Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will face each other in one of the most interesting NBA matches on Wednesday evening. The hosts got back on the winning track, and they have enjoyed a successful run. The away side suffered a defeat in its latest match, and they look forward to bouncing back with a win.
Golden State managed to stabilize its form, and the home side has played pretty confidently in the past few games. They want to continue in the same fashion against a strong rival. On the other hand, Boston fights for the pole position in its division. The visitors will face a tough challenge, but they are ready for it.
Golden State Warriors – Can they keep winning?
After a series of five straight defeats, the Warriors managed to consolidate and enter another winning run. They celebrated on the previous four occasions, staying second in the Pacific Division with a 47-22 record. It is going to be their third consecutive match on the home court, and they were better than the Bucks and the Wizards in the previous two. Golden State goes to this one after beating Washington 126-112 when Stephen Curry led them to success with 47 points, six rebounds, six assists, and one steal for 35 minutes spent in the game.
Stephen Curry is at the same time the most productive player for the Warriors with 25.8 points, 6.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per contest. Klay Thompson contributes with 17.8 pts, four rebs, and 2.9 assists, while Andrew Wiggins produces 17.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. Kevon Looney tops the rebounds charts with 7.6 per game while having 6.3 pts. Gary Payton II won’t be available to make an appearance in this clash, while Andrew Wiggins is questionable.
Expected Line-Up: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Otto Porter Jr., Draymond Green, Kevon Looney
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Boston Celtics – Will they bounce back?
The Celtics’ five-game winning streak ended in their most recent match, which they lost against the Dallas Mavericks at home. They had a poor 37.5 field goal percentage and couldn’t stop Luka Doncic, who scored 26 points. Nevertheless, Boston is second in the Atlantic Division with a 41-28 record, having the same number of wins as the top-placed 76ers, but Boston played two games more. However, the visitors need to be cautious not to slip from the top-two zone since the Raptors are only three wins behind, having a game in hand.
Jayson Tatum leads the Celtics’ offense with 26.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and one steal per contest. Jaylen Brown averages 22.9 pts, 6.1 rebs, 3.4 assists, and a steal, while Marcus Smart contributes with 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.7 steals. Regarding the selection issues, Boston won’t have many troubles since Aaron Nesmith is the only player that cannot be considered.
Expected Line-Up: Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Robert Williams III
Expert Pick #1 – Over 220 @-110
Since this match can easily go either way, my first pick will be the Over. It cashed eight times in Boston’s last 11, while ten of the Warriors’ previous 14 games went over the margin. Therefore, I expect that trend to continue in this one as well.
Expert Pick #2 – Boston Celtics +2 @-110
It’s going to be a tight clash, but I’m leaning towards Boston here. They covered the number in seven of their last eight h2h clashes while not having selection issues for this one. On the other hand, the Warriors will likely miss Andrew Wiggins, and the visitors might cover the spread again. I’ll back them as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Stephen Curry Over 25.5 @-105
Stephen Curry averages 26 points in the last ten appearances, while he scores 30 pts on average against the Celtics. He could have another high-scoring performance, and I expect him to produce at least 26 points again.