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Bet On Knicks Celtics – Knicks Earn First Win In Boston In More Than Five Years Over Beleaguered Celtics

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 4:29:38 AM

Good online betting players know that some teams simply have a problem going on the road in winning in a certain city; for example, the New York Knicks haven’t won in Boston in five-plus years. However, the Celtics are having internal problems right now and they’re ripe for the Knicks, who will be well-rested and primed to end their “Beantown” jinx.

What: NBA Betting
When: Sunday, March 4th, 1:00 PM ET
Where: TD Banknorth Garden, Boston, MA
Pick: New York Knicks

Why Bet On New York Knicks (18-18 SU, 17-19 ATS)

The Knicks returned from the All-Star break with a 120-103 win over Cleveland at home, even though they were down 61-49 at halftime, and the deficit got as high as 17 points, but New York got a big night from their second unit as Steve Novak dropped 17 points, while Iman Shumpert added 12 points. Carmelo Anthony led the team with 22 points, and Jeremy Lin had 19 points, 13 assists, five boards and only one turnover for the Knicks, who shot 50.6% from the field. The Knicks also controlled the point, outscoring the Cavaliers 68-46 and Tyson Chandler had a big game with 13 points, 15 boards and four blocks, but this game was won by the reserves as they fired up the team, and then the starters got hot. Novak, in particular, hit five three-pointers in the second half and he has played extremely well since Lin took over at the point. They’ll need him down the stretch as well.

Bill Walker (elbow) has missed the last five games, but that won’t hurt the Knicks’ NBA betting odds as J.R. Smith will likely take his minutes anyway. The Knicks are now off until they head to Boston for Sunday’s game, which is even more rest after the All-Star break, but they could come out rusty as they did against the Cavaliers. The Knicks can’t really afford to get down by 17 points in Boston against a veteran team, regardless of what is going on with the Celtics (more on that in a minute). Heading into Thursday’s games, New York is holding onto the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and they have to carry their momentum into Sunday’s game, which starts a four-game road trip.

Why Bet On Boston Celtics (17-17 SU, 13-21 ATS)

Meanwhile, the Celtics have a busy stretch from the break to Sunday’s game, although they’ve won the first two of their four games, following an 86-83 win in Cleveland on Tuesday with a 102-96 victory over Milwaukee at home on Wednesday to kick off a four-game homestand. Rajon Rondo picked up his third triple-double of the season with 15 points, 11 boards and 10 assists, while Kevin Garnett added 25 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who had all five starters in double figures in points. The starters got a boost from Chris Wilcox off the bench as he had seven points and 13 rebounds, and that will be important as the Celtics try to limit Garnett’s minutes for the stretch run, and he can keep up with Rondo in the open court, while Garnett’s knees won’t allow him to be as mobile as he once was. Boston has Thursday off, then they welcome New Jersey to town on Friday before the Knicks visit “Beantown”.

But will Rondo be on the floor for that game? Reports have surfaced that the Celtics are aggressively looking to trade their point guard before the deadline on March 15th because they’re done with his attitude, but it’ll be interesting to see if they can find many takers as he has a ton of money left on his deal ($36 million over the next three years). There are plenty of teams that can use a point guard that is a threat to put up a triple-double every time he steps on the floor, but can the Celtics even stay afloat without him? Keep an eye on the news before making a pick on this game because Rondo could very well be gone by then.

How It Will Play Out

Chances are, the Celtics will be the NBA betting favorites at home in this contest as they’re 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings at TD Banknorth Garden against the Knicks, with the last three falling under the posted total. Overall, the Celtics have won 12 in a row at home outright over the Knicks, whose last win in Boston came on November 24th, 2006.

That streaks ends on Sunday as the Celtics are in disarray right now and the Rondo situation is a real threat on their season, while the Knicks are trending upwards and they have the Celtics in their sights; as of Thursday, both were at .500 and Boston may even be looking up at the Knicks if they lose to New Jersey on Friday. Take the Knicks to snap their winless streak in Boston and earn a victory in your sports betting book.

Knicks Celtics Betting Pick: New York Knicks

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