Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics betting tips and predictions for Tuesday’s NBA game at Paycom Center. It’s a bounce back opportunity for the Celtics who hit the road to take on the Thunder, a team that’s lost 3 of 4 games. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It hasn’t been a pleasant start to the new year for the Thunder who have lost their 3rd game in 4 outings. They didn’t stand much of a chance in Philadelphia, despite holding Joel Embiid to just 16 points. The Philly big man found other ways to hurt them as he finished with a triple-double, the Thunder also shot just 38% from the field in the loss.
That’s something that will need to be addressed in tonight’s game. Against Boston they scored 122 points in the 1st meeting of the season played at TD Garden, if they can get off to a hot start shooting the ball they are capable of making life difficult for the Celtics here. Star man Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging over 30 points in his last 9 games, he will once again be the focal point of the offense following a mediocre 14 points scored against Philadelphia.
Boston comes into tonight’s game after having their win streak snapped by the Denver Nuggets 123-111 on Sunday. A 30-point night from Jaylen Brown wasn’t enough, as Nikola Jokic destroyed them with 30 points of his own. The good news is OKC doesn’t have anyone of Jokic’s skillset here, but it still promises to be a tough road game for the Cs. Robert Williams III is questionable due to rest, the leaky Celtics defense could definitely use him here. Boston has also struggled defending the three ball as opponents are knocking down over 40% of shots against them from the perimeter. Those are the things that will need to be fixed ahead of tonight’s game, if they want to continue on their hot streak of 5 straight wins at Oklahoma City. In the last 11 meetings, Boston has gone 9-2 SU, they are heavy favorites as a result of that here.
I’m expecting Boston to take out all of it’s frustrations from the Denver game on tonight’s opponent the Thunder. They are outscoring OKC by 7.6 points over the 3 most recent meetings and also have an impressive 11-6 SU record in road games this season. Take Boston to cover.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Predictions & Odds
Although Celtics games have trended towards the under this season, tonight’s game could be a different experience as the Thunder love a high scoring game on their home floor. This team ranks 3rd in pace of play this season averaging 104.1 possessions per game, although their offensive efficiency is only 22nd in the NBA they more than make up for it with their tempo. Boston has the best offensive efficiency in the entire NBA at 115.8 points per 100 possessions, they too average over 100 possessions per game this season. The 3 most recent meetings have all gone over the total with an average of 239.6 points scored, even the 1st meeting of this season produced 248 points which is all you need to know about tonight’s game. Look for both teams to play a free flowing offensive game here, backing the points is the best way to approach this one.