NBA Thunder vs Celtics Spread and Prediction (03-08-20)

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Two teams sitting on the top-6 places of their respective conference are clashing today, when the 3rd in the East Boston Celtics (42-20), who have won only once in their last 4 games, are hosting the 6th in the West Oklahoma City Thunder (39-24), who on the other hand want to extend their current small winning streak.

Date/Time: 03-08-2020, 18:00 EDT

Spread: Boston Celtics -5

Total: +217.5

Boston Celtics have a 42-20 record (38-22-2 against the spread) and are sitting in the third place of the East. They have lost three of their last four matches and in their last game they lost at home against the Jazz with a 94-99 score, not beating the odds. Jayson Tatum leads the team in scoring with 23.5 ppg, adding 7.1 rebounds per game. Kemba Walker follows with 21.6 ppg, 4.1 rebounds and a team high 5 assists per game.

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Oklahoma City Thunder have a 39-24 record (39-24 against the spread) and are sitting in the 6th place of the West. They have back-to-back wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Knicks with a 126-103 score, beating the odds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team in scoring with 19.3 ppg, adding 6.1 rebounds per game. Danilo Gallinari follows with 19.2 ppg and 5.5 rebounds per game.

In their previous meeting earlier this season the Celtics won on the road with a 111-112 score. Celtics are 23-8 home, while the Thunder are 19-11 on the road. Celtics are better both offensively, scoring 113.1 ppg to Thunder’s 110.9 and defensively, allowing 106.8 ppg to Thunder’s 108.4. On the other hand, Thunder have a better field goal percentage (47.4% to 46%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.3% to 35.4%). Both teams are very close in turnovers committed (13.4 to 13.7), while Celtics are better both in rebounding (46 to 42.7) and in assists made (22.9 to 22). Bookmakers give the Celtics a -5 spread and expect them to utilize the strong home court and beat the odds today.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Pick: Boston Celtics -5 (-110)

 

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