Boston Celtics (13-23, 5-13 away) at Golden State Warriors (24-14, 11-4 home)
Oracle Arena at 10:30 p.m. on CSNNE
Officials: Bill Spooner, Bernie Adams, Leroy Richardson
Line: Golden State -11
The Golden State Warriors are absolutely on fire, the Boston Celtics are absolutely not. The Warriors have won 10 of their last 11, while the C's have lost nine of their last 10 games. Golden State had a 10-game winning streak going before losing to the Brooklyn Nets by four points on Wednesday, but look to bounce back at home against the struggling Celtics. The Warriors are a very well rounded team, so Boston will need its best stuff tonight.
PG - Jordan Crawford
SG - Avery Bradley
SF - Jeff Green
PF - Kris Humphries
C - Brandon Bass
PG - Steph Curry
SG - Klay Thompson
SF - Andre Iguodala
PF - David Lee
C - Andrew Bogut
Rajon Rondo - OUT (Knee)
Jermaine O'Neal - OUT (Wrist)
Festus Ezeli - OUT (Knee)
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Doing it All - The Warriors are a well-rounded bunch. They can score, rebound, defend and pass, as they rank in the top 10 in each of those four categories so far this season.
• Limiting Transition - Just like the Clippers, the Warriors can run. What the Celtics will need to do to stay in the game tonight is limit the Warriors fast break opportunities, as Boston was outscored 24-5 in that department Wednesday against the LAC.
• Jordan Crawford is Key - When the Celtics were blown out on Tuesday night in Denver, Crawford only had 10 points and five assists and the Celtics were -16 when he was on the floor. In Wednesday night's closely contested finish, Crawford had 24 points and eight assists, and the Celtics broke even while he was on the court. As he goes, Boston goes.
• Golden State would have become the first team in NBA history to finish a road trip of seven or more games unbeaten had they won Wednesday. The Warriors raced out to a 32-16 first-quarter lead, then were outscored 37-20 in the second and ultimately ended up losing 102-98.
• Sharpshooter Steph Curry has struggled from beyond the arc of late, going 6 for 33 from three-point range over his last four games.
• The last time Jeff Green scored at least 20 points was Dec. 11 against the Clippers. He had 29 points that night, but has gone 12 games since that moment without reaching 20.
I think that the Celtics will come out playing hard and stay in the game, much like Wednesday night's loss in Los Angeles. However, the Warriors are just too tough at home, and down the stretch will pull away to escape with a win.
Golden Warriors 105, Boston Celtics 94.