Both the Boston Celtics (13-2) go head-to-head with the Golden State Warriors (11-3) look to continue their winning streaks when they battle at TD Garden. The Celtics have won their last 13 games, while the Warriors have won seven games in a row. Golden State is a 7-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 214 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and it can be seen on TNT.
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Odds Preview
In the Warriors last contest, they defeated the Orlando Magic, 110-100. Kevin Durant was the games leading scorer with 21 points on 9-for-18 shooting. The Warriors had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 27.9 (above their season average of 22.6) and held the Magic to an effective field goal percentage of 0.477 (below their season average of 0.546).
The Celtics will look to maintain momentum after beating the Brooklyn Nets in their last game, 109-102. Al Horford had a good game for Boston, finishing with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Boston dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.256 (above their season average of 0.213) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.9 (below their season average of 24.7). Brooklyn recorded marks of 0.114 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats.
Boston should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Boston ranks second in the NBA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 13.5 percent), while Golden State forces the seventh-fewest turnovers (14.1 percent). Furthermore, the top-ranked offense of the Warriors (offensive efficiency of 116.5) will go head-to-head against the top-ranked defense of the Celtics (defensive efficiency of 96.0).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Golden State games have finished over 57.1 percent of the time, while games featuring Boston have gone under 66.7 percent of the time. Both teams have excellent straight up (SU) records (11-3 for Golden State; 13-2 for Boston), but the Celtics have the edge against the spread (ATS). Boston is 12-2-1 ATS, while the Warriors are 7-7.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent game, the Celtics won 99-86. The Celtics dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.179 and a turnover percentage of 11.5. For those same stats, the Warriors put up marks of 0.071 and 16.2, respectively.
Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Warriors, ATS Winner – Warriors, O/U – Under
- The Warriors rank first in blocks per game (8.7) while the Celtics rank 23rd (3.9).
- Boston ranks second in three pointers allowed per game (25.6) while Golden State ranks 20th (29.3).
- Boston ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (9.7) while Golden State ranks 23rd (13.5).
- Golden State averages 45.1 points in the paint per game, which ranks ninth in the NBA. Boston ranks 12th in points allowed in the paint per game (42.8).
- Golden State is 4-2 ATS on the road with 4 overs and 2 unders.
- Boston is 5-1-1 ATS at home with 4 unders and 3 overs.
- When holding opponents below 100 points, Boston is 11-0 and Golden State is 2-0.
- The Warriors are 10-3 when they score above 100 points, while the Celtics are 9-1.
- The Celtics rank sixth in assists allowed per game (20.5) while the Warriors rank 25th (24.2).
- Boston ranks first in steals allowed per game (6.3) while Golden State ranks 27th (9.5).
- The Celtics rank third in fast break points allowed per game (7.7) while the Warriors rank 27th (13.6).
- The Celtics rank second in rebounds per game (47.6) while the Warriors rank 11th (44.9).
- Boston ranks third in points off turnovers allowed per game (14.7) while Golden State ranks 26th (19.6).
- Boston is 3-1-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Golden State is 4-1 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
- The Celtics average margin of victory in their last five games has been 5.0, down from 8.1 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Warriors have scored an average of 118.8 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 100.6 points per game (7.1 below their season average).