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(2-2) Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (0-3)
Date: Thursday October 25
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Thunder -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 212.5
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The Celtics got a lot of pub heading into the season but they have ye to find their stride. I suppose concerns about the true integration of Gordon Hayward and the re-integration of Kyrie Irving are justified. Or it could just be a super small sample size.
The Thunder are still looking for their first win so there could be a little desperation on their part. This was a playoff team a year ago and starting 0-3 (after the Paul George coup) is not what the OKC brass had in mind.
There is a lot to like about Boston so odds are this is just a sluggish start. Still they are already a couple of games behind the Raptors and that is their primary rival for division and ultimately Eastern Conference supremacy it seems. You don’t want to fall too far back.
Here is what we have seen so far from Boston – they are last in the league in scoring and first in the league in points allowed. I think they can be a good defensive team but the anemic scoring is a surprise. Will they regress to the mean or are there chemistry issues.
The challenge for Brad Stevens this season is going to be feeding all of the hungry mouths on the team and perhaps this is a bit of a canary in the coal mine. Right now Jayson Tatum is leading the team in scoring even though he is not off to a great start.
Kyrie Irving is second on the team in points per game but that will definitely change once he starts making shots. He is a high volume guy but he is also not usually shooting under 40%. Maybe Tatum is ready for the mantle of go to guy but I am not seeing it just yet.
The Celtics are very well coached so they are going to figure it out. This is a good matchup for them too because they have good counters for the top two players on the Thunder.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It was a surprise when Paul George elected to stay in OKC. His presence makes this team formidable but you have to wonder if they might have exhaled a little too soon. They are still missing Andre Roberson but that is a more of a defensive loss, it doesn’t explain why the offense has been so sluggish.
Russell Westbrook has only played one of the three games so there should not be too much panic.. He looked good to go in his opening game with 32/12/8. I also like the addition of Dennis Schroeder. He is a super aggressive scorer with the ball and that makes him an easy guy to swap in and support Westbrook.
I am not sure the ceiling of this team right now. Westbrook and George are a lethal duo. Steven Adams can mix it up inside but the rest of the parts are difficult to see how it all adds up. Terrance Ferguson and others are kind of unknowns at this point.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 4-0 in Celtics last 4 games following a straight up loss.
Under is 5-0 in Celtics last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Celtics are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games.
Under is 6-0 in Thunder last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Under is 17-4 in Thunder last 21 games after allowing more than 125 points in their previous game.
Thunder are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder NBA Prediction:
Boston is a short underdog in this one and I like them in that spot…pretty much against any team. They can be better and will be ultimately.
Love the battle of Westbrook against Kyrie. Maybe that is exactly what Irving needs to get his game a little sharper. They have a lot of weapons, the Celtics do.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics +1.5
Will probably just take Boston the moneyline. Unlikely this one goes down to the wire where the spread makes a difference.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Celtics 107 – Thunder 100
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