NBA Game Preview: Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics

Jan 19, 2023

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Game: Golden State Warriors @ Boston Celtics

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Odds: Warriors +6, Celtics -6

Total: 237

Winners of seven straight, the Boston Celtics can exact some revenge for an earlier season to Golden State tonight in Boston. Back on December 10 in San Francisco, the defending NBA champion Warriors pounded the Celtics 123-107. Klay Thompson scored 34 points and Stephen Curry added 32 (six three-pointers) for the winners. Jaylen Brown had 31 points and nine rebounds for Boston. With tonight’s game in Boston and the Celtics on a roll, there is a chance Boston evens the season series.

The problem for the Celtics is that Brown is doubtful for tonight. He has missed Boston’s last three games with a groin injury that he sustained on January 11 in a game against New Orleans. Brown scores 27.2 points and grabs 7.1 rebounds per game. It was expected that Brown would miss approximately a week.

Tonight’s game features a number of top scorers. Brown may be out, but his teammate Jayson Tatum will play. Tatum ranks third in the NBA averaging 31.1 points per game. Brown ranks 11th. Curry averages 29.3 points per game, which would tie him with Damian Lillard of Portland for eighth. However, Curry has not played enough games to be a qualifier in the scoring race.

Golden State (16.3) and Boston (15.6) rank No. 1 and 2 in the NBA in three-point field goals per game. That is one of the reasons why the teams are both ranked in the top-4 in scoring. Boston is second and Golden State is fourth. Since beating Boston last June to win its fourth NBA title in eight seasons, this will be the Warriors’ first trip to Beantown.

Tatum scored a season-high 51 points during Boston’s 130-118 victory over Charlotte on Monday, passing Larry Bird for the most 50-point games in Celtics history. It was his first 50-plus point performance since last season and the fifth time in his NBA career that he did it in a regular-season game. In a victory over Miami earlier this season, Tatum scored 49 points, and against San Antonio in 2021, he scored a career-high 60 points.

Golden State beat Washington 127-118 in its most recent game on Monday. The Warriors had dropped their previous four games going into that one. Curry led the way with 41 points while Draymond Green contributed 17 points, 10 assists, and 6 rebounds for Golden State. Jordan Poole added 32 points. With 1:29 left in the game, Curry and Poole hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 123-114 advantage.

The Warriors have really struggled on the road this season. Currently, they are just 5-17 SU in away games. Golden State is 2-4 SU and ATS in its last six games; however, the Warriors are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six against Boston. Interestingly, the Over has hit in each of the last ten Warriors road games.

In addition to winning their last seven straight, Boston has won six straight at home. The Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five games. The Under is 5-1 in the last six games against Golden State.

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