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Celtics visit Thunder in hoops battle

Boston CelticsOklahoma City Thunder
13-20January 05, 2014, 07:00 | Chesapeake Energy Arena26-7

The Thunder will hit the floor running against the visiting Boston Celtics on Sunday, looking to bolster their record and bolster wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Thunder sport a record of 26-7 and 18-15 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Celtics sit at 13-20 and 16-17 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 17-16 for the Thunder and 12-21 for the Celtics. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder Odds and Stats.

The Celtics were listed as 11-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks (including Sportsbook.ag), with the total listed at 195 earlier in the day (check BetOnline for updates during the day).

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thunder at No. 1 and the Celtics at No. 20 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 98-89 result in favor of the Thunder.

The Celtics were a 95-92 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Pelicans. They covered the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (187) made winners of UNDER bettors. Avery Bradley scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Celtics to victory (they lost 95-92 to New Orleans at TD Garden on Friday).

Last time out for Oklahoma City, they were a 115-111 winner as they battled the Timberwolves on the road. The Thunder covered in the match as a 2-point underdog, while 226 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kevin Durant went off for 48 points and added 7 rebounds leading Oklahoma City to a 115-111 win over Minnesota on Saturday at Target Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oklahoma City's No. 3-ranked offense, averaging 105.58 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 5 at 96.67 PPG. The Thunder field goal percentage has averaged 47.1% so far, more than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 44.62% per game.

A few Celtics at Thunder trends to consider:
Boston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Boston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games
Boston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Oklahoma City is 20-4-1 SU in its last 25 games
Oklahoma City is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Oklahoma City is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oklahoma City's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Boston at Denver, Tuesday, January 7th
Oklahoma City at Utah, Tuesday, January 7th