Celtics vs. Warriors NBA expert prediction and odds for Tuesday, Dec. 19

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Boston Celtics' matchup against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum.
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum. / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics will face off on Tuesday night for the first time this season in what is a rematch of the 2022 NBA Finals. 

Boston looks much different now, with Jrue Holiday and Kristaps Porzingis in the fold, and the team is off to a great start so far this season. 

While the Celtics have done most of its damage at home (13-0) in the 2023-24 campaign, they are favored on the road against Stephen Curry and company. The Warriors are coming off a close win over the Trail Blazers, and the team is still down defensive stalwarts Draymond Green (suspension) and Gary Payton II (calf strain) on Tuesday. 

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Celtics vs. Warriors odds, spread and total

Celtics vs. Warriors how to watch

  • Date: Tuesday, Dec. 19
  • Game Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Chase Center
  • How to Watch (TV): TNT
  • Celtics Record: 20-5
  • Warriors Record: 12-14

Celtics vs. Warriors injury reports

Celtics injury report

  • Drew Peterson – out
  • Luke Kornet – out
  • JD Davison – out
  • Kristaps Porzingis – questionable
  • Jordan Walsh – out

Warriors injury report

  • Draymond Green – out
  • Chris Paul – questionable
  • Gary Payton II – out

Celtics vs. Warriors key players to watch

Boston Celtics

Jayson Tatum: Jayson Tatum’s scoring numbers are down this season, but he’s done a good job deferring to his teammates with so many stars in Boston. Tatum could be in line for a big game, as Golden State is down its two best defenders on Tuesday. 

Jrue Holiday: The All-Star guard will likely draw the Steph Curry assignment, and how he fares could go a long way to Boston getting this win. The Celtics have the No. 2 defensive rating in the NBA entering this matchup. 

Golden State Warriors

Steph Curry: For the first time in years (2018), Curry went without making a 3-pointer in his last game. I expect him to bounce back on Tuesday, but things won’t be easy against a Boston team that has been elite on defense. Curry is averaging 28.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game this season while shooting 41.1 percent from 3. 

Celtics vs. Warriors prediction and pick

The Celtics have struggled as road favorites, going 2-7-2 against the spread, but this number is way too short on Tuesday. 

Golden State is still being treated in the market like a playoff team, and the Warriors simply haven’t been that this season. 

Here’s where the Warriors rank in some key metrics this season: 

  • Net rating: 19th
  • Offensive rating: 16th
  • Defensive rating: 16th
  • Effective field goal percentage: 19th
  • Rebounding percentage: 4th
  • Turnover percentage: 28th

To compare, here’s where Boston ranks in those same categories: 

  • Net rating: 2nd
  • Offensive rating: 6th
  • Defensive rating: 2nd
  • Effective field goal percentage: 3rd
  • Rebounding percentage: 5th
  • Turnover percentage: 17th

These teams are light years apart, and the Warriors don’t have nearly as much offense this season with Andrew Wiggins and Klay Thompson both getting off to slow starts. 

With Boston likely throwing Jrue Holiday and Derrick White at Curry, I think the Celtics can win this game by much more than five points. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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