Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks: This Tuesday, the (44-17) Boston Celtics will travel to New York, NY to take on the (35-27) New York Knicks. Tipoff will be at 7:30 PM EST inside Madison Square Garden. This will be the third meeting between these two teams this regular season, as the Knicks won the last battle, 120-117.
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The Boston Celtics are coming into this game after taking down the Philadelphia 76ers, 110-107. They looked great on the defensive end of the court at different times in this game, as they will have to stay efficient in this one if they want to challenge the Knicks on the road.
The Knicks are entering this one after taking down the New Orleans Pelicans, 128-106. They looked incredible on both ends of the court, as they will have to stay hot in this one if they way to beat the Celtics at home.
Can the Celtics Stay Hot on the Road?
The Boston Celtics are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference standings, as they have a one-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks. On offense, they are scoring 118.1 points per game and they have shot 47.6% from the floor. This is the third most points scored per contest and the 14th-highest team shooting percentage. The Celtics have the second-highest adjusted offensive rating in the NBA.
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Jayson Tatum continues to lead the way on the offensive end of the court, as he is scoring 30.4 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the floor. Boston has also shown that they can score anywhere on the floor. They have multiple players that can heat up from behind the arc, as they are shooting 38% from deep, which is the sixth-highest three-point shooting percentage in the league. Luckily, they have taken advantage of their trips to the charity stripe as well.
The Celtics are shooting 82.5% from the line, which is the third-highest free-throw shooting percentage. On the defensive end of the court, the Celtics are holding their opponents to 112.1 points per game and they have only shot 46.7% from the floor. This is the eighth least amount of points surrendered per game and the seventh-lowest shooting percentage allowed.
The Celtics have the sixth-lowest adjusted defensive rating in the NBA. They have continued to contest shots in the paint and on the perimeter, as their opponents have only knocked down 35.5% of their three-point shots. Boston will have to keep closing out on open jump shooters, as this is the 11th-lowest three-point shooting percentage allowed. The Boston Celtics have also grabbed 45.1 rebounds per game, which is the sixth most in the league.
Can the Knicks Stay Hot?
The New York Knicks are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, as they are 9.5 games back from the first-place Celtics. On offense, they are scoring 114.8 points per game and they have shot 46.2% from the floor. This is the 14th most points scored per contest and the 24th-highest team shooting percentage.
The Knicks have the sixth-highest adjusted offensive rating in the NBA. Julius Randle continues to lead the way on the offensive end of the court, as he is scoring 25.1 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the floor. The New York Knicks have also shown that they are more successful when they are attacking the basket and scoring inside the paint.
They have only shot 34.7% from deep, which is the 23rd-highest three-point shooting percentage in the league. Unfortunately, they have struggled at the charity stripe as well. New York has only knocked down 77.2% of their shots at the line, which is the 22nd-highest free-throw percentage in the NBA.
On the defensive end of the court, the Knicks are holding their opponents to 112.2 points per game and they have only shot 45.5% from the floor. This is the third-lowest shooting percentage allowed and the ninth-least least amount of points. They have continued to apply pressure near the rim and on the outside, as finding open shots against them hasn’t been easy.
The Knicks have the 15th-lowest adjusted defensive rating in the NBA. They have also allowed their opponents to shoot 34.6% from behind the arc, which is the fifth-lowest three-point shooting percentage allowed. The New York Knicks are will have to crash the offensive and defensive glass as well. They are averaging 47 rebounds per game, which is the third most in the league.
Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks game Probable starter
PG Marcus Smart
SG Jaylen Brown
SF Jayson Tatum
PF Al Horford
C Robert Williams III
PG M. Brogdon
PF D. Gallinari
SG D. White
PF B. Griffin
PG P. Pritchard
PF M. Muscala
C G. Williams
New York Knicks
PG J. Brunson
SG Q. Grimes
SF R. Barrett
PF J. Randle
C M. Robinson
SF J. Hart
SG E. Fournier
SG I. Quickley
PF O. Toppin
C I. Hartenstein
PG M. McBride
C J. Sims