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#525 Boston Celtics -7 vs.
#526 Golden State Warriors 225.5
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:35pm EST
Oracle Arena, Oakland
Written by Sporty Jordy

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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 Celtics

Kyrie 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 Warriors

Green 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.

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I’m expecting another game of playground ball from the Warriors focused on Russell’s ability to pile up points. The story is already out on the Warriors this season. They are playing these games as an effort to evaluate and plan for the future. So their only hopes of winning big games will be on those rare nights when they get hot from the floor and play over their heads.

That night won’t be on Friday.

The Celtics are one of the best two-way teams in the league, and they boast the defense to shut down the little offense the Warriors have left. There will be too many offensive weapons on the floor for the Celtics. This Warriors team hasn’t been able to defend anyone this season, and they’ll be facing an offense averaging 116.1 points per game.

The Walker phenomenon is flying high right now, and it’s going to blow right through the Chase Center with relative ease in this game. No Splash Brothers and no defense means no victory for the Warriors. I’m taking the Celtics to move on to 10-1 on Friday night.

Prediction: Boston Celtics (-8)

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Russell’s stat-stuffing has created a legitimate question as to whether the Warriors will keep him around long-term as a potential third Splash Brother. He could be on the verge of his second All-Star season if he’s still in a Warriors uniform in 2020. The Celtics are a tremendous defensive team, but they did just give up 133 points to the Wizards.

Russell and the Warriors are a top-15 scoring team, and they should be able to get buckets and at least look respectable at times on Friday. While Green doesn’t add much scoring to the mix, his ability to serve as a primary ball distributor is a huge lift to the offense. I’m taking the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over (226.5)
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Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on CNN.com, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and BJPenn.com. There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.