Boston Celtics vs Golden State Warriors: Match Preview and Predictions – 15th November 2019
Date & Time: Friday, 15th November 2019 (10:30 PM ET)
Venue: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA
Last Game Results
Boston Celtics (9-1): 140-133 win over the Washington Wizards
Boston Celtics Preview
The Boston Celtics have made an excellent start to the season. There were concerns that their winning streak could end soon following Gordon Hayward’s injury last week, but Brad Stevens’ men have won nine straight games and are looking like a deadly force.
During Wednesday’s win over the Washington Wizards, the Celtics conceded a season-high 133 points. However, the likes of Jaylen Brown, Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum stepped up to keep Boston’s winning streak going.
Boston’s trip to Golden State begins a sequence of five consecutive road games, and their winning run will come under threat during a testing seven days.
Key Player – Kemba Walker
Walker is less than a month into his Boston career, but the veteran is already enjoying the longest winning streak of his career. The 29-year-old has played a big role in Boston’s rise to the top of the East, and he enters the game against the Warriors averaging 25 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game.
Celtics Predicted Lineup
Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Enes Kanter, Marcus Smart, Kemba Walker
Golden State Warriors Preview
Entering the season, Steve Kerr would have hoped that the Golden State Warriors could hang around the playoff spots before making a late-season push following the return of Klay Thompson. However, they started the season with some huge defeats, and Steph Curry’s hand injury has eliminated any chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
While the Warriors have been bolstered by the returns of Draymond Green and Willie Cauley-Stein, Wednesday’s defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers was their 10th of the season. Kerr’s team is currently allowing 121.1 points per contest while scoring just 110.3, and things could get even worse in the coming weeks for the 2019 NBA Finalists.
Key Player – D’Angelo Russell
Despite the absence of Thompson and Curry, Green has been unable to increase his offensive input, leaving D’Angelo Russell to lead the Warriors. So far this season Russell is averaging 25.7 points and 6.7 assists per contest, and he is once again likely to stand out as Golden State’s best performer.
Warriors Predicted Lineup:
Draymond Green, Glenn Robinson III, Willie Cauley-Stein, Jordan Poole, D’Angelo Russell
Celtics Vs Warriors Match Prediction
The Warriors have won just one game since they moved to Chase Center, and they are unlikely to pick a second win tonight. The Celtics are the better team from the top down, and there is no reason why they shouldn’t make it 10 consecutive wins.
The Boston Celtics are an American professional basketball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Atlantic Division. Founded in 1946 as one of the league’s original eight teams, the team play their home games at TD Garden, which they share with the National Hockey League (NHL)’s Boston Bruins. The Celtics are one of the most successful teams in NBA history; the franchise has won the most championships in the NBA with 17, accounting for 23.9 percent of all NBA championships since the league’s founding.
The Celtics have a notable rivalry with the Los Angeles Lakers, who have won 16 NBA championships, second behind the Celtics. The rivalry was heavily highlighted throughout the 1960s and 1980s. The franchise has played the Lakers a record 12 times in the NBA Finals (including their most recent appearances in 2008 and 2010), of which the Celtics have won nine. Four Celtics players (Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, Dave Cowens and Larry Bird) have won the NBA Most Valuable Player Award for an NBA record total of 10 MVP awards. Both the nickname “Celtics” and their mascot “Lucky the Leprechaun” are a nod to Boston’s historically large Irish population.
The Celtics’ rise to dominance began in the late 1950s, after acquiring center Bill Russell in a draft day trade in 1956, who would become the cornerstone of the Celtics dynasty. Led by Russell and superstar point guard Bob Cousy, the Celtics won their first NBA championship in 1957. Russell, along with a talented supporting cast of future Hall of Famers including John Havlicek, Tom Heinsohn, K. C. Jones, Sam Jones, Satch Sanders, and Bill Sharman, would usher the Celtics into the greatest period in franchise history, winning eight consecutive NBA championships throughout the 1960s. After the retirement of Russell in 1969, the Celtics entered a period of rebuilding. Led by center Dave Cowens and point guard JoJo White, the Celtics returned to championship caliber, winning two NBA titles in 1974 and 1976. The Celtics again returned to dominance in the 1980s. Led by the “Big Three” that featured Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parish, the Celtics won the 1981, 1984, and 1986 championships. After winning 16 championships throughout the 20th century, the Celtics, after struggling through the 1990s, rose again to win a championship in 2008 with the help of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen in what was known as the new “Big Three” era.
Following the win in 2008, general manager Danny Ainge commenced a rebuilding process with the help of head coach Brad Stevens, who led the Celtics to a return to the playoffs from 2015. During the following season, the Celtics clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference, but were eliminated in the Conference Finals. This prompted an aggressive rebuild in 2017, where the team acquired All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. However, the pair struggled with injuries throughout the 2017–18 season, and the team was again defeated in the Eastern Conference Finals.