Golden State Warriors at Boston Celtics - 12/17/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Boston Celtics (14-14) vs Golden State Warriors (23-5)
Game Info: Friday, December 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
Betting Odds: Boston Celtics +2.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Golden State Warriors invade the TD Garden to do battle with the Boston Celtics on Friday night.
The Golden State Warriors have been in fine form as they’ve won four of their last five games and they will be eager to stay hot after taking down the Knicks in a 105-96 road win on Tuesday. Stephen Curry led the team with 22 points on eight of 19 shooting, Jordan Poole added 19 points with nine rebounds and three assists, Draymond Green tallied eight points with 11 rebounds and seven assists, while Andrew Wiggins chipped in with 18 points. As a team, the Warriors shot 45 percent from the field and 15 of 40 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and trailed at halftime, before pulling ahead in the third quarter where they held the Knicks to just 16 points. The Warriors got next to no support from their bench as no reserve player scored more than seven points except for Nemanja Bjelica who finished with 14 points on five of five shooting.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics have been in a bit of a rut lately as they’ve lost four of their past six games and they will be looking to build some momentum after arresting a three-game skid with a 117-103 home win over the Bucks on Monday. Jayson Tatum drained seven 3-pointers to lead the team with 42 points on 16 of 25 shooting, Jaylen Brown added 19 points while Grant Williams chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds off the bench. As a team, the Celtics shot 50 percent from the field and a sizzling 20 of 47 from the 3-point line as they held the Bucks to just 20 points in the second quarter to rally back from an early 12-point deficit, before running away with it in the second half where they outscored the Bucks by 66-53. Dennis Schroder had a quiet night as he finished with just seven points on two of 10 shooting off the bench while Marcus Smart scored just two points on one of six shooting.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on two days’ rest and 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall. The Celtics are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the under is 21-8 in the last 29 meetings overall and the Warriors are 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Warriors are coming into this game with plenty of momentum and Curry will be relieved that he finally broke the NBA record in the road win over the Knicks on Tuesday. The Celtics have been well below their best lately, but they’re starting to get healthy again with Brown back in the linuep, and they looked great in their big win over the Bucks in their last outing. It’s tempting to go with the Warriors at the short line, but the Celtics should be well-rested as they haven’t played since Monday and I think they’ll come out on top with a much-needed win here.