WHO: Celtics (30-26) vs. Warriors (28-28)
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: TD Garden
RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
G: Kemba Walker
G: Marcus Smart
SF: Jayson Tatum
PF: Jaylen Brown
C: Tristan Thompson
G: Steph Curry
G: Andrew Wiggins
SF: Kent Bazemore
PF: Draymond Green
C: Kevon Looney
The Boston Celtics (30-26, 27-29 ATS) return home to host the Golden State Warriors (28-28, 27-29 ATS) after sweeping their west coast trip and matching a season-best five straight wins to move into a tie for the east’s four seed.
The Warriors found out rookie James Wiseman (knee) will miss the season this week. Kelly Oubre (wrist) is questionable for tonight after missing Thursday’s win over the Cavaliers and Eric Paschall (hip) is out. Golden State has won four straight, despite mounting losses.
Boston will be without Robert Williams III (knee) and Evan Fournier (COVID protocol) again. Jaylen Brown (non-COVID illness) is questionable.
According to the online sports book Betonline.ag, the Celtics are 3.5 point favorites.
- Celtics vs. Warriors spread: Celtics -3.5
- Celtics vs. Warriors over-under: 227.5 points
- Celtics vs. Warriors money line: Celtics -170, Warriors +150
The Celtics have posted astounding efficiency at both ends of the floor back to the NBA Trade Deadline, winning 9-of-12. Jaylen Brown made NBA history by becoming the 17th player to shoot 85% from the field on 20+ attempts on Thursday. The offense has posted a 116.6 rating (8th) to pair with a 107.4 defensive rating (6th) in April, with the largest victory margin in the eastern conference.
Jayson Tatum remains difficult to slow, shooting 50.3% from the field, 41.2% from three and 91.3% from the free throw line on 5.8 attempts per game this month. The win over LA saw him slow to shoot 6-of-14 with no free throw attempts as the offense deferred to Brown and Tatum dished five assists. Boston’s offensive rebounding is bothering opponents (28.7%, 3rd in April) and a 65.9 assist percentage ranks fifth in the NBA this month.
Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart found their role in the picture through passing and defense. Walker is averaging over seven assists per game in a month for the first time since April, 2014; Smart is posting a 23.9 AST% as Walker’s complement.
Stop Steph Curry. That’s all the Celtics have to worry about tonight and it’s nearly impossible to execute this season. Curry is willing Golden State to wins with a league-high 39.0 PPG this month with 6.5 RPG and 4.5 APG. He’s shooting 55.6% from the field and 47.7% from three.
Walker held Curry to 1-of-5 shooting last game and will have Smart to assist in the matchup tonight. Andrew Wiggins and Jordan Poole are the only other double-figure scorers this month available with Curry if Kelly Oubre is out. With Boston’s bench posting dominating differentials with Tatum staggering into hardened defensive lineups and Grant Williams (96 defensive rating this month) able to play some five against a smaller Warriors team, Golden State is in a bad position to win tonight even given Curry’s heroics and Brown’s questionable availability.
Boston beat Golden State 111-107 in February with Tatum scoring 27, Walker 19 and Williams 15.
Boston 118, Golden State 113 (29–19, 20-24 ATS)