Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 19 (Boston Finally Gets Redemption vs. Golden State)
Celtics vs. Warriors Game Info
- Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Venue: TD Garden -- Boston, Massachusetts
- Coverage: TNT
The Boston Celtics will host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in a dramatic rematch of last year's NBA Finals.
The Celtics have picked up where they left off, entering play on Thursday with the best record in the NBA (33-12). Meanwhile, the aging Warriors have fallen back to earth after last year's surprising title, muddling along at 22-22.
Will Boston get its long-awaited revenge on Golden State? Or will the Dubs maintain their recent dominance over the C's?
Celtics vs. Warriors Odds & Spread
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As expected, the Celtics enter this game as considerable home favorites on the spread and moneyline at FanDuel Sportsbook. This game also features a lofty total of 240.5 points, which is the highest on Thursday's five-game slate.
Celtics vs. Warriors Betting Trends
- The Celtics are 23-19-2 against the spread this season.
- So far this season, the Warriors have been installed as underdogs by a 6-point margin or more six times and are 3-3 ATS in those games.
- Games involving the Celtics have hit the over 21 times out of 43 chances this season.
- Warriors games this season have gone over the point total 58.1% of the time (25 out of 43 games with a set point total).
- Boston has done a better job covering the spread at home (12-9-0) than it has in road affairs (11-10-2).
- Golden State has been better against the spread at home (14-7-1) than on the road (6-15-0) this year.
Celtics vs. Warriors Prediction & Pick
The Celtics have proved that last year's strong second half and run to the Finals was not a fluke. They've been the best team in the NBA for a full calendar year now and have only gotten better since these teams battled for the championship last spring.
Meanwhile, the Warriors are showing their age and last year's deep playoff run seems to have taken a toll on them. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have both already missed double-digit games with injuries, although both are expected to be available tonight for Golden State.
In their defense, the Warriors beat the Celtics handily back on Dec. 10, 123-107. That game was played in Golden State, however, and Boston was in a rare slump at the time. The Celtics have much more momentum this time around after winning seven straight games and 11 of their last 13.
This should be a close, high-scoring game between two of the best offenses in the NFL. With home-court advantage and a superior defense, however, Boston should be able to pull this one out.
Final Score Prediction: Celtics: 121 | Warriors: 117
Celtics vs. Warriors Best Bet
While both offenses are loaded with stars and rank top-5 in scoring this year, the projected total of 240.5 points is just too high. It seems to ignore the recent history between these teams, who haven't scored more than 230 points in their last seven games against each other dating back to last year's Finals.
Boston's defense has been playing better lately, allowing fewer than 100 points in three of its last seven games and improving to eighth in defensive rating. With Golden State just 15th in offensive rating, this game won't be as high-scoring as the sportsbooks project and the under should hit comfortably.
Bet: Under 240.5 Points (-110)
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