Golden State Warriors vs. Boston Celtics - 1/10/14
Boston Celtics (13-23) at Golden State Warriors (24-14)
NBA Basketball: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm (Oracle Arena)
The Line: Golden State Warriors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 203 See the Latest Odds
The struggling Boston Celtics look for a rare win tonight when they duke it out with the Golden State Warriors.
The Celtics have lost nine of their last 10 and their last six straight but were quite competitive in their 111-105 loss to the Clippers on Wednesday because of 24 points apiece from Avery Bradley and Jordan Crawford. Boston trailed by 16 points in the first and fourth quarters but kept rallying to stay in the game, but in the end the Clippers just had more weapons and more ways to score the basketball. With the loss, Boston drop to 13-23 on the season and 5-13 on the road where they've lost six straight.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors had their 10-game win streak snapped on Wednesday when they fell to the Nets by 102-98 despite 34 points from Stephen Curry. David Lee continued his hot streak and added 20 points but Klay Thompson had just 14 points as the Warriors failed to capitalize on a hot start to the game, going ice-cold in the last four minutes of the game when the Nets closed out the game with a methodical 9-0 run. The loss prevents the Warriors from registering the first ever 7-0 road trip in NBA history and drops them to 24-14 on the season.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 2-6 ATS in their last eight games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last six road games, while the Warriors are 17-7-2 ATS in their last 26 games following a loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the Celtics are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Golden State.
Initially, I was looking to take the Celtics with the points because of the fight they showed against the Clippers on Wednesday, but the Warriors have such a strong home record against the weaker teams in the league and an even better ATS record against the Celtics, so I'm definitely sticking with the home team now.