Celtics (35-19) vs. Knicks (19-36)
Game time: 7:30pm, TD Garden. TV – CSN, Radio – WEEI-AM (850)
Bos: Pierce – 17.9 Knicks: David Lee – 20.3
Bos: Perkins – 8.1 Knicks: David Lee – 11.4
Bos: Rondo – 9.7 Knicks: Chris Duhon – 6.2
Who'll go off: Ray Allen. Do the Knicks have anyone that can cover him? With Tracy McGrady questionable (knee), Eddie House could get the start. Neither can hang with Ray. I also like the Celtics bigs vs David Lee and Danilo Gallinari.
Who needs to be stopped: Al Harrington. He's a tough matchup for the Celtics second unit, i.e. Glen Davis, Rasheed Wallace and Brian Scalabrine.
The C's will lose if… Turnovers, turnover, turnovers.
Miscellany: The Knicks are coming off an 83-67 loss to Milwaukee. They've lost 7 in a row and 9 of their last 10. The Celtics have 5 straight home wins vs the Knicks. Ray Allen averaged 23.3 points and shot 9-for-18 on 3-point attempts in his last three games.
Prediction: Celtics 105 – Knicks 88