Celtics vs Warriors Prediction - NBA Picks 12/19/23

Golden State Warriors (12-14) vs Boston Celtics (20-5)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 19, 2023 at 10:00 pm (Chase Center)

Betting Odds: Golden State Warriors +5.5 -- Over/Under: 232 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Boston Celtics are riding a 5-game winning streak. The Golden State Warriors look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors prediction.

Boston Celtics Betting Preview

The Boston Celtics have beaten the Knicks, Cavs and Magic during this streak. The Boston Celtics are averaging 117.6 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 108.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 27.3 points and 8.7 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 22.3 points and 4.7 rebounds. Kristaps Porzingis is the third double-digit scorer and Derrick White is grabbing 4 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.5 rebounds per game.

Boston Celtics Player Facts

  • Derrick White is one of only five qualified players in the league averaging at least 1.0 threes, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season.
  • Jayson Tatum ranks 2nd amongst qualified Guards for rebounds per game (8.7) this season.

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Golden State Warriors Betting Preview

The Golden State Warriors are coming off wins over the Nets and Trail Blazers. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 115.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 115.7 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Stephen Curry is averaging 28 points and 4.4 assists, while Klay Thompson is averaging 16.8 points and 2.1 assists. Andrew Wiggins is the third double-digit scorer and Jonathan Kuminga is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Golden State Warriors are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 79 percent from the free throw line. The Golden State Warriors are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.9 rebounds per game.

Golden State Warriors Player Facts

  • Stephen Curry ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FT% (93.4%) this season.
  • Klay Thompson ranks 8th amongst qualified players for FT% (90.8%) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Warriors rank 2nd in the league for rebounds per game this season (46.9).
  • The Warriors rank 2nd in the league for offensive rebounds per game this season (13.2).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent blocks per game this season (3.7).
  • The Celtics rank 1st in the league for opponent free throw percentage this season (73.3%).

Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors prediction

The Golden State Warriors have the ability to get up for big games, and them as home dogs is always attractive. However, the Warriors have been subpar at best this season, and they're still down their best defenders in Gary Payton and Draymond Green. Chris Paul is also questionable with an illness. Close wins over the Nets and Trail Blazers don't move the needle for me. The Boston Celtics are easily the better, more trustworthy side, and they've covered 4 of their last 5 games. We're not laying a ton. Give me the Celtics and reasonable number against a slumping and undermanned Warriors team.

Randy’s Pick Boston Celtics -5.5

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