Check out our free Warriors vs Celtics pick and preview for this NBA game in Boston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this NBA matchup.
Warriors vs Celtics NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics
- Where: Boston at TD Garden
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds BOS -6, GS +194 | BOS -242 O/U OFF
The Warriors come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 22-22. So far, the team has gone 20-23-1 against the spread. In the teams past 3 games, their overall mark sits at 2-1. Golden State is 2-1 vs the spread in these matchups.
In their previous game, the Warriors took down the Wizards by a score of 127-118. Not only did they come away with a straight up win, but they also covered the spread as 3 point favorites. In the game, Golden State was able to hold on to their first half lead, as they led the Wizards by 5 going into the second half. Leading the team in scoring was Stephen Curry, as he contributed 41 points while hitting 42.9% of his shots.
So far, the Celtics have put together an overall record of 33-12, while going 25-19-1 vs the spread. Boston comes into the game having rattled off 7 straight wins. In these victories, the team has an average scoring margin of 13.14 points per game
The Celtics will look to keep things rolling, as they previously beat the Hornets by a score of 130-118. Heading into the game, they were 8 point favorites against the spread, giving them an ATS win. Boston played well enough in the second half to prevent the Hornets from making things interesting down the stretch, as they led by 11 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Jayson Tatum, as he contributed 51 points while hitting 65.2% of his shots.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
I Last year, the Warriors saw a drop in overall scoring when playing the Celtics, averaging 99.5 points per game. While the Warriors struggled on offense in the series, the Celtics maintained their usual level of scoring at 108.5 vs Golden State. In terms of betting, Golden State has an ATS record of 4-1 in the previous 5 matchups vs Boston. This mark has come on an average scoring margin of +7 points per game in favor of the Warriors. Golden State and Boston averaged a combined 207 points per game in these games, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
Coming into today’s action, Golden State is averaging 117.5 points per contest. This figure places them 4th in the league. When looking at the Warriors pace of play, they tend to play an up-tempo style of basketball. So far, the team is in the upper half of the NBA in possessions per game, averaging 102.5. Golden State has been effective on offense due to the fact that they not only play an up-tempo style, but they have one of the best effective field goal percentages in the league at 56.3%.
So far, the Warriors have played well defensively, as they are ranked 3rd in the league at 105.46 points per contest.
Point-Guard Jordan Poole currently leads the Warriors at 21.0 points per game. For the season, he is 17th in the NBA in usage rate and has taken 18.1% of the team’s field goal attempts. In addition to his scoring, Poole is averaging 2.6 boards and 4.4 assists per contest. In today’s game, he is facing off against the NBA’s 14th ranked defense at defending point-guards. Stephen Curry enters the game sitting second on the team in scoring. Through 30 games, he is averaging 29.3 and is 10th in the league in player efficiency rating.
Through 45 games, Boston is the 2nd best scoring team at 118.8 points per game. The Celtics come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 15.6 made 3’s per game. A key to the team’s offensive success is their ability to knock down outside shots, as they are ranked 2nd in 3-point shots made per game. Their overall offensive numbers could go up if they begin to play at a faster pace. So far, they are below the league average in possessions per contest.
On the defensive end of the floor, the Celtics are giving up an average of 104.48 points per game, good for 1st in the NBA.
Before getting a bet down on this matchup, be sure to check in on the health status of Jaylen Brown who is 2nd on the team in scoring at 27.2 points per game. At the time of this article, Brown is listed as questionable. For the season, he is 2nd on the team in usage rate and is 42nd in the NBA in player efficiency rating. If he is able to play, Boston benefit from having both of their top scorers as Jayson Tatum leads the team and is 3rd in the league in scoring (31.1). For today’s matchup, he will going against a defense ranked 20th in points allowed to power-fowards.
Warriors vs Celtics Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Celtics -6
- Free Total Prediction: Over OFF