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Sunday, 08 December 2013 15:20

Game Preview: Boston Celtics at New York Knicks

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Boston Celtics (9-12, 4-7 road) at New York Knicks 5-13, 2-7 home)

Madison Square Garden at 12:00 pm on CSNNE

Officials: Ken Mauer, Sean Corbin, Derek Richardson

Line: New York -6 (192.5)

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Going into the season, the Knicks were expected to have a commanding lead in the Atlantic Division, while the Celtics were supposed to be bottom feeders. Fast forward to present day, and the Celtics have a surprising 1.5 game lead in the division, while the Knicks are in last place. While both teams have records below .500, they have both won their last two contests. This will be the first meeting between these two teams this season. 

 

PROBABLE STARTERS 

Boston Celtics:

PG: Jordan Crawford

SG: Avery Bradley

SF: Jeff Green

PF: Jared Sullinger

C: Brandon Bass

 

New York Knicks:

PG: Raymond Felton

SG: J.R. Smith

SF: Iman Shumpert

PF: Carmelo Anthony

C: Andrea Bargnani

INJURIES

Kelly Olynyk, OUT (Ankle)

Rajon Rondo, OUT (Knee)

 

Tyson Chandler, OUT (Knee)

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

  • Winning Streaks: Both teams are currently riding on a rare two game winning streak, so only one will be able to bring their's up to three.
  • Jordan Crawford: Crawford is in the midst of his best four game stretch of the season, as he has averaged 19 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds during that stretch. 
  • Turnovers: No team averages fewer turnovers per game than the Knicks (12.7).
  • Defense: In terms of points allowed, both the Celtics (96.9) and Knicks (97.3) have top nine defenses in the league.

NOTES

  • Boston Celtics Ratings: Off Rtg: 101.4 (24th), Def Rtg: 104.2 (11th), Pace: 93.0 (20th).
  • New York Knicks Ratings: Off Rtg: 105.2 (14th), Def Rtg: 107.1 (25th), Pace: 90.3 (29th).

PREDICTION

 

Despite the fact that the spread has New York winning this game, I think that the Celtics will come out victorious. Now that they have taken over first place in the Atlantic, they will do everything that they can to hold onto it. 

Boston Celtics 93, New York Knicks 87

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Patrick Harvey

Patrick Harvey joined CLNS Radio in October of 2012 and is a Celtics Beat Reporter for the site. He also contributes to the sites NFL and NCAA Basketball coverage.