Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics NBA Pick – Game 4

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball action on Friday night. The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will meet up in Game 4 of the NBA Finals in this one. These two teams have been strong throughout the playoffs and will look for a big win in this one. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.

Golden State has earned a record of 13-6 throughout this postseason as the third seed in the Western Conference. The Warriors have eliminated the Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks to reach this point. Golden State is coming off a loss in Game 3 of this series and will look to bounce back in this one. I expect the Warriors to try and have a fast start in this matchup.

The Celtics have put up a record of 14-7 so far in the playoffs as the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Boston knocked off the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat to reach the Finals. The Celtics have the 2-1 series lead in the Finals and will look to go up 3-1. Boston will look to pick up their play in front of the home crowd.

These two teams have been strong throughout the playoffs and will look for a big win in Game 4. The Warriors will look to tie this series back up, but Boston will look to take a stranglehold with a 3-1 lead. Both teams will look to set the tone early in this one. If either team can come out fast in this one, it could be enough for the win.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Golden State Warriors +4 (-110) +145 Over 214 ½ (-110)
Boston Celtics -4 (-110) -170 Under 214 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Golden State Warriors Boston Celtics
Playoff Record 13-6 14-7
Away/ Home Playoff Record 3-5 6-4
Playoff PPG 113.0 107.2
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 108.8 106.7
Playoff PAPG 108.9 101.6
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 116.3 100.1

Betting Trends

Golden State Warriors

  • 52-49 ATS this season
  • 12-11 ATS as an underdog
  • 20-29 ATS in road games
  • 8-3 ATS on Friday nights
  • 5-8 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 17-16 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 10-9 ATS in Playoffs
  • 1-0 ATS when trailing in series
  • 7-6 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 11-5 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 32-24 ATS against team with a winning record

Boston Celtics

  • 57-42 ATS this season
  • 38-32 ATS as a favorite
  • 24-25 ATS in home games
  • 7-10 ATS on Friday nights
  • 9-4 ATS against Pacific division
  • 20-11 ATS in non-Conference games
  • 13-7 ATS in Playoffs
  • 3-2 ATS when leading in series
  • 22-12 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 17-21 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 37-20 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams have met in three exciting games. Al Horford dropped 26 points in Game 1, while Jaylen Brown added 24 points as Boston earned a 120-108 win. Steph Curry put up 29 points in Game 2 to lift the Warriors to a 107-88 win. Brown finished with 27 points and 9 rebounds, while Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 9 assists in Game 3 to lead the Celtics to a 116-100 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The Warriors have been strong shooting the ball in the playoffs. Golden State has made 48.7 percent of their shots from the field. The Warriors have shot 38.3 percent from deep. Golden State has also drained 75.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe. The Warriors have held opposing teams to a 46.5 percent from the field.

Boston has been solid shooting the ball as well in the postseason. The Celtics have been shooting 45.4 percent from the field. Boston has made 37.3 percent of their shots from behind the arc. The Celtics have sunk 80.4 percent of their shots from the free throw line. Boston has allowed their opponents to shoot 46.7 percent from the field.

Golden State has a slight edge shooting the ball from the field and deep, but the Celtics have been a bit better from the free throw line. The Warriors have also been strong on defense, but both teams will look to stay strong on that end. If either team can come out shooting well in this one, it could be enough to lift them to the win.

Top Performers

Stephen Curry has been the leader for Golden State on the postseason. Curry is averaging 26.8 points and 5.8 assists per game in the playoffs. Klay Thompson has averaged 19.4 points, while Jordan Poole is averaging 17.4 points per game. Andrew Wiggins has averaged 15.9 points. Draymond Green rounds out the lineup, averaging 8.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game.

Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown have both been strong for the Celtics in the playoffs. Tatum has averaged 26.3 points and 6.2 assists per game. Brown is averaging 22.9 points and 6.9 rebounds. Marcus Smart has averaged 15.4 points, while Al Horford is averaging 12.1 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Grant Williams has averaged 9.4 points to round out the lineup.

These two teams have been led by their leaders throughout the postseason. Curry has been great in the playoffs, but will need someone to step up if the Warriors want to tie this series up. Tatum and Brown are coming off a great combined effort in Game 3. If either team can have some role players come out hot though, it could give them a major edge.

Pick Overview

These two teams are strong and will look for a big win in Game 4 of this series. The Warriors are coming off a tough loss in Game 3 and will look to bounce back on the road. Golden State will look for their offense to pick up early in this one to gain a lead. If the Warriors can tighten up on defense as well, I like their chances to earn the win.

Bovada has Boston listed as a -170 against the money line in this one. This implies that the Celtics will win this game around 63 percent of the time to take the 3-1 series lead. I think that this line should be closer to even with both teams playing well. Golden State will change things up as they look to tie this series back up before going home. As big underdogs, I like the value on the Warriors to tie this series up.

The Bet
Golden State Warriors
+145
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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