Celtics vs Knicks: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – January 17, 2021

The New York Knicks (5-8) are as they attempt to stop a five-game losing streak when they visit the Boston Celtics (8-3) on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at TD Garden. The matchup airs at 1:00 PM ET on NBA TV. The point total is set at for the matchup.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of January 17, 2021, 1:06 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Celtics vs Knicks Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of January 17

Romeo Langford: Out (Right wrist),
Tacko Fall: Day To Day (Ankle),
Jayson Tatum: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Daniel Theis: Day To Day (Finger),
Carsen Edwards: Out (Health and Safety Protocols),
Kemba Walker: Day To Day (Left Knee),
Robert Williams III: Out (Health and Safety Protocols)

Nerlens Noel: Day To Day (Lower Back),
Frank Ntilikina: Out (Right Knee),
Mitchell Robinson: Day To Day (Right heel),
Alec Burks: Day To Day (Ankle)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Celtics (-8)
Total Pick Over (212.5)
Prediction Celtics 113, Knicks 102

The DraftKings line for this game has the Celtics favored by eight, while the model predicts they’ll win by slightly more (10.9 points).

In this matchup, the model projects a total (215.6 points) slightly higher than the DraftKings over/under (212.5 points).

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Celtics Key Players

Jayson Tatum 10 26.9 7.1 3.8 1.0 0.8 3.5
Jaylen Brown 11 25.8 5.8 3.9 1.6 0.6 2.4
Marcus Smart 10 12.4 2.7 6.0 1.5 0.6 2.1
Payton Pritchard 11 9.3 2.5 3.1 1.2 0.3 1.4
Jeff Teague 9 8.1 2.4 2.6 1.7 0.2 1.0

Celtics Player Props

  • Jayson Tatum’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 37.5, 0.3 lower than his season average of 37.8.
  • Tristan Thompson’s rebounding prop over/under for the contest is set at 7.5 boards, 1.3 rebounds less than his season average of 8.8.
  • Tatum’s three pointers made prop total for the contest is set at 3.5, equal to his season average of 3.5.
  • Robert Williams III’s blocks prop total for the game is set at 1.5, equal to his season average of 1.5.

Knicks Key Players

Julius Randle 13 23.2 10.5 6.7 0.6 0.2 1.4
RJ Barrett 13 16.6 7.1 3.4 0.8 0.3 0.9
Elfrid Payton 13 13.5 4.3 4.2 0.5 0.2 0.7
Austin Rivers 9 10.4 2.8 2.7 0.6 0.0 2.2
Immanuel Quickley 9 9.1 1.9 2.1 0.7 0.3 1.1

Knicks Player Props

  • Julius Randle’s PRA prop over/under for the game is set at 33.5, 6.8 lower than his season average of 40.3.
  • Austin Rivers’ three pointers made prop over/under for the game is set at 1.5, 0.7 shots less than his season average of 2.2.
  • Mitchell Robinson’s blocks prop over/under for the contest is set at 1.5, 0.3 blocks lower than his season average of 1.8.

Shooting Trends

  • This season, the Celtics have a 48.3% shooting percentage from the field, which is 3.2% higher than the 45.1% of shots the Knicks’ opponents have hit.
  • Boston is 6-3 against the spread and 7-2 overall when it shoots better than 45.1% from the field.
  • New York is 5-4 against the spread and 5-4 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 48.3% from the field.
  • The Knicks have shot at a 45% clip from the field this season, 1.1 percentage points less than the 46.1% shooting opponents of the Celtics have averaged.
  • This season, New York has a 4-2 record against the spread and a 4-2 record overall in games the team collectively shoots over 46.1% from the field.
  • This season, Boston has a 4-1 record against the spread and a 4-1 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot greater than 45% from the field.
  • The Celtics’ 39.4% three-point shooting percentage this season is 6.7 percentage points higher than opponents of the Knicks have shot from deep (32.7%).
  • Boston has put together a 7-2 record against the spread and an 8-1 straight-up record in games this season when the team connects on more than 32.7% of its three-point shots.
  • New York is 5-5 against the spread and 5-5 overall when its opponents shoot better than 39.4% from deep.
  • The Knicks shoot 35.1% from beyond the arc this season. That’s -0.9 percentage points higher than the Celtics have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (36%).
  • New York has a 4-3 ATS record and is 4-3 straight-up when the team makes more than 36% of its three-point attempts.
  • Boston has a 3-2 ATS record and a 3-2 straight-up record this season when it hits more than 35.1% of its three-point attempts.
  • The Celtics’ 12.6 made three-pointers per game this season is 3.1 more made shots on average than the 9.5 per game the Knicks give up.
  • Boston is 5-1 against the spread and 5-1 overall when it connects on more three-pointers than its opponents, while New York is 3-6 ATS and 3-6 straight up in games when it is out-shot from distance.
  • The Knicks make the 29th-most three-pointers in the league, while the Celtics allow the seventh-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

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Celtics vs Knicks Stat Rankings

Celtics Rank Celtics AVG Knicks AVG Knicks Rank
9th 114 Points Scored 101 29th
13th 109.9 Points Allowed 106.3 5th
14th 45.4 Rebounds 45.4 18th
8th 11.2 Off. Rebounds 10.4 12th
19th 12.6 3pt Made 9.5 29th
22nd 23.4 Assists 22 28th
21st 14.7 Turnovers 14.3 18th

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