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Celtics vs. Knicks odds: Best NBA picks, predictions for third game vs. Knicks

Celtics vs. Knicks odds: Best NBA picks, predictions for third game vs. Knicks

For the third time this season, the Boston Celtics are taking on the New York Knicks.

The last time the Celtics faced the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, they crushed their Eastern Conference foe in a 23-point victory that saw Tacko Fall log his first NBA action late in the blowout. A week later, the Knicks played the C's close at the TD Garden and lost by just two points.

Still, the C's (13-5) have won both games against the Knicks (4-15) and are favored once again in this contest. It's no surprise, as the talent gap between the two teams is wide, but the Knicks should remain competitive as they look to avenge their early-season losses to Boston.

And it is worth noting that the Celtics wins did come with a healthy Gordon Hayward, so maybe they won't be quite as strong against the Knicks without him. 

I'm pinch-hitting for our normal pick maker, Darren Hartwell, who sports a 27-14-1 record on the season. Hopefully, I'll do better than I did the first time I stepped in for him.

Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Knicks, along with two locks against the spread from Sunday's NBA slate.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks, 3:30 p.m. ET

Get ready for Celtics-Knicks on Sunday with Celtics Pregame Live at 3 p.m., then Mike & Scal have the call at 3:30 p.m. on NBC Sports Boston, or you can stream them here through the MyTeams App.

Moneyline: The Celtics have already won twice against the Knicks and while one of the games was close, both came early in the season. The Celtics have played well, for the most part, this year and shouldn't have an issue dispatching the Knicks. Thus, the Celtics (-330) seems like the only pick here.

Point Spread: The Celtics opened as 7.5-point favorites against the Knicks but that has since had a minuscule drop to 7. While the Knicks have dropped five games in a row, their three home losses in that span have come by 6, 2, and 7 points. If the Knicks play hard out of the gate and the Celtics continue their early-game struggles in an afternoon clash, I think the Knicks (+7) may end up being the right side here as the C's may have to come from behind to win.

Point Total: The Knicks average 101.4 points per game which is good for second-worst in the NBA. The Celtics limited them to an average of 98.5 points in the two games they played earlier in the season. That number coupled with the slow-start potential of an afternoon game makes this a good bet to hit the UNDER on the 209.5 point total.

Jacob's record picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 0-3-0

NBA Locks of the Night

Oklahoma City Thunder (+2.5) at New Orleans Pelicans: The Pelicans have lost four consecutive games including the front leg of a home-and-home to the Thunder. While the Pelicans could have a chance to win on their home court, the Thunder are simply playing better ball right now and came very close to beating the Clippers and the Lakers (twice). They could win outright, so that makes them a solid pick here.

Dallas Mavericks (+6) at Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers are on a great 10-game winning streak, but they haven't exactly played the toughest competition during this time and have had some close calls. The Mavericks lost by 9 to the Lakers earlier in the season, but Luka Doncic has been red-hot as of late. They should be able to make this a one-possession game even if they can't emerge victoriously.

Jacob's record picking NBA locks against the spread: 1-1-0

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Knicks, which tips off Sunday at 3 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Mike & Scal have the call at 3:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

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Bryce Brown hits franchise 3's record in Red Claws loss

The Maine Red Claws were in action at home at the Portland Expo Center on Saturday night hosting the Delaware Blue Coats, taking a 128-123 loss to fall to 7-4 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tacko Fall wasn’t in action, but Bryce Brown was simply furious, leading all scorers with 43 points 15 of 17 from the floor overall and a franchise single-game record 11 of 11 three-pointers. Tremont Waters was terrific, too, with 18 points and 11 assists.

HIGHLIGHTS

BRYCE BROWN

Brown, an undrafted free agent who helped lead Auburn to its first Final Four appearance last spring, was simply unconscious for the Claws. He shot a perfect 11 of 11 from three-point range to give him an absurd effective field goal percentage of 1.2 for the game.

TREMONT WATERS

Waters, the Connecticut native, was crafty in his distribution, with just four turnovers to go with his 11 assists.

Yante Maten (18 points), Vincent Poirier (18) and Justin Bibbs (10) also scored in double-figures for the Red Claws.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Red Claws return to action Friday in Des Moines, Iowa to face the Iowa Wolves, with tipoff at 8 p.m. ET.

Don’t miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 6:30 p.m. ET with Celtics Pregame Live, then Mike & Scal have the call of the game at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game through the MyTeams App.

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Happy birthday, Larry Bird!

Anytime is a good time to watch highlights of the greatness that was Larry Bird playing for the Celtics.

But on Larry Legend's 63rd birthday? It's time to break out the best of No. 33...

The fight with Dr. J in 1984:

The 60-point game against the Hawks in '85:

The steal against Isiah Thomas and the Pistons in '87:

The "you are watching was greatness is all about" duel with Dominique Wilkins in '88:

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Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Cavaliers, which tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, and then Tommy & Mike have the call at 7:30 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.