It is a tale of contrasting fortunes. While the Boston Celtics have won 5 games on the trot, the New York Knicks have their own 5-game streak, but not one that they would be proud of. They will look to turn the tide with their last game on the road before moving to home comforts.
Date & Time: 16th January’21, 1:00pm EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston
Fortunately, the good news is that they still have enough firepower with as many as 10 players available. Jaylen Brown has been an absolute treat to watch this season. The highly underrated future All-Star is averaging a career-high 25.8 points at a proficient 53.7% shooting.
While Brad Stevens started Grant Williams in the win against the Magic, it is time to reinstate Daniel Theis into the starting lineup. They will only stay at the top of the table if they win. Otherwise, a loss will mean a relinquishment of the top spot to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Guard – Jeff Teague
Guard – Marcus Smart
Center – Tristan Thompson
Forward – Daniel Theis
Forward – Jaylen Brown
The Knicks looked like they may finally turn the tide around this season. Through the first 8 games, they had a 5-3 winning record and looked set to banish their Playoffs demons. But in typical Knicks fashion, they have since lost 5 games and ended in familiar territory.
Although the shining light for them has been Julius Randle, he may be joining their opponents on Sunday soon. He has been linked to a potential January trade to the Celtics.
Guard – Elfrid Payton
Guard – RJ Barrett
Center – Mitchell Robinson
Forward – Reggie Bullock
Forward – Julius Randle
Although the Celtics are a little short-handed because of the absence of Tatum, they have enough in the tank to overpower the NewYorkers. Rookie Payton Pritchard provides a spark off the bench that the Knicks don’t have.
It is hard to see any other winner of this encounter. The Big Green Machine is firing on all cylinders and the Knicks, well, still grapple with winning.