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The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA, and will look to improve that record on Friday night against the Boston Celtics. But Boston will be motivated to pick up an important home win in this contest to improve its position in the Eastern Conference. In this edition of NBA picks, we look at Warriors vs Celtics and give our best bet for this battle between the East coast and West coast.
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Warriors vs Celtics Betting Pick
This game will be played at TD Garden at 7:30 PM ET on Friday, December 17, 2021.
Why Bet The Warriors vs Celtics Under:
✅ While the Golden State Warriors play with a top-10 pace in the NBA this season, the Celtics play a much more methodical style. The Celtics are 20th in the NBA in pace, and should be able to impose their style on the game at home. A slower pace will benefit the under in this matchup, as the Celtics should force the Warriors to slow down as well.
✅ The Golden State Warriors are the number one team in the NBA in defensive rating this season, while the Celtics rank 10th in the NBA in that metric to this point in the year. These two teams should combine for a defensive masterclass, even with both teams boasting some of the best scorers in the game today.
✅ These are two of the worst teams in the NBA at going over the total this season. The Warriors are a league-worst 7-20-1 on overs this year, while the Celtics are in the bottom-10 at 11-16-1 to the over on the year. Both teams will continue those trends by putting up another under in this matchup in Boston.
Golden State Warriors
Golden State has won two straight games on the road, sweeping a back to back against the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. The game against the Knicks was the game where Stephen Curry set the all-time record for threes made in a career. With that milestone out of the way, the Warriors can focus on playing good team basketball again, without any records to serve as a distraction.
Against the Celtics, the matchups for the Warriors’ stars could be a little tougher than usual. Steph Curry will likely be chased around by a combination of Dennis Schroder and Marcus Smart, while Andrew Wiggins will have to deal with a combination of Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. If either of those two players are slowed down, the Warriors could suffer a rare loss this season on Friday night.
Boston snapped a three-game losing streak in their last time out, beating the Milwaukee Bucks at home to move to 14-14 on the season. That win over the Bucks was Boston’s first home game after a five-game road trip that saw them play several playoff contenders out West. Now that they are back at home, the Celtics will look to do damage against another contender in the Warriors.
While the defense of the Celtics will be put under the microscope against the high-powered Warriors offense, the Celtics will need ample scoring from Tatum and Brown. Tatum is coming off of a 42-point performance against the Bucks, and will need a similar number to cancel out Steph Curry on the other side.