The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips as Championship hopefuls Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics lock horns in the Bay.
13:00 (AEDT), Thu 17th Mar @ Chase Center, San Francisco
History: Played 368: Celtics 223 V Warriors 145
Last meeting: December 17, 2021: Warriors 111 d Celtics 107 at TD Garden
Final Thoughts: Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics are jostling for position in their respective conferences ahead of the NBA Playoffs.
With less than a month of the regular season left, the 47-22 Warriors are third in the West. They are only half a behind the Grizzlies. The 41-28 Celtics sit fifth in the close-fought East, just two games behind second but only two and a half games ahead of seventh.
The Warriors have regained some form after a concerning 2-9 run, winning their last four games. Klay Thompson dropped a season-high 38 points in an impressive 122-109 victory over the Bucks on the weekend while Steph Curry went off for 47 points (including 7 three-pointers) in a 126-112 defeat of the Wizards two days ago.
But arguably the most important takeaway of the Wizards clash was Draymond Green’s return. He racked up 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a 20-minute effort off the bench.
The Celtics have won 16 of their last 19 games. But their five-game winning streak – which featured some devastating performances from Jayson Tatum, including a 54-point night against the Nets – was halted by a 95-92 home loss to the Mavericks on Monday (AEDT). It broke a 15-game winning run in games where the Celtics were not on the second game of a back-to-back and a 14-game streak when they have had their full starting line-up.
Boston’s only player on the injured list is Aaron Nesmith. Andrew Wiggins and Nemanja Bjelica are questionable for Golden State, while Andre Iguodola and Gary Payton II remain out indefinitely.
After five straight losses to the Celtics, the Warriors won the teams’ December clash in Boston 111-107. Curry and Wiggins combined for 57 points, while Tatum (27 pts, 8 reb, 6 ast) was the standout in a losing effort.
The Warriors are 29-7 at home (20-14-2 ATS), despite splitting their last six at Chase Center. The Celtics are a modest 17-16 on the road (18-14-2) but have won seven of their last eight away.
The offensive firepower on show – Curry and Tatum especially – frames this up as a mouth-watering showdown. But the defensive battle will be equally intriguing. Boston are the NBA’s No.1-ranked team defensively, but Green’s return should see Golden State surge back towards top spot.
Same Game Multi: Result – Warriors; Total – Under 221.5; Steph Curry To Score 20+ Points; Jayson Tatum To Score 25+ Points @ $4.42