The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are scheduled to clash on NBA Saturday Primetime. The Warriors are coming off a 119-101 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night. It was the fourth consecutive game that the Warriors put a complete game together. They’re on a four-game winning streak with a win over the Rockets, 125-109, Nuggets, 116-107, Thunder, 147-109, and Cavaliers.
Thanks to this ridiculous play-in tournament for the playoffs, there’s a good chance the Warriors are going to the playoffs. All is required is finishing in the top-10 of the West. The Warriors are currently 28-28 on the season for ninth in the conference. They have a three-game advantage on the New Orleans Pelicans, and a one-game advantage on the Spurs.
As you can tell, I’m not a fan of this new playoff format, but we might get to see a .500 team causing havoc in the postseason. If it’s going to be any lower seed to make noise, it has to be the Warriors. Let’s look at some of these teams flirting with the top-10. The Raptors are 23-34 and have the final seed in the East.
Nick Nurse and the Raptors don’t consider themselves a playoff team, nor do I. Like in what world should the Raptors, Wizards, or Bulls have a chance. Even the 20-35 Cleveland Cavaliers are only TWO games out! I didn’t care much for expanding the MLB postseason, and this is even worse when a team more than ten games below .500 can appear in a “playoff” game. But hey, the NBA is trying to recoup a lot of money that they lost during the pandemic. Understood.
The Dallas Mavericks could finish seventh in the West, so if that holds, they have a chance to pull off an upset or two. However, the Mavericks would be going to the playoffs under the old format as well. Of the tenth and ninth seeds, the Warriors might be the best bet for a longshot. They are no doubt hot and cold, and if they get hot, the Warriors can be a dangerous team. The Warriors are certainly hot recently.
The Celtics are really hot as of late. They welcome the Warriors to TD Garden on a five-game winning streak, and wins in seven of their last eight outings. They will get a Warriors team without James Wiseman tonight, but the Golden State offense has been clicking without him over the last three games. Head below for our free Warriors vs. Celtics pick on April 17, 2021.
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The Warriors are heating up from the floor, and if Stephen Curry and Andrew Wiggins get hot at the same time in the play-in tournament, they’re going to be a dangerous team. They just don’t have enough to threaten to win the Western Conference. Depth is a major problem for the Warriors compared to some of the elite teams of the conference, but Steph can put fear into any team. He has scored at least 30 points in seven straight games. In his last four outings, Curry has been on fire for 38, 53, 42, and 33 points.
The Warriors have recorded an average of 122.8 points per game through their last five outings. They are shooting better than 50% from the field with a 51.1% field goal percentage. Propelling the Warriors has been red-hot shooting from three. They have shot 40.4% from deep through those last five games. The Celtics have been heating up from the field as well. It’s been a long time coming for the Celtics who have been underachieving for most of this year.
Boston is 16th in the NBA with 112.6 points scored per game. They are still shooting an efficient 47% from the field and 37.6% from deep despite their record of 30-26. I think a lot of teams would be thrilled to be at 30-26, but not for a Celtics team that was expected to be a contender in the East. If they continue to play like they’ve been going lately, then the Celtics are going to go under the radar in the playoffs. The Celtics have scored 117.6 points per game in their last five games, and can keep up with the Dubs if Steph goes wild again. I like the OVER in a 119-115 type of game at TD Garden.