Boston Celtics (2-2) vs Oklahoma City Thunder (0-3)Date : 10/25/2018
Time : 8:00 PM ET
Location : Chesapeake Energy Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder are still looking for their first win of the season after failing to do so against the Kings in their last game while the Celtics lost in their first game at home against the Magic. Game tips off at 8:00 PM ET.
Boston Celtics's Latest Performance :
No one saw it coming as the Celtics fell at home against the Magic in TD Garden. You would think that a team filled with two All-Star back in their line up would cruise past the Magic that wasn’t the case. The Celtics offense is all over the place at the moment everyone is trying to do too much rather than making the correct play. Al Horford is a remarkable defender, but centers who play bully-ball give him trouble. Nikola Vucevic lived in the paint and dominated expect the Thunder to run similar plays for Steven Adams. The Celtics must do a better job coming up with rebounds as they allowed eight offensive rebound against the Magic. It will take some time for the Celtics to get used to playing with Hayward and Kyrie back in the lineup but there was no real excuse to be losing to the Magic at home. Jayson Tatum had only seven points in his last game he will have to bounce back and have a better game against the Thunder because the Celtics are relying on him to become their primary scorer moving forward.
Oklahoma City Thunder's Latest Performance :
The Thunder will continue their three-game homestand against the Celtics. They haven’t won a game this season but there is no need to panic if you are a Thunder fan because Russell Westbrook is healthy as he scored 32 points on 13-of-23 FGs with 12 rebounds and eight assists. He wasn’t playing on minutes restriction he should be ready to go against the Celtics. Paul George had 29 points and shot 10-for-18 from the floor but his effort wasn’t enough for the Win. Russell and George can do so much for the team but they need their role players to step it up as well. Westbrook and George combined to score 61 points and shot 56.1 percent from the field while the rest of the team scored 59 points and shot 36.5 percent from the field. Allowing the Kings to score 131 points is not acceptable for a playoff team. They will have to do a much better job against the Celtics. It all starts on the defensive end for the Thunder that would lead to easier points in the paint.
How Boston Celtics & Oklahoma City Thunder Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Thunder are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference.
Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference.
Against The Spread Selection: Oklahoma City Thunder
My reason for the pick :
The Thunder will get their first win of the season against the Celtics at home. Westbrook wouldn’t allow his team to lose two games in a row with him in the starting rotation. He should have a great duel going up against Kyrie Irving. Paul George will also contribute as usual as he will be matched up with Tatum. The Celtics interior defense won’t get any better so I expect Steven Adams to put up a double-double in this game and dominate the offensive glass as Horford continues to struggle defensively. This game will go down to the wire as the Celtics will drop two straight as their early struggles to the season continues.
Betting trends for Boston Celtics:
- Celtics are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Northwest.
Betting trends for Oklahoma City Thunder:
- Thunder are 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games following a double-digit loss at home.