New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics NBA Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights & Trends for May 16, 2021

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The New York Knicks (40-31) are favored (by 8.5 points) to build on a three-game home winning streak when they host the Boston Celtics (36-35) on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET. The over/under is 215.5 in the matchup.

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Knicks vs Celtics Betting Information
FavoriteSpreadFavorite Spread OddsUnderdog Spread OddsTotalOver Total OddsUnder Total Odds
Knicks-8.5-110-110215.5-110-110

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Point Total Insights

  • New York and its opponents have gone over Sunday's 215.5 total in 29 out of 71 games (40.8%) this season.
  • In 71.8% of Boston's games this season (51 of 71), the total points scored was more than Sunday's 215.5-point over/under.
  • The over/under for the game of 215.5 is 4.6 points fewer than the combined points per game averages for the Knicks (107.2 points per game) and the Celtics (112.9 points per game).
  • The 216.3 points per game these two teams surrender to opponents on average this season are 0.8 more than the 215.5 over/under in this contest.
  • The Knicks have seen a 212.1 average over/under in their games this season, 3.4 points fewer than the over/under in this contest.
  • The over/under for this game is 8.8 points fewer than the average over/under in Celtics' games this season (224.3 points).

Knicks Betting Data

  • New York holds a winning record against the spread this season, going 41-28 ATS.
  • The Knicks have fared well as an 8.5-point favorite, going 6-2 against the spread when favored by at least 8.5 points.
  • New York has hit the over less than half of the time, in 29 of 69 games (42%).

Knicks Key Players

  • The Knicks points, rebounds and assists leader is Julius Randle. He contributes 24.2 points per game and adds 10.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists.
  • Reggie Bullock is the top three-point shooter for the Knicks, hitting 2.5 per game.
  • Nerlens Noel leads New York in both blocks and steals, averaging 2.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game.

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Knicks Last 10 Games

Knicks Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalKnicks MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/15/2021Hornets118-109 NYYesHome-14.5215.5-30001250Regular SeasonNoOver
5/13/2021Spurs102-98 NYYesHome-3.5200.5-190155Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/11/2021Lakers101-99 LALYesAway-3.5193.5-225180Regular SeasonNoOver
5/9/2021Clippers106-100 NYYesAway-2.5209.5-165140Regular SeasonYesUnder
5/7/2021Suns128-105 PHONoAway+1.5228.5110-135Regular SeasonNoOver
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
6-45-56-4-0215.2109106.2-4.934.4%

Knicks Injuries

Knicks:Mitchell Robinson: Out (Ankle),Luca Vildoza: Day To Day (Not With Team)

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Celtics Betting Data

  • Boston has covered the spread in fewer than half of its outings, going 33-35 ATS.
  • The Celtics have fared well as an 8.5-point underdog, going 6-2 against the spread when they are at least 8.5-point underdogs.
  • Boston and its opponents have hit the over in more than half of their matchups this year -- 39 of 68 (57.4%).

Celtics Key Players

  • Jayson Tatum puts up 26.4 points per game and is the top scorer for the Celtics.
  • Tristan Thompson puts up a stat line of 8.1 rebounds, 7.6 points and 1.2 assists per game for Boston to take the top rebound spot on the team. Marcus Smart holds the top spot for assists with 5.7 per game, adding 13.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per contest.
  • Kemba Walker is consistent from distance and leads the Celtics with 3.0 made threes per game.
  • Smart (1.5 steals per game) is the steal leader for Boston while Robert Williams III (1.8 blocks per game) is the block leader.

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Celtics Last 10 Games

Celtics Last Five Games
DateOpponentResultFavoredPlayed AsSpreadTotalCeltics MoneylineOpponent MoneylineGame TypeCoveredOver/Under
5/15/2021Timberwolves124-108 BOSYesAway-14.5227.5-50001350Regular SeasonYesOver
5/12/2021Cavaliers102-94 CLEYesAway-3.5192.5-185150Regular SeasonNoOver
5/11/2021Heat129-121 MIAYesHome-7.5256.5--Regular SeasonNoUnder
5/9/2021Heat130-124 MIANoHome+8.5240.51350-5000Regular SeasonYesOver
5/7/2021Bulls121-99 CHINoAway+13.5222.51500-5000Regular SeasonNoUnder
Overall RecordATS RecordO/U/PAVG TotalAVG Pts ScoredAVG Pts AllowedAVG Reb. Margin3Pt %
4-65-57-3-0237.6119.1118.5-0.639.3%

Celtics Injuries

Celtics:Kemba Walker: Out (Neck),Jaylen Brown: Out For Season (Wrist),Tristan Thompson: Out (Pectoral),Marcus Smart: Out (Calf),Robert Williams III: Out (Foot)

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