Warriors Face Tough Betting on NBA Games Matchup at Boston

January 24th, 2019 NBA Basketball, Sportsbook

At the beginning of the season Golden State and Boston were among the top betting on NBA Games choices to make the Finals.  First the Warriors make an obvious choice as champions in three of the last four years.  Add in their star-studded lineup and you have a team gamblers flock towards.  Boston made the Eastern Conference Finals last year as a team missing their top player.  Despite Kyrie Irving’s absence the Celtics went all-in with coach Brad Steven’s team first approach.  This year the Celtics are not quite up to last year’s level despite Irving’s return.

Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics

Date and Time:  Saturday, January 26, 2019, 8:30 p.m. ET

Location:  TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston Celtics

Boston has struggled to maintain betting on NBA Games value recently.  As an example, the Celtics have covered just two of their last six games.  Three of their last five games have gone under the total.  Defense remains the bedrock of Stevens success.  To be exact Boston ranks fifth in the NBA for points allowed while ranking 14th for scoring.  Now the Celtics are 28-18 straight up, 24-22 vs. the odds, and 28-18 over the total.  That is good for third place in the Atlantic Division behind Toronto and Philadelphia. Irving leads with 23.4 points and 6.8 assists per game.

Golden State Warriors

Golden State has been in their best sportsbook form of the season thus far.  To illustrate the Warriors have lost just one of their last six games on the board.  And seven of their last nine games went over the total.  In this situation Golden State is 32-14 straight up, 20-25-1 against the spread, and 25-21 over the total.  Encompassing their record are metrics of best in the NBA for scoring offense but 19th for points against.  Golden State is running away with the Pacific Division lead.  Stephen Curry leads with 29.8 points per game while Kevin Durant averages 28.1.

Stats to Consider

Late on Boston has been money at TD Garden.  Gamblers have been paid in seven of the Celtics last nine home games.  And eight of their last 11 on the parquet court went over the total.  However, the Warriors are at their best value as an away team.  Golden State has paid in eight of their last 12 road tilts.  Five of their last six in that situation went over the total.

Team vs. Team

It follows that Boston has a stranglehold on the cashier’s cage in this series.  To illuminate the Celtics have lost just one of their last eight games on the board to Golden State.  Six of the last seven between these teams went under the total.  Additionally, the Warriors have paid in just two of their last five visits to TD Garden.  Five of the last six in this matchup at Boston went under the total.

Matchup to Watch

As was previously noted Boston has the matchup advantage both head to head and on home court.  For that reason, they rate the better value for betting on NBA Games.  More emphatically this is the fourth straight road game for Golden State.

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Warriors vs. Celtics NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics

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