Through 5 Quarters

Their last head-to-head May was close, and so far it looks like that's how the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks will finish this one. It's still tight after five quarters, with Boston leading 131-128.

The Celtics have been led by Jaylen Brown, who so far has shot 8-for-12 from downtown and has recorded 46 points, five assists and eight rebounds. Brown does need to be careful, however, as he is in foul trouble with four. Grant Williams is also in foul trouble with five.

Evan Fournier has led the way so far for New York, as he has shot 5-for-11 from beyond the arc and has recorded 29 points. Fournier has also picked up four fouls, though.

Who's Playing

Boston @ New York

What to Know

The Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks will face off at 7:30 p.m. ET October 20th at Madison Square Garden to kick off their 2021 seasons. The Celtics are coming off of a 36-36 season with hopes of advancing further than the first round of the playoffs, where they were eliminated by the Brooklyn Nets 123-109 in game five. Likewise, New York is in much the same position after losing to the Atlanta Hawks in game five of the first round of the playoffs following a 41-31 regular season.

The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close contest. We'll see if the game is as close as the oddsmakers expect or if one of these teams has a surprise blowout in them.

How To Watch

  • When: Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Madison Square Garden -- New York, New York
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $105.00

Odds

The Knicks are a slight 2-point favorite against the Celtics, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Knicks as a 1-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Boston have won 16 out of their last 22 games against New York.

  • May 16, 2021 - New York 96 vs. Boston 92
  • Apr 07, 2021 - Boston 101 vs. New York 99
  • Jan 17, 2021 - New York 105 vs. Boston 75
  • Dec 01, 2019 - Boston 113 vs. New York 104
  • Nov 01, 2019 - Boston 104 vs. New York 102
  • Oct 26, 2019 - Boston 118 vs. New York 95
  • Feb 01, 2019 - Boston 113 vs. New York 99
  • Dec 06, 2018 - Boston 128 vs. New York 100
  • Nov 21, 2018 - New York 117 vs. Boston 109
  • Oct 20, 2018 - Boston 103 vs. New York 101
  • Feb 24, 2018 - Boston 121 vs. New York 112
  • Jan 31, 2018 - Boston 103 vs. New York 73
  • Dec 21, 2017 - New York 102 vs. Boston 93
  • Oct 24, 2017 - Boston 110 vs. New York 89
  • Apr 02, 2017 - Boston 110 vs. New York 94
  • Jan 18, 2017 - New York 117 vs. Boston 106
  • Dec 25, 2016 - Boston 119 vs. New York 114
  • Nov 11, 2016 - Boston 115 vs. New York 87
  • Mar 04, 2016 - Boston 105 vs. New York 104
  • Feb 02, 2016 - Boston 97 vs. New York 89
  • Jan 12, 2016 - New York 120 vs. Boston 114
  • Dec 27, 2015 - Boston 100 vs. New York 91

Injury Report for New York

  • Taj Gibson: Out (Personal)
  • Nerlens Noel: Out (Knee)

Injury Report for Boston

  • Al Horford: Out (Covid-19)
  • Josh Richardson: Out (Head)