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NBA Picks: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

Jeff GrantContributor IJanuary 7, 2013

NBA Picks: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

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    Carmelo Anthony leads the Eastern Conference in scoring, which is important to consider when making your against-the-spread (ATS) picks on Monday night, when the New York Knicks (23-10) host the Boston Celtics (16-17) at Madison Square Garden in the Big Apple.

    Sports bettors will find that the Knicks are six-point home favorites in the NBA betting odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has settled in at 193.

    Let's take a closer look at this Atlantic Division matchup from a betting perspective, while offering a prediction on the total along the way.

Boston Celtics

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    The Boston Celtics have put together their first win streak since mid-December, holding the Atlanta Hawks and Indiana Pacers to a combined 156 points in their last two games.

    Sports bettors still need to be aware that the Celtics are 1-5-1 ATS when facing teams that average 99-plus points per game during the 2012-13 NBA season.

New York Knicks

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    The New York Knicks have won two games in a row by scoring 100 or more points, including a 114-106 victory over the Orlando Magic as six-point road favorites on Saturday.

    Amar'e Stoudemire is averaging 18.3 minutes in three games played this season, but could see more time against the Boston Celtics, considering he averaged 17.7 points and 10.0 rebounds in three games in this series a year ago.

    Sports bettors will find that the Knicks have covered just one of 10 opportunities after scoring 105 points or more this season.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their pro basketball picks, as the OVER is 7-2 in the Knicks' last nine home games when taking on an opponent with a losing record on the road.

    NBA Pick: Over 193

     

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