Basketball Betting Preview–Boston Celtics at Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors have a trio of All-Stars in the starting lineup, so they are not exactly impoverished when they have to go without Kevin Durant in the lineup. Even so, the former MVP, who is currently out with a knee injury, kind of took over the lead from Steph Curry, so it is going to take some adjustment to play without him. On Wednesday night the Warriors will play host to the Boston Celtics, the second-place team in the East, in a game that is set to begin at 10:35 PM ET at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. BetAnySports patrons are able to get reduced juice on their basketball betting wagers, and then they can stay in the action during the game by pulling up the state-of-the-art software found through Live Betting Ultra.
The Warriors, as everyone knows, lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. And the Celtics actually have the Cavs in their sights, as they trail LeBron & Co. by only three games in the conference standings with their 40-24 record. But they will have to play better than they did the other night against the Los Angeles Clippers, who came from behind to beat them by 14 points. After the Celts lost the lead, they were getting very sloppy on the offensive end, but usually they are not like that. This Boston team is fundamentally sound in a lot of ways, placing third in the NBA in assists and fifth-best in terms of turnover frequency.
With Durant out with his injury, the Warriors have been using the likes of Matt Barnes (recently with the Sacramento Kings) and Patrick McCaw at the small forward spot. Obviously this doesn’t compensate for the productivity of Durant, who led the team with 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds, but the important thing to remember is that G-State has people like Steph Curry (the two-time reigning MVP, in case you haven’t heard) and Klay Thompson who can step up on offense. They are first and fourth in the NBA in three-pointers, so you know what they are capable of if they get hot.
In the basketball betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Warriors are the clear favorites:
Golden State Warriors -8.5
Boston Celtics +8.5
Over 222.5 points -110
Under 222.5 points -110
When you watch this game, you can expect a lot of ball movement. Golden State leads the league in assists, with 66.2% of their field goals coming by way of an assist. And of course, the Warriors have the guy who can really fill up a stat sheet in Draymond Green, who averages 10.3 points, 8.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 2.1 steals. They will need the likes of Green and Barnes to do the dirty work on the boards, because Golden State has operated with a minus-35 rebounding margin over the last four games. Perhaps it is a saving grace for them that the Celtics are not an imposing team themselves on the glass, ranking 25th and 28th in offensive and defensive rebounding, respectively. Maybe a key for Boston is the availability of Al Horford, who has missed the last game with a bad elbow but can provide this team with useful bulk with Jae Crowder and Amir Johnson up front.
BetAnySports customers should know that the Celtics have underperformed as a road dog, covering just twice in twelve attempts. But they have compiled some pretty good numbers on the road, chalking up a 20-12-1 ATS mark. They failed the last time they played against Golden State, dropping a 104-88 decision at home on November 18. They “bricked” it that night, shooting only 37% from the floor. But they came to Oakland last April 1 against a Warrior team that was undefeated at the Oracle Arena to that point, and came away with a victory. Under Brad Stevens, the former Butler coach, this is a team that is composed for the most part, can play swarming defense, and as mentioned, moves the ball around, although in the end there might be too much dependence upon Isaiah Thomas, the second-leading scorer in the NBA.
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