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New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics Pick & Prediction APR 7TH 2021

FinishedTV: NBCSB | MSGTD Garden Boston

549New York Knicks
550Boston Celtics

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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."

--Field Level Media

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Last 10

W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • 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
W 80% L 20%
8 2
  • 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

Next Games

  • 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

Last Meetings

  • 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

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3026.536 13-1417-12111.3110.0L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies2927.518 13-1616-11113.8112.2L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2828.500 12-1816-10110.6111.1L24-0-6
New Orleans Pelicans2533.431 16-159-18114.7115.4L44-0-6
Houston Rockets1543.259 7-218-22107.9114.9L12-0-8

Last Injuries

Boston Celtics

  • Kemba Walker

    Ques 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.

  • Marcus Smart

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Smart missed the previous game due to an illness, leaving his availability against the Suns on Thursday up in the air.

  • Robert Williams III

    Ques 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.

  • Jaylen Brown

    Prob Mon | probable

    Brown has missed the previous game with an illness, but it is anticipated that he will suit up Monday versus the Bulls.

  • Jayson Tatum

    Prob Mon | probable

    Tatum is expected to line up for Monday's clash with the Bulls despite a minor left ankle impingement.

  • Jayson Tatum

    Prob Sun | probable

    Tatum is ailing from an illness, but it anticipated that he will suit up for Sunday's tilt with the Nuggets.

  • Jaylen Brown

    Prob Sun | probable

    Brown is dealing with left knee soreness, but it is likely that he will take on the Nuggets on Sunday.

  • Daniel Theis

    Prob 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

  • Alec Burks

    Out 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.

  • Dennis Smith Jr.

    Out indefinitely | out

    Smith Jr. is sidelined with left knee inflammation, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Danilo Gallinari

    Out indefinitely | out

    Gallinari is out of the lineup with left knee soreness, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Nerlens Noel

    Ques 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.

  • Danilo Gallinari

    Prob 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.