Date & Time: Saturday, January 27 @8:30 PM
Venue: Oracle Arena (Oakland)
Head to head record
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors 92-88 (2017/2018 NBA)
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors 93-69 (2017 Summer League)
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics 86-99 (2016/2017 NBA)
Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors 88-104 (2016/2017 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics 106-109 (2015/2016 NBA)
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics prediction
Golden State Warriors will be aiming to build on back-to-back wins over New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves when they face Boston Celtics at their Oracle Arena on Saturday evening.
A new winning run
Golden State Warriors quickly bounced back from a 116-108 loss to Houston Rockets, with the team recording back-to-back victories over the likes of New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves in previous two games in NBA. Stephen Curry, who will take part in upcoming NBA All-Star game, has been in a fine form of late and he is likely to pose a big threat for Celtics in Saturday’s derby. Kevin Durant scored 28 points in the 123-116 triumph over Minnesota Timberwolves and he will be yet another match in the home team. The title holders aim to cement top position in the Western Conference, but the game against Boston will be anything but a walk in the park for Steve Kerr’s troops. Golden State Warriors have already suffered six defeats at home in the 2017/2018 NBA season, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win Saturday’s clash.
Kevin Durant should recover in time to face Boston Celtics, whilst the likes of Patrick McCaw (back) and Jordan Bell (ankle) are both rated doubtful and the duo will
be assessed on the match day.
Important win over Clippers
Thanks to a 113-102 victory over Los Angeles Clippers Boston Celtics put an end to their four-game losing run and that certainly gave them a confidence boost. Former Cleveland Cavaliers ace Kyrie Irving has been averaging 24.5 points this season and all eyes will be on him when Celtics face Warriors at Oracle Arena. Brad Stevens’ men are sitting in top position in the Eastern Conference ahead of the trip to Oakland, but his men do not seem to be on top of their game at the moment. Boston Celtics, though, have been producing much better performances on the road than at home of late and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Saturday’s showdown. Anyhow, Brad Stevens’ troops will have to be at their sharpest in the Oracle Arena if they are to shock the reigning champions, but that is easier said than done.
Gordon Hayward remains in the recovery room alongside Marcus Smart, who is targeting All-Star break. The likes of Al Horford and Guerschon Yabusele are both doubtful for the Golden State Warriors clash.
- Golden State are eyeing their 19th home win of the season
- Warriors made 21 three-point shots in the win over Minnesota
- Boston recorded four wins in last five away games
- Stephen Curry has 27.5 points per game this season
- Celtics defeated Warriors in their last meeting at Oracle Arena
Golden State Warriors vs Boston Celtics betting pick
Golden State Warriors are eager to get their revenge on Boston Celtics for the 92-88 loss at TD Garden and seeing that Steve Kerr is likely to count on Kevin Durant for Saturday’s game, I am tempted to put my money on the hosts. The NBA champions have always been producing their best displays in derby matches and that is yet another reason why home win should be considered.
Pick: Golden State – 8.5