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Are the Celtics ‘Back’? Why Thursday’s Game vs. Knicks Will Provide More Answers

Dec 06, 2018 5:10 PM EST

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Brad Stevens

Betting odds: New York Knicks at Boston Celtics

  • Spread: Celtics -13
  • Over/under: 217
  • Tip: 8 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT

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The Boston Celtics might finally be getting it together.

After their abysmal start to the season, the Celtics have won four of their past five. In those games — since their loss to, ahem, the Knicks (who they face Thursday night on TNT as 12.5-point favorites) — Boston has the best net rating in the league with the seventh-best defense and the fifth-best offense in that span.

The combined records of the five teams the Celtics played during that span? 48-75. So, yeah, they’ve gotten right vs. the bad teams.

But there are real signs of growth.