Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics Pick ATS 12/17/21

by | Dec 17, 2021 | nba

Golden State Warriors (23-5 SU, 18-9-1 ATS) vs. Boston Celtics (14-14 SU, 14-13-1 ATS)

When: Friday December 17 2021, 07:30 PM (ET)

Where: TD Garden: Boston, Massachusetts


Point Spread: GSW -3.0/BOS 3.0 (Opened at GSW -3.5 at Intertops. Use bonus code ROOKIE200 and they’ll give you a 200% bonus on your $25 deposit!)

Total: 214.0 (Opened at 214.5)

Money Line: Golden State -154/Boston 125)

Power Rating: GSW -7

Probable Starting Lineups

Warriors: PG Stephen Curry, SG Jordan Poole, SF Andrew Wiggins, PF Draymond Green, C Kevon Looney

Celtics: PG Marcus Smart, SG Jaylen Brown, SF Jayson Tatum, PF Al Horford, C Robert Williams III

Key Injuries

Klay Thompson: knee (QUESTIONABLE) James Wiseman: knee (OUT)

Bruno Fernando: back (QUESTIONABLE)

Recent Form

The Golden State Warriors enter today’s game, having won 2 straight games. In their past 10 contests the Warriors’s have played above .500 basketball, going 7-3. As the road team, Golden State travels to Boston with an positive plus-minus of rating 5.7 points. Overall, the Warriors are ranked 1st among NBA teams in point differential (0.9). Among NBA teams, they have played the 6th easiest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Golden State Warriors to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they are covering 66.70% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is 5.4.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is PG Stephen Curry. So far, Curry is averaging 26.85 points per game. This output places him 2nd among point guards. So far, Curry is knocking down 5.37 shots from downtown per game. Draymond Green has been in charge of cleaning up the glass, hauling in 8.04 boards per contest.

The Boston Celtics enter today’s game, winning 4 of their past 10 games. When playing at TD Garden, the Celtics are an above .500 team, having gone 7-4. As they get set to host the Warriors, Boston has a positive home plus-minus of 1.1 points. Overall, the Celtics are ranked 13th among NBA teams in point differential (0.9). On the year they have played the 4th toughest schedule.

For bettors, taking the Golden State Warriors to cover the spread has been a winning bet as they are covering in 51.90% of their games. Their season-long plus-minus against the spread is -0.1.

On offense, the team’s leading scorer is SF Jayson Tatum. So far, Tatum is averaging 26.18 points per game. As a display of his versatility, Tatum also leads the team in three-pointers made and rebounds at 2.86 and 8.61, respectively.

An Eye On Pace

This matchup between the Warriors and Celtics features two teams looking to play at different speeds. Through 28 games, Golden State is ranked 9th in possessions per game. So far, they have used this increased number of opportunities to take shots from deep. On the year, they are averaging 40 three-point attempts per game, 3rd most in the NBA. In comparison, the Boston Celtics attempt 36 three-point shots per contest. However, they connect at a rate of just 33%.

Matchups And Efficiencies

The Boston Celtics’ mediocre record of 14-14 is also reflected in where they stand across multiple statistics. After 28 games, the team ranks 13th in points per game at 108.3 while allowing an average of 107.2. With a game against Golden State, they must put together a strong performance on both ends of the courts. On the year, Golden State has not only been one of the most efficient scoring teams, but they are also the NBA’s top defensive unit, giving up just 100.2 points per contest.

The Historicals

Tonight’s matchup will be the first meeting of the season between the two teams. Last year, Boston took both games, winning by an average of 4 points.


How the Public is Betting the 76ers vs. Nets

62% are betting the Warriors against the spread.

54% are wagering on the game to go Over the posted total of 214.5

Betting Trends Worth Noting

  • Warriors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest.
  • Warriors are 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall.
  • Celtics are 22-9 ATS in their last 31 games as a home underdog.
  • Celtics are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.

Joe’s Pick To Cover The Spread

The Boston Celtics are hoping that the return of Jaylen Brown means they will find themselves moving up the standings in the Eastern Conference. In their most recent game vs Milwaukee, the team took down the Milwaukee Bucks in convincing fashion. In tonight’s game, I see Boston hanging around early but expect Golden State to pull away late. Look for the Warriors to win this one and cover the spread.

Prop Bets Worth Wagering

Coming into this game, Jayson Tatum has been one of the league’s hottest players. Although it’s easy to assume that Jaylen Brown’s return will take away opportunities from Tatum. I see having another playmaker on the court actually opening things up for the Celtics’ top-scorer. Look for Tatum to put together another big game. Bet your NBA picks for FREE this week by taking advantage of a 100% real cash bonus on your first deposit of $100 to $300 at MyBookie Sportsbook! (Must use bonus code PREDICT100).