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Celtics-Knicks simulation: Kemba Walker takes over in blowout win

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Celtics-Knicks simulation: Kemba Walker takes over in blowout win

The NBA season has been put on hold for at least 30 days due to the coronavirus crisis, meaning we may have to wait until mid-April at the earliest to watch the Boston Celtics again.

As a way to make up for the loss of Celtics action, we'll be using the NBA 2K20 video game to simulate each game on the schedule until they finally return.

PREVIOUS SIMULATIONS:

The Celtics were supposed to take on the New York Knicks on Wednesday, March 18. Here's how our simulation of that game went:

CELTICS STATS

Kemba Walker was the star, tallying a game-high 35 points on 13-of-24 shooting (7-of-11 from 3-pt. range). The Knicks simply had no answer for the Celtics guard, and that's becoming a theme in these simulations. NBA 2K loves them some Kemba.

Just like in Sunday's Chicago Bulls simulation, the C's reserves got plenty of action as they were up by at least 20 for most of the contest. Brad Wanamaker was the leading scorer off the bench with 11 points.

KNICKS STATS

Not a whole lot to write home about here. R.J. Barrett and Elfrid Payton had 14 and 13 points respectively, both bringing down six boards. New York's offense struggled mightily throughout.

TEAM COMPARISON

Yeah, this one wasn't remotely close from the second quarter on. Just look at the differences in field goal percentages and rebounds, and that'll tell you all you need to know.

FINAL SCORE: Celtics 122, Knicks 87

That's two consecutive wins for the NBA 2K Celtics as they blew out the Bulls in our last sim. Stay tuned for Friday's simulation vs. the Toronto Raptors.

NBA trade deadline winners and losers 2019-20: Analyzing best, worst deals

NBA trade deadline winners and losers 2019-20: Analyzing best, worst deals

The NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and there was no shortage of moves.

We didn't see any superstars traded, but many quality players switched teams over the last few days.

It's now time to analyze the teams that did the most to improve their chances of a deep playoff run, as well as the franchises that failed to make the most of the trade deadline.

Click for the winners and losers from the 2020 NBA trade deadline

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NBA trade deadline. Thursday at 7 p.m., tune into our Celtics Trade Deadline Special with Mike, Kyle, Scal, Chris & Sherrod plus an interview with Danny Ainge.

Celtics vs. Suns odds: Best NBA picks as C's look to end slide

Celtics vs. Suns odds: Best NBA picks as C's look to end slide

The Celtics will try to begin to reverse a slide that has seen them lose two in a row and five of their past seven when they welcome the Phoenix Suns to TD Garden on Saturday night.

The C's are just 4-5 in 2020 after back-to-back losses on consecutive nights at home to the Detroit Pistons and on the road in Milwaukee. Phoenix, meanwhile, figures to be a Western Conference also-ran at 17-24 but comes in having won three of their past four, including demolishing the Knicks 121-98 on Thursday night.

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The Celtics are 20-5 against below .500 teams, but three of those losses have come in the new year (to the Wizards, Spurs and Pistons). So, despite a 16-4 home record and taking on one of the lesser lights in the West, the C's are no sure thing. 

Here are our betting predictions for Celtics-Suns, as well as two NBA locks against the spread.

(All odds provided by WestGate Superbook.)

Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics, 7 p.m., ET

Moneyline: Is this the night the C's put it all together again? They'll be without Jaylen Brown (thumb), as they were in Milwaukee, and will be facing a guard in the Suns' Devin Booker, who two years ago went off for 70 points at the Garden against them. Still, with a three-game losing streak staring them in the face, look for the Celtics (-260) to come away victorious.

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Point Spread: As for covering, a lot points to the Suns being able to make this a close one. Phoenix has four of its past five against Eastern Conference foes, is respectable 8-10 on the road, has a motivated Aron Baynes returning to Boston for the first time he was traded on draft night and there's the Booker factor. Also, DeAndre Ayton, coming off a 26-point, career-high 21 rebound performance in the win over the Knicks, missed this season's first matchup in Phoenix. Still, look for the Celtics (-6) to regroup for a double-digit win.

Point Total: It's the defense that has let the Celtics down recently. They've allowed 115 points per game in their past three (1-2) and a 51.6 opponents' field goal percentage. The Suns have the NBA's 18th-ranked defense and allow 114.3 points per game on the road. Go with the OVER.

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren Hartwell, picking the Celtics' moneyline, point spread and point total: 7-8

NBA Locks of the Night

Philadelphia 76ers (-4) at New York Knicks: The Sixers are still without Joel Embiid, are on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, where they're only 7-14 and are playing their third game in four nights. Still, it's the Knicks. 

Milwaukee Bucks (-10) at Brooklyn Nets: Let's see what Kyrie has to say about his teammates after dealing with Giannis & Co. 

Pat's record, pinch-hitting for Darren Hartwell, picking NBA locks against the spread: 5-5

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Suns-Celtics, which begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with Celtics Pregame Live, followed by tip-off at 7 p.m. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.