Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 3 (1/3): NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Prediction, Pick and Preview, January 3 (1/3): NBA

 

Odds

Time 8:00 p.m. EST
Celtics money line -370
Celtics spread -8.5 (-110)
Thunder money line +285
Thunder spread +8.5 (-110)
Over / under 235.5

 

2022-2023 season stats

  Boston Celtics Oklahoma City Thunder
Record 26-11 15-21
Home / road record 11-6 10-9
Streak L1 L1
Points per game 118.00 115.00
Points allowed per game 112.00 116.00
Rebounds per game 43.00 44.00
Rebounds allowed per game 44.00 48.00
Over / under record 18-18-1 19-16-1
 

Preview

The Boston Celtics continue on the road and will visit the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Paycom Center on Tuesday night. These teams faced each other earlier this season in Boston where the Celtics won 126-122 but didn't covered the spread as -12 points favorites.  

 

Boston Celtics

The Celtics get here with a 26-11 record overall and are 11-6 on the road ranking 1st in the Atlantic division. Boston ranks third in the Eastern Conference shooting 37.3% from downtown. Al Horford leads the Celtics shooting 44.4% from 3-point range.

Jayson Tatum is scoring 30.9 points per game and averaging 8.1 rebounds for the Celtics. Jaylen Brown is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Boston.

In their last 10 games, the Celtics are 5-5, averaging 114.1 points, 46.8 rebounds, 26.0 assists, 7.5 steals and 5.4 blocks per game while shooting 44.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.2 points.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder get here with a 15-21 record and are 10-9 at home so far this season ranking 5th in the Northwest Division. Oklahoma City is seventh in the Western Conference with 11.6 offensive rebounds per game led by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl averaging 2.0.

Luguentz Dort averages 1.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Thunder, scoring 13.9 points while shooting 32.6% from beyond the arc. Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.8 points, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals over the last 10 games for Oklahoma City.

In their last 10 games the Thunder are 4-6, averaging 113.5 points, 44.3 rebounds, 22.7 assists, 7.6 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 45.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.9 points per game.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Boston are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against Oklahoma City.

Boston are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games against Oklahoma City.

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Boston's last 12 games on the road.

Boston are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City.

The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oklahoma City's last 13 games.

Oklahoma City are 4-8 SU in their last 12 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City's last 5 games against Boston.

Oklahoma City are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Celtics were on fire before losing against the Nuggets in Denver 2 days ago but they already beat the Thunder earlier this season. The Thunder have lost 3 of their last 4 games but they are 7-3 ats in their last 10 games at home and lost by only 4 points vs Celtics on the road earlier this season so I think they can keep this game close enough to at least cover the spread. Take the Thunder.

 

PICK: Thunder +8.5 (-110)

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