Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks NBA Handicapper Pick

The Celtics take on the Knicks in Madison Square Garden in what could be a preview of a first round Eastern Conference playoff matchup. Find NBA odds at Bovada sportsbook.

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Boston (38-34) are seventh in the East right now, sitting a game and a half behind the Bulls and three ahead of the eighth place Milwaukee. The Celtics are an older squad that just plays the regular season to get ready for this time of year. Paul Pierce has been remarkable lately, leading Boston to two straight victories, against lowly Cleveland and Atlanta. However, over the last 10 game stretch, the Celtics have struggled mightily. Boston is just 4-6 in their last 10 games and look to rebound just before the playoffs hit.

New York (45-26) have been very streaky this season. They started off the season on absolute fire by leading the Eastern Conference for a little while before the Heat eventually stole that from that and never looked back. But the Knicks then turned into a team full of injuries, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Amare Stroudemire all missed multiple games, and a team that could not win on the road. The Knicks looked awful on their west coast road trip before putting together this seven game win streak of theirs. New York is third in the East, a half game behind the Pacers.

Boston is 33-36-3 against the spread this season but just 13-22-1 while playing on the road. New York is 37-32-2 ATS and 20-16 at home.

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I think Boston gets the cover in this game as the betting line is inflated at www.sportsbookroom.com.