NBA Betting Preview Celtics vs. Knicks – January 6th, 2022

The Celtics and Knicks battled many times in the postseason, and while this match is not that important, both teams will want to win it. Who has the edge? Find out below. 

Boston Celtics Betting Preview:

The Boston Celtics have started winning games again after dropping a few of them as players started getting into health and safety protocols. The team very missed Jayson Tatum as Jaylen Brown had to step up, and while he did, team chemistry kind of suffered. Brown cannot share the ball too much, which hurt the offensive flow, and several teams exploited that. Tatum should be back for this game, making things easier for the Celtics. It’s been a disappointing season for Boston; there is no way around it. A below .500 record for a team that had strong playoffs ambitions is just not good enough. A good chance to secure a great win on the road will come here, against another struggling team. 

The Celtics are an average team both offensively and defensively, which is in line with their record. The hope for the team is that they will avoid any injuries and protocols to start building chemistry. There is enough talent on the team to secure a playoff spot, but time is slowly running out. They will need to go on a few runs to secure one of those positions and ideally avoid a play-in game. If they can do that, their season won’t be a total disaster. How far can they go then remains to be seen?

 

New York Knicks Betting Preview:

The New York Knicks were expected to take another step forward after last year’s breakout season. That did not happen so far and likely won’t happen at all. The reason is simple; the team is not good enough. Last year everything clicked so well for the Knicks that they overachieved dramatically. Most had them as a bottom 5 team before the start of the year, and while that was too harsh, their end result was not realistic either. This is more in line with the actual talent of the team, although it’s quite disappointing. The identity of this team last year has been defense, and slowly they have been getting it back. They are ranked in the top 10 defensively, which is a dramatic improvement compared to a few weeks ago. That has allowed them to win 4 of the last 6 and 6 of the last 10. 

The offense is the problem, but it was the problem last year as well. That is why Atlanta had no issues in dealing with them in the playoffs. They simply outscored them easily, and that’s the way to beat this Knicks team. They will not drop 120 on you, and if you can keep them around the 100 point mark, you will have a good chance.

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Key matchups

Curry – Doncic

While not a direct matchup, it will be interesting to see what Barrett can do against Tatum. It will also be interesting how Tatum does after getting out of health and safety protocols as he had a rough going the first time he contracted the virus. Barrett might take turns guarding Tatum and Brown in this game, which could prove troublesome. It will be even worse if Fournier has to do it, so that it will be a gamble either way.

Defensive battle

I don’t think we will be looking at a high-scoring game as I tend to think the defense will be pretty tight on both sides. These teams can play fairly solid defense, yet who plays it better will win. By far, Boston has the better offensive players, so they will need to produce on that end. Defensively New York should have the edge in Madison, but it won’t matter much if they can’t score on the other side. 

 

Warriors vs. Mavericks betting lines  

Boston is favored only by one, which is something I like. It is s the 2nd night of a back-to-back for the Celtics, but I still like them to win. The points are set at 210,5, and that’s fine. You can think about the over, but it’s not very likely. 

Free Betting Pick

This is a very interesting match that is important for both teams. It’s time to start collecting wins, and both teams need them. It was considering who will play and who will not; I tend to think that Boston will have the edge here. 

In terms of the points, the under seems more likely. New York has been playing better defense lately, and with Boston playing twice in two nights, I think they will take their time on offense as well. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Boston -1

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