Celtics take on Thunder in hoops contest
Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
Boston travels to Oklahoma City on Sunday, hoping to boost its 34-27 mark with a victory over the Thunder.
The Thunder sit at 46-16 (36-23-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Celtics are currently 34-27 (29-29-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oklahoma City is 32-28-2 OU, and Boston is 30-30-1 OU. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Thunder and the No. 15-ranked Celtics, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 109-100 result in favor of the Thunder.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 107 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 8 at 95.9 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 48.4% so far, more than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 46% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 13-rated mark, allowing 98.8 points per game when playing on the road. Oklahoma City, on the other hand, rates No. 2 in scoring on their home court.
Boston won its last outing, a 107-102 result against the Hawks on March 8. The Celtics covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite, while the 209 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Celtics got a 27-point performance from Paul Pierce as Boston ran past Atlanta 107-102 on Friday at TD Garden.
The Thunder were a 116-94 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Bobcats. They covered the 15-point spread as favorites, while the total score (210) made winners of OVER bettors. Oklahoma City cruised to victory on Friday, running Charlotte out of the gym and running up a 116-94 score at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Charlotte are 9-1
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Oklahoma City Thunder Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 9-1
Before playing San Antonio are 8-2
After playing Charlotte are 3-7
After a win are 8-2
A few Celtics at Thunder trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oklahoma City
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 23-2 SU in its last 25 games at home
Oklahoma City is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 7 games at home
Oklahoma City is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Boston
Boston at Charlotte, Tuesday, March 12
Oklahoma City at San Antonio, Monday, March 11