Golden State at Boston
7:30 P.M. ET
Boston: 100.5 points/100 possessions (21st)
Golden State: 104.3 points/100 possessions (9th)
Boston: 99.8 points allowed/100 possessions (7th)
Golden State: 103.7 points allowed/100 possessions (17th)
Probable Warriors Starters:
Stephen Curry (PG), Klay Thompson (SG), Harrison Barnes (SF), David Lee (PF), and Andris Biedrins (C)
View From The Opposing Bench: Warriors World
Thumbnail: Just two days after Stephen Curry dropped a career-high 54 points on the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, he will be taking his talents to Boston. While the biggest story in the world of sports on Wednesday was Curry’s huge performance, the Warriors’ recent struggles have been swept under the rug. With that 109-105 loss to New York, Golden State finished February with a 4-8 record, by far their worst month this season. In addition, the Warriors gave up 109.4 points per game in those 12 games after giving up about 10 fewer points per game from October to January.
Although Golden State has played poorly recently, the team still has experienced a lot of success against the Eastern Conference. They sport a 15-7 record against those opponents in 2012-13 in comparison to the Warriors being 18-18 against the Western Conference. However, the Celtics will hope that their home cooking will be able to counteract the Warriors’ strong interconference performances, including handing the Celtics on their worst losses of the season. Boston hopes to seek revenge against Golden State at TD Garden, where the Celtics have won their last seven games.
The Celtics’ have also played well at home against the Warriors in the Kevin Garnett era. Rebounding could be key in this matchup as Boston hopes to make it a perfect 5-0 against Golden State since 2007-08. Less than one year ago, Mark Jackson’s Warriors set a futile offensive rebounding record for the last decade. They let their opponent secure more offensive rebounds in 17 consecutive games, the longest NBA streak since 2004-05. Doc Rivers’ squad could make it 17 games against these very Warriors on Friday.
Prediction: The Celtics win their eighth consecutive home game, tying their longest regular season home winning streak over the last four seasons.
Celtics 103, Warriors 99