NBA: Celtics (-4.5) Vs Knicks $
With seemingly half the league either injured or on flu alert right now, it was difficult to even find a game today of which I could make sense. Both of these teams have significant player shortages right now but it seems the Celtics are better situated in this matchup.
The Knicks are still without RJ Barrett, but really their bench has been decimated with 6 six guys listed as out or questionable. For me the key here is the potential absence of Derrick Rose who has been best player for the Knicks this season. He may still play with a sore knee, but even if he does he may not be fully effective. The other Knick starters, including Julius Randle, have just not been good enough and they will be hard pressed to make a return appearance to the playoffs this season.
The Celtics are without all four of their listed power forwards tonight. I imagine they will rotate and play a small lineup tonight, but their four key starters remain intact. The core of this Celtics team is just much stronger than the Knicks right now with Tatum and Brown leading the way. They lost a tough game last night against the league leading Warriors, but I expect another good performance from them tonight to beat the struggling Knicks.
I looking for ward to another great NBA season after going 164-100 (62.1%) last year. Be sure to check my Daily Picks for all my Free NBA Picks this season.