Boston Celtics (36-35, seventh in the Eastern Conference) vs. New York Knicks (40-31, fourth in the Eastern Conference)
New York; Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Jayson Tatum leads Boston into a matchup with New York. He currently ranks 10th in the NBA scoring 26.4 points per game.
The Knicks have gone 24-17 against Eastern Conference teams. New York leads the NBA at limiting opponent scoring, allowing 104.9 points while holding opponents to 44% shooting.
The Celtics are 4-7 against opponents from the Atlantic Division. Boston ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference with 44.2 rebounds per game led by Tristan Thompson averaging 8.1.
The teams meet for the third time this season. The Celtics won 101-99 in the last matchup on April 7. Jaylen Brown led Boston with 32 points, and RJ Barrett led New York with 29 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Julius Randle is shooting 45.8% and averaging 24.2 points. Derrick Rose is averaging 17.5 points and 4.4 assists over the last 10 games for New York.
Tatum is third on the Celtics averaging 4.3 assists while scoring 26.4 points per game. Evan Fournier is averaging 16 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 49.4% over the last 10 games for Boston.
LAST 10 GAMES: Knicks: 6-4, averaging 109 points, 42.6 rebounds, 23 assists, 6.5 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 46.2% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.2 points on 43.2% shooting.
Celtics: 4-6, averaging 119.1 points, 43.8 rebounds, 25.5 assists, eight steals and 6.7 blocks per game while shooting 46.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 118.5 points on 48.1% shooting.
INJURIES: Knicks: Luca Vildoza: day to day (not with team), Mitchell Robinson: out (ankle).
Celtics: Marcus Smart: out (calf), Tristan Thompson: out (pectoral), Jaylen Brown: out for season (wrist), Robert Williams III: out (foot), Kemba Walker: out (neck).