By Stephen Ur III –
The Boston Celtics are heading into their second matchup of the season against the Golden State Warriors this season on a seven-game win streak and the best record not only in the Eastern Conference, but also in the league at 33-12.
Forward Jayson Tatum is also coming another stellar performance for Boston as he scored 51 points on 15 of 23 shooting in the paint, 7-12 from three and a perfect 14-14 from the free throw line in 130-118 win in Charlotte on Monday night.
As for the team that defeated Boston in the 2022 NBA Finals, the Warriors come into this rematch with a .500 record at 22-22. They are coming off a 127-118 win over the Washington Wizards on Monday, but this is just their second win in seven games in 2023.
Golden State kicked off 2023 with four consecutive losses before defeating the San Antonio Spurs 144-113 on Jan. 13, a game that was played at the Alamodome in San Antonio. They will now look to come out of TD Garden, where they clinched their fourth championship in eight years last season, with a win.
James Wiseman is out for the Warriors with a foot injury while Boston will be without Jaylen Brown, who is considered day-to-day with an adductor injury. Tip-off for this game is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcasted nationally on TNT.