Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics
Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
Odds/Point Spread: Golden State (+3.5)
The Boston Celtics (30-26) host the Golden State Warriors (28-28) at TD Garden on Saturday. Golden State opens this contest as 3.5-point dogs. The O/U opens at 229.
The Golden State Warriors faced off with the Cleveland Cavaliers and notched a win by a score of 119-101 in their last contest. Golden State ended the game with a 51.1% field goal percentage (47 of 92) and buried 17 out of their 46 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the charity stripe, the Warriors converted 8 of 10 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. When discussing grabbing boards, they compiled 47 with 9 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 33 dimes in the game as well as forcing 13 turnovers and having 9 steals. When discussing defending, Golden State allowed the other team to go 43.2% from the floor on 35 of 81 shooting. Cleveland doled out 21 dimes and had 11 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Cleveland snagged 39 rebounds (8 offensive, 31 defensive) and had 5 blocked shots. Cleveland finished the game at 77.8% at the free throw line by knocking down 21 of 27 attempts. They converted 10 out of their 31 shots from three-point range.
Stephen Curry is a guy who was a major contributor in this matchup. He accounted for 33 points on 12 of 25 shooting. He played for 34:35 mins played and also pulled down 4 rebounds. Curry finished 48.0% from the field and distributed 5 assists. An additional guy that had an impact in this game for the Warriors was Andrew Wiggins. He collected 6 rebounds in 34:26 min played. He finished 56.3% from the floor for this game by shooting 9-of-16 (23 points). When the time ran out, Wiggins tallied 6 assists.
Golden State will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 28-28 this year. They are turning it over 14.9 times per contest and as a group are committing 21.6 fouls every game. As a team, Golden State is pulling in 42.6 rebounds per game and has totaled 1,543 assists on the season, which is 1st in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Warriors are shooting 37.1% on three-point attempts (784 of 2,112) and 78.0% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.0 points per game (14th in basketball) while hitting 46.5% from the floor. On the defensive end, the Warriors have forced 15.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.1 personal fouls. The Warriors defense is giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 45.7% (871 of 1,128) and they relinquish 47.7 boards per contest as a unit. They are 12th in basketball in giving up assists with 1,348 surrendered for the season. They are conceding 36.6% on shots from beyond the arc and they are ranked 20th in the league in points per game allowed (113.5).
When they last played, the Boston Celtics walked away with a victory by a final of 121-113 against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics were able to pull down 41 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 in this contest. They turned the ball over 21 times, while earning 4 steals in this matchup. The Lakers earned 16 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Celtics to the charity stripe for a total of 13 shots. They were able to make 11 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 84.6%. When talking about shots from downtown, Boston knocked down 14 of their 32 tries (43.8%). At the conclusion of this game, the Celtics finished shooting 48 out of 85 from the field which had them at 56.5%. The Celtics allowed the Lakers to knock down 44 out of their 98 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.9% in the game. They wrapped up this game 32.4% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 12 of 37 and finished the contest at 13 of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). Regarding rebounding, Boston allowed Los Angeles to get 36 in all (11 offensive).
Jaylen Brown was important for the Celtics for the contest. He knocked down 17 out of 20 in the game giving him a field goal percentage of 85.0%, and accumulated 9 rebounds. Brown totaled 40 points in his 32:06 minutes of playing time and accounted for 3 assists for the game. An additional guy that was important for Boston was Marcus Smart. He accumulated 4 assists in 31:55 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 5 of 8 from the floor. Smart finished going 62.5% from the field while also collecting 15 points and 6 boards.
Boston has a record of 30-26 so far this year. Boston has totaled 6,304 points for the campaign (112.6 per contest) and they pull down 44.2 rebounds per contest. The Celtics commit 20.5 fouls per contest and they shoot 77.1% from the charity stripe. On the offensive side of the ball, the Celtics are shooting 47.0% from the floor, which ranks them 12th in the league. They are dishing out assists 23.5 times per game (22nd in basketball) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. The Celtics defensively are ranked 10th in the league in points per game surrendered with 110.5. They allow 23.7 dimes and 42.2 rebounds per contest, which ranks them 7th and 6th in basketball. The Boston defense gives up 37.1% on shots from behind the 3-point line (721 of 1,946) and their opponents are connecting on 77.6% of their free throw shots. They are able to force 14.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the field (13th in the league).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Boston (-3.5) and over 229 points
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