NBA Preview and Free Pick: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors
The Boston Celtics are struggling, and things aren’t about to get any easier this evening. The club
heads out west to take on the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors with the hosts
installed as pretty healthy favorites.
Date/Time/TV: Tues. Mar.5, 10:30PM EST, TNT
Spread: Golden State Warriors -9 (-110)
The Celtics were last in action on Sunday. They welcomed the Houston Rockets to town and went
down to defeat by a score of 115-104. That was the club’s fifth defeat in its last six games. For the
season, the Celtics are 38-26 (31-22-1 ATS).
The Warriors have been off since Saturday when they picked up a 3-point road decision over the
Philadelphia 76ers. That was the team’s fourth straight game on the road, a span for which they went
2-2. Golden State checks in with a record of 44-19 (25-37-1 ATS).
Boston is n 5th place in the Eastern Conference. They’re 10 games back of the 1st place Milwaukee
Bucks, and 2.5 games behind the 4th place 76ers. The team has hit a rough patch in recent times
while going 3-7 (4-6 ATS) over the last 10. On the road this year, the Celtics are 14-16 (12-18 ATS).
Team totals stand at 35-29 with the Under coming in for the last four in a row. Kyrie Irving leads the
way on offense. He’s averaging 23.4 ppg and 6.9 dimes. Jayson Tatum chips in with 16.1 ppg, while
Al Horford contributes 13.1 ppg and 6.8 boards.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State is in 1st place in the West and two games in front of the 2nd place Denver Nuggets. The
team’s play has leveled off in recent times as the team is just 6-4 (1-9 ATS) over the last 10. The
home court advantage is solid as the team is 23-8 (11-19- ATS) on the year.
Totals have been Under for four of the last five and stand at 33-30 for the season. Stephen Curry
leads the way on offense with 28.4 ppg and 5.2 dimes. Kevin Durant contributes 27.6 ppg and 6.9
boards, while Klay Thompson is averaging 22.0 ppg. Thompson is questionable tonight with a knee
Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction
These teams last met in January on Boston’s home floor. The Warriors were installed as 3.5-point
favorites for that one, and they covered in a 115-111 win. Golden State has a 7-3 edge for the last 10
meetings of these two clubs. Totals are 2-8 over that span.
The hosts are installed as 9-point favorites for tonight’s game. While we would expect them to get
the win on the home floor versus a struggling squad, covering is no sure thing as the Warriors are just
1-9 ATS over their last 10. We’ll look for the Celtics to begin showing some signs of life and keep it
closer than the spread suggests.
Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Pick: Boston Celtics +9 (-110)