In tonight’s interconference contest, the Golden State Warriors (23-5) are facing off against the Boston Celtics (14-14) at TD Garden. Will Jayson Tatum and the Celtics win their fifth head-to-head consecutive game versus the Warriors?
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics news
Heading into Friday night’s thriller, the Warriors are 18-9-1 against the spread in the 2021-22 NBA season, while the Celtics are 14-14 against the spread. This game will start at 7 p.m. ET, and the contest will air live via ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area, ESPN2, NBC Sports Boston, ESPN Deportes and NBA League Pass. According to Land of Basketball’s database, based on 344 head-to-head regular season games played all-time, Boston is 207-137 versus Golden State. Additionally, in the past three meetings, the Celtics are a flawless 3-0 against the Warriors.
On Apr. 17, 2021, the last time these teams met during the regular season, Boston won 119-114. Switching gears, the top story for this matchup pertains to the uncertainties of which players will be allowed to play in tonight’s game. Needless to say, COVID-19 has been a larger problem for several teams across the league these last six weeks. On early Friday morning, Warriors guard Jordan Poole entered the NBA health and safety protocols. So far this season, Poole is averaging 17.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Continue to review these teams’ injury reports before this contest begins.
Warriors news: Jordan Poole has entered health and safety protocols.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 17, 2021
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics betting lines and odds
Point spread: Warriors -3 (-110)
Best moneyline: Warriors -150, Celtics +130
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics injury report
Warriors: SG Klay Thompson (out indefinitely) | C James Wiseman (out indefinitely) | SG Jordan Poole (out)
Celtics: PF Jabari Parker (out) | SG Josh Richardson (probable) | SG Romeo Langford (probable) | PF Al Horford (out) | PF Grant Williams (out)
#NEBHInjuryReport update vs. Golden State:
Al Horford (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUT
Jabari Parker (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUT
Grant Williams (Health & Safety Protocols) – OUT
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 17, 2021
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics preview
Furthermore, in the Warriors’ 105-96 road win over the Knicks on Tuesday, guard Stephen Curry led his team in scoring, putting up 22 points in 35 minutes played. Guard Jordan Poole also accumulated 19 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 34 minutes spent on the court. In the third quarter, the Warriors outscored the Knicks 24 to 16.
Not only did Golden State out-rebounded New York 49 to 35, the team scored 38 points in the paint. However, their performance at the free throw line was below average. They shot 20-for-27 (74.1%). Despite a couple of missed free throws, they still shot 35-for-77 (45.5%) from the field and 15-for-40 (37.5%) from behind the arc. After this victory, the team is 9-3 away, 14-2 at home and 7-5 ATS on the road this season.
Per ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Warriors have a 67.8% chance of winning.
As for the Celtics, on Monday, in their 117-103 home win versus the Bucks, forward Jayson Tatum scored a team-high 42 points in 38 minutes of action. Guard Jaylen Brown ended his night with 19 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 30 minutes played. In the second half, the C’s scored a combined total of 66 points. Although Milwaukee outscored them 44 to 38 in the key, Boston played a great game offensively.
In the Celtics’ surprising home win, they shot 43-for-86 (50%) from the floor and 20-for-47 (42.6%) from three-point range. However, the C’s have won just four of their last 10 games. They have won five consecutive games versus Golden State, but Boston is an inconsistent team right now. The C’s are 7-4 at home, 7-10 away and 9-8 ATS on the road this season.
Projected starting lineup
Warriors: PG Stephen Curry | SG Gary Payton II | SF Andrew Wiggins | PF Draymond Green | C Kevon Looney
Celtics: PG Marcus Smart | SG Jaylen Brown | SF Jayson Tatum | PF Juancho Hernangomez | C Robert Williams III
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics prediction
Moreover, the total for tonight’s interconference clash is set at 215. Referencing the spread consensus, 86% of gamblers are predicting to cover the spread at TD Garden. Pertaining to the point total consensus, 79% of bettors are expecting the total to go over 215. Until now, Golden State is 21-4 as a favorite, 2-1 as an underdog and 7-5 ATS away, whereas Boston is 11-5 as a favorite, 3-9 as an underdog and 5-6 ATS at home. Keep in mind, both teams have an over/under record below .500.
For notable betting trends, the Warriors are 13-6 ATS in their previous 19 performances this season. The total has gone under in nine of their past 11 contests. Next, Golden State is 16-4 straight up in the team’s last 20 games. And, the Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their previous five matches versus Boston. Lastly, the total has gone under in their last five head-to-head contests against the Celtics at TD Garden.
As for the Celtics, they are 2-4 SU in their past six performances. Also, the total has gone under in six of their previous nine games played. And, Boston is 7-1 SU in their last eight contests played at home. Next, the C’s are 1-5 SU in their past six matches versus Western Conference opponents. In summary, the Warriors will possibly earn their first win against the Celtics since Jan. 26, 2019. Not to mention, there is a good chance they’ll cover the spread. For gambling advice, feel free to read our handicap betting guide.
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics betting pick
Pick the Warriors to win, they will cover the spread and the total will go over 215. Golden State is a three-point favorite on the road with BetUS.
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