Celtics vs. Thunder Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Thunder are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The over-under is set at 205.
The Celtics come in on a six-game win streak after a 113-86 home win over the Kings. Oklahoma City is 4-3 following a 110-91 victory at the Bucks. The Thunder won both meetings straight up last season and went 1-0-1 ATS. The over-under went 1-1.
Boston was led by Kyrie Irving against Sacramento as he had 22 points, five assists and four steals. Jaylen Brown accounted for 22 points and six rebounds. Daniel Theis had 10 points and 10 boards off the bench. Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier each scored 12. The Celtics led 58-45 at halftime and outscored the Kings 31-15 in the third quarter.
Oklahoma City received a 20-point night from Paul George in the win over Milwaukee. Jerami Grant tallied 17 points off the bench. Carmelo Anthony had 17 points and eight rebounds. Russell Westrook accounted for 12 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists. Steven Adams added 14 points and 11 rebounds. The Thunder led 60-42 at halftime.
Boston is 3-9-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
The Celtics have surprised plenty of people by their resiliency after the devastating broken ankle suffered by Gordon Hayward in the season opener. But winning streaks have to stop somewhere and they are going up against an OKC squad that seems to really be gelling after some initial time for players to get used to each other the new-look roster. This seems like it could be a statement game on ESPN for the Thunder as they want to prove they are right up there with the best teams in the NBA.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER -6.5