The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are scheduled to meet on Friday night at TD Garden in Boston. The Warriors stay on the road after a 105-96 win over the New York Knicks on Tuesday.
This will be their fourth of fifth stop on their road trip. They will be back home on Monday to welcome the Sacramento Kings. It isn’t the easiest stretch for the Warriors, as they’ll have three games in the next four days.
The Warriors are on a back-to-back with a trip north of the border to Toronto on Saturday night. Toronto doesn’t present a look ahead spot, so they can focus on the Celtics tonight without worrying about what’s in the immediate future.
We asked fans to submit their angle of Stephen Curry's HISTORIC moment at MSG Tuesday… and they showed out!
— NBA (@NBA) December 17, 2021
Stephen Curry broke the NBA record for most three pointers in a career. Curry has a lot of time left in his career. He’s going to pull way ahead from the competition and make it tough on someone else to break his mark.
He is going into Friday night with a staggering 2,977 three pointers made as a 33-year-old. As a team, Golden State is having a lot of success as well. They go into Boston with a record of 23-5 to take on the 14-14 Celtics.
There isn’t any time for the Warriors to relax with the Suns continuing to stay hot, and the Utah Jazz playing a lot better basketball as of late. The Suns and Warriors are currently in a deadlock at 23-5.
Phoenix has been playing without Devin Booker recently, but no problem for the Suns. No problem for the Dubs without Klay Thompson. He is due back on December 28 for the Warriors. The rest of the Western Conference doesn’t care to hear that news.
that ball movement?
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) December 14, 2021
The Celtics are coming off a 117-103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday. They’ve had a nice layoff, but not sure that was the best after the Celtics found a rhythm. Head below for our free Warriors vs. Celtics pick on December 17, 2021.
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Betting Odds and Team Statistics:
The following odds are courtesy of BetUS:
|Golden State Warriors||-3.5 (-110)||-165||Over 216 (-110)|
|Boston Celtics||+3.5 (-110)||+145||Under 216 (-110)|
|Team Data||Golden State Warriors||Boston Celtics|
|Points Per Game||111.8||108.3|
|Points Against Per Game||100.2||107.2|
|Field Goal %||47.1||44.4|
|Three Point %||36.5||33.7|
Warriors vs. Celtics Prediction:
The Golden State Warriors are close to impossible to beat if Stephen Curry is locked in. That goes for every team in the NBA and not just the Boston Celtics. If Curry goes off tonight, the Warriors will pull away from the Celtics in a hurry.
Golden State is third in the NBA with 111.8 points per game and a 47.1% field goal percentage. They are fifth in the league with a three-point percentage of 36.5%. Their offense is paced by a solid presence around the rim as well.
Not only can the Warriors shoot, but they’re picking up second chance points to put them above the competition. The Warriors are third best in the league on the offensive boards. On the defensive end, the Warriors are second in the league in defensive rebounding.
They’ve taken care of the defensive side very well this season. Curry gets the spotlight, rightfully so, but their defense doesn’t get enough credit. The Warriors are first in almost every defensive category. They are allowing 100.2 points per game and a 42.2% field goal percentage, both good for the lead in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Betting Trends:
- 24-9-1 ATS in their previous 34 games
- 16-6-1 ATS in their previous 23 games after covering the spread
- 21-8-1 ATS in their previous in their previous 30 games as a favorite
- 4-1 ATS in their previous on two-day rest
- 5-1 ATS in their previous six games versus the Atlantic Division
- 1-5 ATS in their previous six games after covering the spread
- 1-6 ATS in their previous seven games after scoring more than 100 points
- 2-5 ATS in their previous seven games after a win
- 7-1 overall in their previous eight games at TD Garden
- 12-6 ATS in their previous 18 games versus the Pacific Division
The Celtics were on a three-game losing streak before they handled the Bucks easily. They had losses in four of their previous five games.
In their most recent loss, the Celtics were bounced by the Suns, 111-90. This was after back-to-back losses against the LA teams, 117-102 and 114-111.
Despite the win over the Bucks, I don’t have the most confidence in the Celtics in this spot. They need a rebounder to disrupt the Warriors, and Al Horford is not going to be present.
Horford is in health and safety protocol and unavailable to go on Friday night. Robert Williams will have to step up big in the pain in this one.
In what should be a competitive game throughout, expect the Warriors to pull ahead in the 4th quarter. They should get out of TD Garden with a 7 or 8-point win on Friday night.