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Golden State Warriors' D'Angelo Russell (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Golden State Warriors' D'Angelo Russell (0) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers' JaVale McGee during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Los Angeles.|Marcio Jose Sanchez | Associated Press
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NBA: Greg Frank picks Celtics vs Warriors — without Klay Thompson or Steph Curry, does Golden State have a chance?

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

1-0 Thursday night, 25-17-1 overall.

Celtics (-7.5) @ Warriors (224)

Pick: Warriors +7.5

It might feel weird thinking that a team traveling to the Bay Area to play the Golden State Warriors might actually fall into a flat spot, but that’s what we’re thinking tonight. The Boston Celtics begin a five-game road trip out west with the Warriors tonight. Boston has won nine in a row since losing on opening night in Philadelphia. The Warriors have started the season going in the exact opposite direction posting a 2-10 record through 12 games. We may not see Klay Thompson or Steph Curry at all the rest of the season and Golden State could easily could from the five-time reigning Western Conference champions to picking in the top three in next year’s draft. Despite these injuries, oddsmakers have done a good job putting lines out on Warriors games as their ATS results have been mostly pretty close to the closing point spread. That might make it difficult to choose a side in tonight’s game, but we do see some value on the Warriors expect the Celtics to roll in fat and happy off a nine-game winning streak, and the Warriors to play hard and have a chance to catch the Celtics napping. They’ll have a chance to steal this one outright so 7.5 points is plenty for us to back the Warriors.

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