Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The New York Knicks are hosting the Boston Celtics at the Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday, May 16, 2021, at 1:00 ET in an all-Eastern battle between two teams that will participate in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Knicks are 2-3 in their previous five matches and are tied with the Heat in the fifth place. The Celtics have four consecutive losses and have secured the seventh place of the East. 

The Knicks have a 39-31 record and are 44-25-1 against the spread and 31-39 in over/under. In their last game they won San Antonio at home with a 120-98 score. Alec Burks led the team off the bench with 30 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. Julius Randle followed with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. 

Randle leads the team in three categories. In scoring with 24 ppg, in rebounding with 10.2 and in assists with 5.9 per game, while RJ Barrett adds 17.6 ppg and 5.8 rebounds per game. 

Knicks lead the league defensively with 104.8 ppg but they are fifth-worse offensively, scoring 107 ppg. They shoot with 45.6% from the field and have the fourth-best 3-point percentage with 39%. Under is 4-1 in their previous five matches.  

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Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks Predictions 5/16/2021

The Celtics have a 35-35 record and are 31-38-1 against the spread and 37-33 in over/under. They are coming off a road defeat against the Cavaliers with a 94-102 score. They shot with just 37% from the field playing without both Jaylen Brown and Kemba Walker. Jason Tatum led them with 29 points, adding a team-high 8 rebounds.  

Tatum leads the team in scoring with 26.4 ppg, adding 7.3 boards and 4.3 dimes per game. Jaylen Brown adds 24.7 ppg, 6 boards and 3.4 dimes per game but he will miss the rest of the season. 

The Celtics score 112.8 ppg and allow 111.4 ppg defensively. They shoot with 46.7% from the field and 37.5% from behind the arc. They are 2-8 against the spread in their previous ten matches. Over is 8-2 in their previous ten matches. 

Both teams are tied 1-1 wins so far this season. Knicks won on the road with a 75-105 score and Celtics at home with 101-99. Knicks are 3-1 against the spread in their previous four matchups. Under is 5-1 in their previous six matchups. The Knicks are 23-11 at home, while the Celtics are 14-20 on the road. Pick the Knicks today no matter what.  

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Boston Celtics vs New York Knicks 5/16/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 1:00 ET 

Location: Madison Square Garden in New York, NY

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

TV: ESPN / NBCSB / MSG

NBA Odds/Point Spread: New York Knicks -8.5

NBA Totals: 215.5

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