|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NBAAn important game will be played in the NBA tonight, as the Boston Celtics travel to Oakland to face the Golden State Warriors. The Celtics are attempting to position themselves as the top team in the Eastern Conference, while the Warriors have won a couple of impressive games and will look to extend that streak on Tuesday.
Currently, the Celtics are favored by -4.5 points, with the over at 196. High scores are expected tonight, as the Golden State Warriors rely on their strong offense to make up for a near-complete lack of defensive abilities. They average close to 103 points per game, but end up giving up over 105 points per game. On the other hand, the Celtics are much stronger on defense, limiting opposing teams to just over 91 points per game.
Despite having four players and their head coach in the All-Star Game this past weekend, Boston should be pretty well rested. Doc Rivers was the head coach for the Eastern Conference Stars and limited the playing time of his Celtics this weekend. This was probably a wise strategy, as Boston faces a four-game road trip to the West right after coming back from the break.
The Celtics are attempting to keep the Miami Heat at bay, who are close in the rankings. This road trip will be an opportunity for Boston to prove what is is made of and if the team can hold onto the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, the Celtics have lost their last six games against the Warriors when playing on the road.
The Warriors are also playing for keeps in tonight's game. They trail the Utah Jazz by 4.5 games and are battling for that coveted eighth spot in the playoffs. Phoenix and Memphis are also in the running for the playoff spot, so the Warriors will have to win every game they can in order to make it to the playoffs in 2011.
As usual, the Warriors will be looking for their star guard Monta Ellis to have a strong game against Boston. Golden State is 16-5 when Ellis scores 27 or more points, so his performance will be worth watching on Tuesday. The teams is also on a roll, having won seven of their last nine games before heading into the All-Star break, including a win over the Jazz.