The Golden State Warriors will host the Boston Celtics on Saturday night at the Chase Center with tipoff set for 8:30 PM ET. In a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals, both teams will be well-rested in their head-to-head clash on Saturday night. The Celtics steamrolled the Phoenix Suns 125-98 on Wednesday night in their third consecutive road game. Boston has had the last two days off. Jayson Tatum (30.5 ppg) and Jaylen Brown (26.7 ppg) have become one of the most potent forward tandems in the league. Golden State also hasn’t played since Wednesday, when it saw a late lead get away in a 124-123 road loss to the Utah Jazz. Steph Curry leads the Warriors averaging 30 points per game.
Warriors vs. Celtics Betting Odds
*Lines accurate at the time of publication
Warriors vs. Celtics Best Bets
Celtics -2.5 (-110 DraftKings)
In one of the most anticipated games of the season, these teams will meet for the first time. The Celtics will have plenty of motivation after falling short of winning the title last year. But so far, Boston has been the best team in the league. The combination of Tatum and Brown along with an excellent supporting cast has the Celtics rolling. They have won eight of their last 10 games. The Warriors have struggled all season. They have lost two of their last three and will be without star power forward Andrew Wiggins who usually matches up against Tatum.
Boston is 24-9-1 ATS in their last 34 road games and are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games overall. I feel confident siding with the better team who will be playing with plenty of passion to avenge last season’s loss.
Risk: 1.1 units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to -3)
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Warriors vs. Celtics Game Total Under 237 Points (-110 DraftKings)
The Celtics are one of the best defensive teams in the league and in their most three recent games are only allowing an average of 100 points per game. In last year’s Finals series, the total went under in four of the six games. In the last 26 head-to-head games between these teams, the under has gone 20-6. 237 points is just too high of a total for these two teams that pride themselves on their defense.
Risk: 1.1 Units on DraftKings to win 1 unit. (Playable to 236)