Celtics vs. Knicks Pick NBA – Feb 3rd

The Hawks streak finally came to a close last night, and it did so at the hands of a mightier bird; Anthony Davis and the surging Pelicans. AD was just too much for the talented frontline of Atlanta, tallying 29 points and 13 boards. Coupled with an uncharacteristically poor shooting night from Atlanta (they were just 7 of 22 from distance) and it added up to their first win of 2015.

It was a pretty remarkable accomplishment, but now they must embark on a tough task – finishing the rest of the season as the “hunted” as opposed to the plucky upstart novelty. The way Cleveland is suddenly clicking, it may not be quite as easy as it seemed for most of January…

Let’s see if we can start a nice winning streak tonight after last night’s narrow missed cover with the Grizz (if only they fouled Gasol a half-second earlier…)

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Today’s Free Pick:

Boston Celtics at New York Knicks -1.5

This would have been such a great game. In 1987. But alas, we are instead left with the remnants of two proud franchises slogging to the ping-pong ball finish line and we don’t even need Rick Pitino to rattle off the lists of greats who “won’t be walking through that door.”

But one superstar IS walking through the door tonight, Carmelo Anthony. And believe it or not, since his healthy return, the Knicks are actually a decent ballclub. They’ve won five of their last seven games and are 6-1 ATS during that stretch. Sure, some of the wins aren’t dazzling; Orlando and Philly. But some are; Oklahoma City, New Orleans. This team is actually a competent NBA club right now with a top ten player leading the charge.

Meanwhile, Boston seems to have finally sold off enough parts to ensure they don’t accidentally snag the eighth playoff spot and miss the Lottery. Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo are now plying their trades in the West, clearing the way for the Marcus Smart/Jared Sullinger Era! Ok, mock enthusiasm aside, the Celtics youth movement is in full swing and expecting them to win many road games the rest of the season may be a little ambitious.

The C’s have lost four of their last five games and are a paltry 7-15 away from the Garden this season. This loss may sting the fans a little tonight because of the Knicks reputation, but in truth, this should probably be about a four point line given the teams personnel and recent performance.

At least there’s a parade to plan in Boston, right?

Free Pick: New York Knicks -1.5

Chris Scheeren / Author