J. Brunson (1.0)||SPG||M. Smart (1.3)|
|M. Robinson (1.8)||BPG||R. Williams (1.3)|
|J. Sims (.805)/J. Randle (8.3)||FG%/FGM||R. Williams (.760)/J. Brown, J. Tatum (10.1)|
|J. Brunson (.404)/J. Randle (2.7)||3P%/3PM||M. Brogdon (.455)/J. Tatum (3.3)|
|Mitchell Robinson||New York Knicks||19 Jan 2023||Out (Thumb)||Robinson underwent surgery for a fractured right thumb and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.|
|Evan Fournier||New York Knicks||24 Jan 2023||Out (Personal)||Fournier was OUT for New York's Thursday (Jan. 24) game.|
|Danilo Gallinari||Boston Celtics||02 Sep 2022||Out (Knee)||Gallinari suffered a torn ACL and there is no timetable for his return.|
|Malcolm Brogdon||Boston Celtics||24 Jan 2023||Out (Personal)||Brogdon was OUT for Boston's Tuesday (Jan. 24) game.|
|Jaylen Brown||Boston Celtics||24 Jan 2023||Day to Day (Rest)||Brown was OUT for Boston's Tuesday (Jan. 24) game.|
|Al Horford||Boston Celtics||24 Jan 2023||Out (Back)||Horford was OUT for Boston's Tuesday (Jan. 24) game.|
|Marcus Smart||Boston Celtics||24 Jan 2023||Out (Ankle)||Smart was OUT for Boston's Tuesday (Jan. 24) game.|
The Boston Celtics and New York Knicks always produce a heated affair in this matchup between NBA originators. The Celtics enter this game on a two-game losing streak, but they've still won eight of their last 10 games. The New York Knicks have been up and down as of late, entering this game on a win but winning just five of their last 10 games.
The Celtics averaging 117.6 points per game (2nd in the NBA) while also limiting teams to 112.0 points per game (8th in the NBA). However in their last game, a loss to the Miami Heat, the Celtics were able to score just 95 points on 43.2% from the field and 31.3% from deep, while committing 17 turnovers on the evening. The Knicks are a team that focuses on their three-point defense, holding teams to 112.1 points per game (9th in the NBA) on 34.5% from the three-point range (5th in the NBA) and 45.2% overall (3rd in the NBA). Their defensive intensity definitely starred in their last game, a win over the Cavaliers, as they held their opponents to 103 points on 46.0% from the field and 36.4% from three.
Even though the Celtics were missing three starters and their key backup point guard, they still fell to the Heat by just three points in their last game. Boston's offense operates very efficiently, and they can always fall back on the production of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. New York have an intense defensive standard, but the Celtics have proven the ability to compete with even a few of their key players out.
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While the Boston Celtics are known for their scoring, the New York Knicks are definitely what you'd consider a defensive unit. Boston are currently averaging 229.6 points combined on a plus-5.6 points differential. New York are averaging 226.2 points combined on a plus-2.0 points differential.
Over their last five games, the New York Knicks are averaging a combined 235.4 - they've also lost four of those five games. Over the course of the Boston Celtics' last five games, of which they've won three, they've averaged a combined 220.2 points per game. The Celtics have struggled with their offense as of late, mostly due to the fact that they've been missing a number of key players in recent games.
The Knicks are a strong defensive team, and the Celtics have struggled to execute their offense with so many of their key players unavailable due to injury. We expect these teams to fall short of 226.5 due to the circumstances. But if the injury report put more Celtics back into the lineup, don't be afraid to adjust.
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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