When and where: November 15, 2019, Chase Center, San Francisco, CA, 10:30 PM ET
The Boston Celtics take their first trip to the Chase Center in San Francisco on Friday for a head-to-head showdown with the Golden State Warriors. Not even the return of D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green has been able to put an end to the five-game losing streak for the injury-riddled Warriors. They were recently blown out on the road by the Los Angeles Lakers. The Celtics, on the other hand, haven’t lost since the season-opener. They dropped 140 points in a win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.
Walker clearly the best fit for the CelticsKyrie Irving might be the better overall player, but there is no question the Celtics made the right move in putting their faith in three-time NBA All-Star Kemba Walker to serve as the new floor general. His fit has been seamless to the point where the Celtics have won their last nine consecutive games.
They’ll try to make it 10 straight wins in Friday’s meeting with the Warriors. At first glance, this game would seem like a wash considering the Warriors have had about as much luck as a character in a “Final Destination” movie. However, even without the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, on the floor, the Warriors are at least good enough on offense with Russell to pose a threat to opponents.
The Celtics have to show up and remain efficient with their shot selection and unselfish with their ball movement. Walker is averaging 25.0 points per game on top of the sensational contributions the team continues to get from Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum. The Warriors are the worst team in the league in defensive efficiency, setting the stage for a stellar offensive showing from the Celtics.
On the other end of the floor, it’s basically Russell-or-bust for the Warriors. They lack the star-power to really spread the floor and put stress on the Celtics’ defense.
Warriors are no longer the WarriorsGreen is the only familiar face on a Warriors team that no longer looks like the Warriors.
They’ll look a little more familiar when Curry returns from his hand injury. But it won’t be until 2020, when Thompson returns from his knee injury, to finally make the Warriors look like the Warriors again.
It might also be safe to admit that times are changing for one of the most exciting NBA franchises in recent memory. That doesn’t have to be a negative, particularly if they’re able to beat the Celtics on Friday.
The defensive struggles could be an even bigger issue in this game with so much offensive firepower for the Celtics. These are some of the same issues that plagued the Warriors in the NBA Finals. They’re terrible on the boards and they don’t have enough great defensive bodies.
They don’t have enough great offensive bodies, either.
Russell can stuff a stat sheet as well as anyone, but there is no other elite scorer on the floor to scare opposing teams. Eric Paschall has looked solid so far in his rookie season, but he also can’t be counted on to suddenly turn into a superstar overnight and help the offense take flight.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Covers.com, are:
- Celtics are 6-0-2 ATS in their last 8 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Celtics are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Celtics are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 head-to-head meetings in Golden State.
- Road team is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 head-to-head meetings.
- Warriors are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning % above .600.
- Warriors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- Warriors are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning straight up record.
- Warriors are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against teams in the Eastern Conference.