NBA Odds — Warriors Get to Start Over Against Struggling Celtics

The winning streak of the Golden State Warriors, their longest in 37 years, had to eventually come to an end. That it did, the other night in Brooklyn. Now, on Friday night, they get a chance to start all over again, and they have the right opponent in front of them to do so. The Boston Celtics have not been playing solid basketball at all, having lost nine of their last 10 games, and so they are most definitely limping as they step into the Oracle Arena in Oakland for this tip off at 10:35 PM ET.

Boston is 13-23 on the season, and it is their good fortune that the teams in the East are so bad, and that a winning streak might be able to put them right back into the picture. They have not really been money burners in the pro basketball odds, compiling a 17-19 record against the points. The Warriors are currently 24-14, which, in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, actually puts them in the lower half of the play off queue, behind San Antonio, Portland, Oklahoma City and the Los Angeles Clippers. If home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs is a critical thing, then every game will carry a certain level of importance for the Warriors as they seek that edge.

In the NBA odds that have been established by the people at BetAnySports, the Warriors are the big favorites in this game:

NBA Betting odds @ BetAnySports USA Sportsbook

Golden State Warriors -11.5
Boston Celtics +11.5

Over 203.5 points -110
Under 203.5 points -110

When it really comes down to it, this dry spell on the part of the Celtics can be attributed to poor shooting. Three times in the last six games they have been held below 40% from the field, and opponents like the New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets have all shot 49% or better against them. NBA bettors know that this has not been a pleasant experience for first-year head coach Brad Stevens, who had such great success in the college ranks, taking Butler to back to back NCAA championship games. He’s a young guy, and Danny Ainge, the head of basketball operations for the Celtics, was taking something of a risk with him. Now that decision is coming under fire, although to be fair, Stevens came into a situation where Boston had let some of its veteran talent go, including Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, and has had to endure an injury to Rajon Rondo, the All-Star point guard.

Maybe Stevens will get some help soon. As BetAnySports customers are aware, Rondo is on his way back, and has recently said that he fully intends to be back in the lineup before the All-Star break. He may go for a rehabilitation stint in the NBA Developmental League, but the torn ACL he suffered should be fully functional soon.

As for the Warriors, they appear to be fully functional NOW. It is a sign of a genuine contender that they can win games on the road, and Golden State won seven straight as the visitor before falling at the Barclays Center. Mark Jackson has brought quite a bit of cohesion to this team, which is well-balanced, with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in the backcourt, David Lee and Andrew Bogut up front, on Andre Iguodala on the wing. They shoot 40% form the three-point arc in Oakland, and so extending a lead, and in turn covering double-digit imposts in the pro basketball odds, may be less problematic for them if the Celts go cold again.

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