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Two squads with opposite goals for the season are clashing today, when the playoff bound Boston Celtics (31-15), who have lost only once in their last 5 games, are hosting the struggling Golden State Warriors (10-38), who on the other hand have won only once in their last fifteen games.
Date/Time: 01-30-2020, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -12
Boston Celtics have a 31-15 record (27-17-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the 4th place of the East. They have won four of their last five matches and in their last game they won on the road against the Heat with a 109-101 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kemba Walker with 22.3 ppg, adding 4 rebounds and a team high 5 assists per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 21.5 ppg and 6.9 rebounds per game but he is questionable for today.
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Golden State Warriors have a 10-38 record (23-25 against the spread) and are sitting in the last place of the West. They have lost 14 of their last 15 games and in their latest matchup they lost on the road against the Sixers with a 104-115 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by D’Angelo Russell with 24 ppg, adding 6.3 assists per game. He is followed by Steph Curry with 20.2 ppg, 5 rebounds and a team high 6.5 assists per game but he is out with an injury.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Celtics won on the road with a 100-105 score. Celtics are 18-5 at home, while the Warriors are 3-21 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 112.2 ppg to Warriors’ 105.7 and defensively, allowing 105.5 ppg to Warriors’ 114.3. They also have better percentages both in field goals (46.1% to 42.9%) and in 3-pointers (35.6% to 33.9%). On the other hand, Warriors are better in assists made (24.8 to 23.5), while Celtics are better both in rebounding (45.5 to 43.9) and in turnovers committed (13.7 to 14.7). Bookmakers give the Celtics a -12 spread and expect them to beat the odds against an inferior Warriors team.
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics Pick: Boston Celtics -12 (-109)
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