Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Saturday’s NBA game. The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking for their 3rd road win of the season as they travel to Boston to take on the Celtics. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Coming off a 96-89 loss against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Thunder are now 6-9 on the season. Despite the loss they were able to cover the spread as they were 13 point underdogs before tip-off in that game. They didn’t score as much as they wanted to, but the defense was on point as they held the Bucks to just 37% shooting from the field and 29% from three-point land. Even Giannis struggled as he finished the game with just 21 points. For the Thunder every single player who checked into the game scored, but as a team they shot the ball only 35% on the night. Not at all surprising considering they rank only 29th in the NBA in points per game. If they want to get a win at Boston tonight that stat will have to improve dramatically as they’ve won just twice in their last 8 meetings with Boston.
The Celtics are coming off a statement win against their historic rivals the LA Lakers last night. Jayson Tatum finally put together a huge game for them and led the way with 37 points in the 130-108 win. The Celtics were down by as many as 14-points, but they were able to completely overshadow the return of LeBron James with a big second half performance. With the win they are still only just 8-8 on the season and currently rank 9th in the Eastern Conference. At home they’ve split their first 6 games, but the good news is their form is on the rise as they’ve won 6 of their last 9 games overall. Against teams from the Western Conference the Celtics have covered the spread in 4 of the last 5 games.
Both teams played last night, so there’s no advantage when it comes to fatigue here. Boston is still without Jaylen Brown, however the supporting cast did show up against the Lakers last night. Can they do so two nights in a row? Probably. I think the Celtics win this one, but not by a lot. In their last 10 games against the Thunder they are outscoring them by just 2.4 points per game, so I’m confident the Thunder can keep this one in single-digits. OKC to cover.
Boston Celtics – Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
Boston Celtics – Oklahoma City Thunder Predictions
Thunder +10.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds on bet365
The two teams have trended towards the under in their last 10 meetings with 6 of the 10 games cashing on that bet. They are scoring just 214.8 points per game while shooting a mediocre 44% from the field. Boston’s last6 of 9 games have gone under the total, while for OKC that number is at 9 times in their last 10 games. It is very telling that all 7 of their away games so far this season have gone under the total. This team is really struggling to score, but at least they put in the effort on the defensive end every single night. Pace-wise the Celtics play the 8th slowest pace in the league right now and with them being at home here I think they will control how things go here. With the Thunder holding the Bucks to just 96 points last night, I think they’ll be able to have a similar performance tonight at TD Garden as well. Give me the under in this one.
Under 205.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds on bet365