Boston Celtics (15-31, 6-17 road) at New York Knicks (17-27, 9-15 home)
Madison Square Garden, 7:30 pm on CSNNE
Officials: Tom Washington, Kevin Cutler, Michael Smith
Line: Knicks -16 (192.5)
The Celtics are coming off an 85-79 home loss to the Brooklyn Nets two days ago, a contest in which the game itself was far less significant than the homecoming of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Knicks have won two straight, most recently a 110-103 victory over the Lakers at MSG on Sunday. Boston took both previous matchups between these two clubs this season; a 114-73 blow out in New York on December 8th, and a 90-86 victory at home five days later.
PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Gerald Wallace
SF: Jeff Green
PF: Jared Sullinger
C: Brandon Bass
PG: Raymond Felton
SG: Iman Shumpert
SF: Pablo Prigioni
PF: Carmelo Anthony
C: Tyson Chandler
Jerryd Bayless, PROB (Toe)
Avery Bradley, OUT (Ankle)
Metta World Peace, QUES (Knee)
Andrea Bargnani, OUT (Elbow) Amar'e Stoudemire, OUT (Ankle)
Kenyon Martin, OUT (Ankle)
WHAT TO WATCH FORMSG encore?: The last time these two teams met here Boston had their most lopsided victory of the season, a 41-point drubbing led by Jordan Crawford's 6 three pointers. Of course a lot has changed since then, Crawford is in Golden State and the Celtics have lost 19 of their last 24. Red hot Carmelo: Carmelo Anthony has scored a combined 97 points over his past two games, following up a career high 62 against Charlotte on Friday with another 35 vs the Lakers Sunday. Improving Rondo: In the loss to the Nets, Rajon Rondo posted season highs across the board with a near triple-double stat line of 12 points, 8 assists, and 8 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. Can he follow that up with an even bigger showing on the grand stage that is Madison Square Garden?
NOTESAfter missing the last 4 games with a sprained toe, reserve guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to play tonight for Boston. Following a 5 game winning streak and then a 5 game losing streak, tonight the Knicks look to win their 3rd in a row for just the second time this season.
After two consecutive wins and back-to-back spectacular performances by Anthony, there is a hint of optimism in New York. I think it's fool's gold, and the Knicks are ready to slide right back into their season long woes. With Rondo starting to look like his old self, along with his well established pension for big games in front of marquee audiences, I like the Celtics to get the win at MSG tonight.
Boston Celtics 89, New York Knicks 83
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