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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3/8/2020 NBA Odds and Previews

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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3-8-2020 NBA Odds and Previews

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3/8/2020 – The Boston Celtics host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, looking to bounce back with a win. NBA moneyline tip the Celtics to take this one despite the two-game winning streak of the Thunder. OKC is trying to rack up as many wins as possible to improve their positioning heading into the playoffs. The Celtics also need a win badly as they try to strengthen their hold of third spot in the Eastern Conference. The last time they met this season, it was Boston winning 112-111 on the road.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3/8/2020

When: March 8, 2020 6:00 PM ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
TV: NBATV
Stream: NBA League Pass, SofaScore

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3/8/2020 Betting Odds
Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Oklahoma City Thunder +5 (-110) 217.5 o (-110) +175

Boston Celtics
-5 (-110) 217.5 u (-110) -210
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Oklahoma City Thunder Betting

The Oklahoma City Thunder will try to stretch their winning streak to three games to keep abreast of its West counterparts. They are in between the Houston Rockets and the Dallas Mavericks in the middle of the upper standings. Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander need to step up anew if the Thunder want this one. They are allowing opponents 108.4 points per game, something they cannot afford to give the Celtics.

Players to watch: S. Gilgeous-Alexander SG 62 GP 62 GS 35.4 MIN 19.3 PTS 0.7 OR 5.4 DR 6.1 REB 3.3 AST 1.1 STL 0.7 BLK 1.9 TO 1.7 PF 1.7 AST/TO 17.72 PER

D. Gallinari PF 53 GP 53 GS 30.7 MIN 19.2 PTS 0.6 OR 5 DR 5.6 REB 2.1 AST 0.8 STL 0.1 BLK 1.3 TO 1.2 PF 1.6 AST/TO 19.61 PER

D. Schroder PG 61 GP 1 GS 31 MIN 19 PTS 0.3 OR 3.4 DR 3.7 REB 4 AST 0.6 STL 0.2 BLK 2.6 TO 2.2 PF 1.6 AST/TO 16.85 PER

Boston Celtics Betting

Boston Celtics is trying to get back in the groove, losing three of its last four assignments. They are coming off a loss to Utah and are looking for redemption. Out to lead them on offense will be Jayson Tatum and the returning Kemba Walker. Defensively, the Celtics are doing a good job by holding down opponents to 106.8 points per contest. However, tightening that up could be a good idea.

Players to Watch: J. Tatum PF 56 GP 56 GS 34.6 MIN 23.6 PTS 1 OR 6.1 DR 7.1 REB 3 AST 1.3 STL 0.9 BLK 2.3 TO 2 PF 1.3 AST/TO 20.65 PER

K. Walker PG 47 GP 47 GS 32 MIN 21.7 PTS 0.7 OR 3.4 DR 4.1 REB 5 AST 1 STL 0.5 BLK 2.1 TO 1.6 PF 2.3 AST/TO 21.03 PER

M. Smart PG 50 GP 36 GS 32.2 MIN 13 PTS 0.7 OR 3 DR 3.7 REB 4.9 AST 1.7 STL 0.5 BLK 1.6 TO 2.7 PF 3 AST/TO 14.01 PER

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 3/8/2020 Betting Numbers

Trends

Oklahoma City Thunder

Oklahoma City are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
Thunder are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games.
Oklahoma City are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against Boston.
Oklahoma City are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games against Boston.
Thunder are 11-1 SU in their last 12 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Boston.
Oklahoma City are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games this season.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oklahoma City’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Eastern Conference conference.
Oklahoma City are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Atlantic Division division.

Boston Celtics

Boston are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Boston’s last 9 games.
Boston are 12-5 SU in their last 17 games.
Boston are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games at home.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games when playing at home against Oklahoma City.
Boston are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games this season.
Celtics are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games against an opponent in the Western Conference conference.
Boston are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Northwest Division division.
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Boston’s last 14 games played in March.

Injuries

Oklahoma City Thunder

Andre Roberson SF Knee is out indefinitely
Darius Bazley PF Thumb is out indefinitely

Boston Celtics

Gordon Hayward SF Knee is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Oklahoma City
Jaylen Brown SF Hamstring is downgraded to OUT Sunday vs Oklahoma City

Head-to-Head
Oklahoma City Thunder Boston Celtics
38-24 Against the Spread 37-24
30-32 Straight Up 30-31
110 Points per Game 113
108 Points Allowed per Game 106
47.22 Offensive FG% 46.24
80.23 Offensive FT% 80.12
35.29 Offensive 3PT% 36.58
45.74 Defensive FG% 44.08
79.75 Defensive FT% 76.03
34.58 Defensive 3PT% 34.12

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Betting Picks

The Celtics are struggling but NBA run line sees them finally getting their act together. With Kemba Walker back in action, Brad Stevens gets another guard he can rely on. Tatum and Marcus Smart should provide needed help as they try to snap the Thunder’s two-game winning streak.

Moneyline: The ML handed to the Thunder for this game is at +175 while the Celtics are at -210 at home.

ATS: +5 is given to the Thunder across the spread while on the other side of the line are the Celtics with -5.

TOTALs: 217.5 is the given total for this match with the Thunder going over and the Celtics the team under.

Score Prediction: 107 – 105 Celtics