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New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021
549New York Knicks550Boston Celtics
While the New York Knicks are in danger of falling back to a familiar spot in the standings, the Boston Celtics can't seem to figure out a way to return to their traditional perch among the elite of the Eastern Conference.
A pair of unexpected contenders for the final playoff spots in the East are scheduled to meet Wednesday when the Celtics continue a seven-game homestand against the Knicks.
Boston will be looking to salvage the second game of a back-to-back set after dropping a 106-96 decision to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.
The Knicks aim to rebound after squandering a 14-point lead Monday night in a 116-114 loss to the host Brooklyn Nets.
With their loss Tuesday, the Celtics fell into a tie for seventh place in the East with the Knicks at 25-26. The two teams are just two games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the fourth seed, although Boston and New York have struggled to generate any momentum for the playoff push.
The Celtics, who fell in the Eastern Conference finals last summer for the third time in the past four seasons, have lost nine of their past 15 while continuing to play undermanned due to COVID-19-related issues.
The Celtics were able to string together consecutive lopsided wins over the Houston Rockets and Charlotte Hornets heading into Tuesday's contest. Boston, however, spotted the 76ers the first seven points and fell behind for good during a 15-0 run by Philadelphia in the second quarter.
The Celtics played without Tristan Thompson for a 12th straight game on Tuesday. They also learned Tuesday morning that Evan Fournier was joining him on the health and safety protocols list.
"It's a hard year -- it's been a very, very tough year for everybody," Celtics point guard Kemba Walker said Tuesday night. "You've just got to find a way, man. That's all you can do. When guys go down, you've got to kind of expect guys to kind of step their games up and to help other guys play better."
The Knicks also hoped an easy win would help them snap a skid that has threatened to dampen one of the NBA's early season success stories. New York hasn't made the playoffs since 2013 and already has won more games than either of the previous two seasons.
But the Knicks, who rolled to their most lopsided win since 1996 in a 125-81 win over the Detroit Pistons Saturday night, lost for the fourth time in five games Monday. In fact, they frittered away a double-digit lead for the third time in that span.
New York led the Minnesota Timberwolves by 13 points in the fourth quarter of a 102-101 loss on March 31. The Knicks also claimed a 13-point lead in the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks last Friday before dropping a 99-86 decision.
"It's either a win or a loss," Knicks power forward Julius Randle said Monday night. "There are not really any moral victories."
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- Charlotte W 97 - 109
- New Orleans W 112 - 122
- @Dallas W 117 - 109
- @New Orleans W 116 - 106
- L.A. Lakers W 96 - 111
- Toronto W 96 - 102
- Memphis W 129 - 133
- @Boston L 99 - 101
- @Brooklyn L 112 - 114
- @Detroit W 125 - 81
- Chicago L 102 - 96
- Golden State W 114 - 119
- @L.A. Lakers W 121 - 113
- @Portland W 116 - 115
- @Denver W 105 - 87
- Minnesota W 136 - 145
- New York W 99 - 101
- Philadelphia L 106 - 96
- Charlotte W 86 - 116
- Houston W 102 - 118
- Atlanta(02-15-21) W 112 - 123
- Toronto(04-11-21) W 96 - 102
- Phoenix(12-17-18) L 128 - 110
- Chicago(04-01-19) W 105 - 113
- Phoenix(07-26-20) W 103 - 117
- @Brooklyn(03-11-21) L 109 - 121
- @Charlotte(03-23-19) L 117 - 124
- Oklahoma City(07-24-20) L 98 - 84
- Charlotte(04-04-21) W 86 - 116
- Knicks @ Celtics 99-101
- Knicks @ Celtics 105-75
- Celtics @ Knicks 113-99
- Knicks @ Celtics 100-128
- Knicks @ Celtics 117-109
- Celtics @ Knicks 103-101
- Celtics @ Knicks 121-112
- Knicks @ Celtics 73-103
- Celtics @ Knicks 93-102
- Knicks @ Celtics 89-110
|New York Knicks||32||27||.542||19-10||13-17||106.2||104.3||L2||8-0-2|
|Portland Trail Blazers||32||24||.571||16-12||16-12||114.3||114.7||L1||4-0-6|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||20||38||.345||9-20||11-18||105.3||114.3||L11||1-0-10|
|Los Angeles Clippers||40||19||.678||23-8||17-11||115.0||108.1||L1||8-0-2|
|Los Angeles Lakers||35||23||.603||17-13||18-10||109.9||106.1||L1||5-0-5|
|Golden State Warriors||29||29||.500||17-10||12-19||112.9||113.3||L1||6-0-4|
|San Antonio Spurs||28||28||.500||12-18||16-10||110.6||111.1||L2||4-0-6|
|New Orleans Pelicans||25||33||.431||16-15||9-18||114.7||115.4||L4||4-0-6|
- IllnessQues Thurs | questionable
Walker was held out of the last contest with an illness, and it is unknown if he will participate in Thursday's clash with the Suns.
- IllnessQues Thurs | questionable
Smart missed the previous game due to an illness, leaving his availability against the Suns on Thursday up in the air.
- KneeQues Thurs | questionable
Williams has been held out of the previous three contests due to left knee soreness, and it is undetermined if he will take the court Thursday against the Suns.
- IllnessProb Mon | probable
Brown has missed the previous game with an illness, but it is anticipated that he will suit up Monday versus the Bulls.
- AnkleProb Mon | probable
Tatum is expected to line up for Monday's clash with the Bulls despite a minor left ankle impingement.
- IllnessProb Sun | probable
Tatum is ailing from an illness, but it anticipated that he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Nuggets.
- KneeProb Sun | probable
Brown is dealing with left knee soreness, but it is likely that he will take on the Nuggets on Sunday.
- PersonalProb Thurs | probable
Theis missed the last game while tending to a personal matter, but it is likely that he will be available against the Raptors on Thursday.
New York Knicks
- IllnessOut indefinitely | out
Burks is out of the lineup while going through the NBA's health and safety protocols, and there is no timetable for his return to action.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Smith Jr. is sidelined with left knee inflammation, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.
- KneeOut indefinitely | out
Gallinari is out of the lineup with left knee soreness, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.
- AnkleQues Fri | questionable
Noel missed the last contest tending to a sore right ankle, and it is unclear if he will be available for Friday's tilt with the Mavericks.
- AnkleProb Fri | probable
Gallinari sat out of the last game with left ankle soreness, but he is likely to be active for Friday's clash with the Bulls.
- TrendUnder is 10-4 in Celtics last 14 games as a home underdog of 5.0-10.5.Hit %71.40% (14)O/U4|10Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 8-0 in Celtics last 8 games as a favorite.Hit %100.00% (8)O/U0|8Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games as a home favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %83.30% (6)O/U1|5Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 7-2 in Celtics last 9 games as a home underdog.Hit %77.80% (9)O/U2|7Push0W/L
New York Trends
- TrendOver is 7-3 in Knicks last 10 games as a favorite of 11.0 or greater.Hit %70.00% (10)O/U7|3Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 19-6-1 in Knicks last 26 games as an underdog of 0.5-4.5.Hit %76.00% (26)O/U8|17Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 12-5 in Knicks last 17 games as a road underdog.Hit %70.60% (17)O/U5|12Push0W/L
- TrendOver is 4-1 in Knicks last 5 games as a road favorite of 5.0-10.5.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U4|1Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.Hit %80.00% (5)O/U1|4Push0W/L
- TrendUnder is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Boston.Hit %70.00% (10)O/U3|7Push0W/L