TD Garden will host a divisional battle between the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics, the team with the best record in the Atlantic. With a 10-14 record, the Celtics look to take another step towards .500 with a win. Through a quarter of the season, the Knicks have not found their stride and sport a record of 6-15. This game is slated to start at 7:30 pm EST and it will be covered by MSG and CSN-NE.
After their 96-88 loss to the Clippers, the Celtics are looking to avoid a repeat performance. The game's leading scorer was Jeff Green, who registered 29 in the game. Meanwhile, the Knicks are coming off a win over the Bulls, 83-78. Carmelo Anthony was one of the key players, recording 30 points and 10 rebounds to claim his 11th double-double so far this year. This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams, with the Celtics taking the first game, 114-73. In the victory, Jordan Crawford led all scorers with 23 points.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the NBA's slowest-paced teams square off. Boston ranks 27th in the league in possessions per game (95.0 possessions per game), while New York is 30th (93.3). Also, the Knicks commit the second-fewest errors in the NBA (TO% of 13.5%), while the disruptive defense of the Celtics causes the second-most (opponents' TO% of 22.5%).