Knicks vs. Celtics Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for February 27 (Back a Hot Start at Madison Square Garden)

Larry Rupp
New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game.
New York Knicks vs Boston Celtics prediction, odds and betting insights for NBA regular season game. / AP Photos/Patrick Semansky
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Knicks vs. Celtics Game Info

  • Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Madison Square Garden -- New York City, New York
  • Coverage: MSG and NBCS-BOS

The 2022-23 NBA season continues on Monday with four more games, including a battle between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. The Celtics rank first in the Eastern Conference with a 44-17 record, while the Knicks check in sixth with an 35-27 record. This should be an exciting showdown.

Boston enters as a victor in seven of its last eight games following 110-107 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday. Meanwhile, New York is in the midst of a five-game winning streak that includes a 128-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday. Which team will keep rolling on Monday?

Knicks vs. Celtics Odds & Spread

  • All NBA betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
  • Moneyline: NYK: (+108) | BOS: (-126)
  • Spread: NYK: +2 (-112) | BOS: -2 (-108)
  • Total: 223 -- Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Celtics enter this contest as small road favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 223 points, which is about average compared to Monday's projected totals.

Celtics vs Knicks Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Celtics -2.5 - - 223.5 -110 -110 -138 118

Knicks vs. Celtics Betting Trends

  • The Celtics covered 43 times in 82 games with a spread last season.
  • The Knicks had an ATS record of 17-21 as underdogs of 2.5 points or more last season.
  • A total of 41 Celtics games last season went over the point total.
  • There were 39 Knicks games (out of 82) that hit the over last season.

Knicks vs. Celtics Prediction & Pick

The Celtics are on the final night of a three-game road trip and have a chance to return home with yet another win. The Knicks are on a hot streak, but they struggle in one area of the game that should make an impact here. New York ranks dead last when it comes to assists per field goal made (0.539).

Boston averages .628 assists per field goal made (No. 5 in NBA) and also ranks seventh in assists per game (26.4). The Celtics are able to run up the score on its opponents as they pass the ball and work the shot clock to find the open man. The Knicks are constantly taking isolated and contested shots.

Boston has won 12 of its last 18 games against New York, so back the Celtics on Monday night.

Final Score Prediction: Knicks: 111 | Celtics: 115

Knicks vs. Celtics Best Bet

There's a lot to like about this matchup getting off to a fast start. The Celtics rank third when it comes to first quarter points per game (30.4), while the Knicks rank 13th (29.2). New York has upped its game as of late, though, as it has averaged 35.3 first quarter points over its last three games (No. 2 in NBA).

It's worth noting that both the Celtics (29.0) and Knicks (28.3) have allowed a higher average of first quarter points over their last three games than they have on the season overall. This game is stocked with scorers like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle. Trust those stars.

Bet: First Quarter Over 57.5 Total Points (-108)

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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