3 Best Prop Bets for Knicks vs Celtics on March 5 (Julius Randle Lets it Rain From Deep)
The New York Knicks will aim to win their ninth consecutive game when they visit the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. ET inside TD Garden tonight. Each team enters fully healthy and has an efficient scorer leading the way. Jayson Tatum and Julius Randle are each putting up over 25.0 points per game.
Here are three of the best prop bets for this Eastern Conference showdown, courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.
Knicks-Celtics Player Props
1. Julius Randle - Made Threes: Over 3.5 (-113)
Speaking of Randle, he has been guiding the Knicks during their eight-game winning streak with elite shooting from beyond the arc. The 28-year-old has drained at least 4 three-pointers in four of his last five games and is sinking 50.0% of his attempts during that span (27-of-54). New York is going to have to rely on its perimeter offense here as Boston is allowing only 48.1 points in the paint per game (No. 10 in NBA). Randle has shown that he can make the right adjustments and take what the defense is giving him. He is shooting 35.4% from three-point range -- the second-best mark of his career -- for a reason.
2. Marcus Smart - Assists: Under 5.5 (-125)
Marcus Smart made his return from an ankle sprain a week ago and is seemingly still trying to shift back into his role as the main distributor on offense. He is only averaging 4.0 assists over the last six games and now has to face a Knicks defense that allows the 10th-fewest assists per game in the NBA (24.6). Keep in mind Smart averages just 4.3 assists per game across 22 meetings against New York in his career as well. He has posted more than 5 assists in six of those 22 games. This is a matchup that Smart has historically struggled in, so fade him in tonight's contest.
3. Quentin Grimes - Points: Under 8.5 Points (-113)
It's always risky to back a low player points prop, as it only takes a few buckets for the wager to go right down the drain. However, this line is a bit too high for Quentin Grimes. Grimes has logged more than 8 points in just three of his last nine games and is shooting a subpar 41.1% during that span. There is almost no upside with his matchup, either, as Boston ranks sixth in defensive efficiency and is allowing the 10th-fewest points to opposing shooting guards. Grimes is on the court to defend opposing guards with aggressiveness more than he is to score the basketball. That will be obvious on Sunday.
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