NBA Betting Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Golden State Warriors Odds, Analysis

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2016

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reaches for rebound as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, center rear, defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Warriors won 103-96 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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With five of their last seven games at home as they attempt to pass the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls for the best regular-season record of all time, the Golden State Warriors (68-7) are considered strong favorites to accomplish the feat.

The Warriors have yet to lose at home this season, with a 36-0 mark at Oracle Arena, and they have won 54 in a row there dating back to last year going into Friday’s matchup with the Boston Celtics (43-32).

Golden State is a 12-point betting favorite at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.

The Warriors nearly suffered their first loss of the season against the Celtics on December 11 but pulled off a 124-119 victory in double overtime to improve to 24-0. They lost their next game the following night at the Milwaukee Bucks in the finale of a seven-game road trip and have struggled to cover versus Boston despite a five-game winning streak in the series.

Golden State is just 1-4-1 against the spread in the past six meetings with the Celtics, with only one of the wins decided by more than five points.

Boston is coming off a tough 116-109 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers as 2.5-point underdogs Thursday in the third game of a five-game road trip. The Celtics led the Blazers 83-81 heading into the fourth quarter but fell apart in the fourth, trailing by as many as 13 points before closing the gap in the final minutes.

They are 11-6 straight up and 9-7-1 against the spread the 17 times they have played the second game of a back-to-back situation this season, according to the Odds Shark NBA Database.

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The Warriors needed overtime to knock off the Utah Jazz 103-96 on Wednesday. They managed to cover as 4.5-point road favorites after going 1-5 against the spread in their previous six games.

As a double-digit home favorite this year, Golden State is 27-0 straight up and 13-14 against the spread. But the team is just 6-11 against the spread in its last 17 under that scenario, failing to cover three in a row as the pressure mounts to become the first team in NBA history to finish the regular season unbeaten at home and also top Chicago’s 72-10 record.

All point spread and lines data courtesy of Odds Shark.