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Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Betting Preview

Tuesday night features a battle of East versus West as the Boston Celtics (26-11, 1st in Eastern Conference) take on the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21, 12th in Western Conference). The Thunder will host this one at Paycom Center, with tipoff scheduled for 8:00 pm ET.

Boston will look to bounce back from a 123-111 loss to the Denver Nuggets in their last game. In the road loss, Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 55 points, 15 rebounds, and nine assists, but it still wasn’t enough to take down the Nuggets.

Oklahoma City comes in having lost back-to-back games, including a 115-96 loss at home versus the Philadelphia 76ers. The Thunder were led by Josh Giddey, who had 20 points, nine rebounds, and two assists in the loss.

The Celtics open as heavy favorites in this one. They are -335 to win, while the Thunder’s moneyline sits at +305. Oklahoma City sits as 8-point underdogs (-110), and the over/under for total points is 235.

Boston Looks To Get Back On Track

Even though Boston is 15-5 at home and 11-6 on the road, they have been a bit inconsistent as of late. In fact, in their last 10 games, they have gone just 5-5 and will look to get back into the win column Tuesday night.

Currently holding a 1.5-game lead in the Eastern Conference, the Celtics will hope to keep a stronghold on the conference.

Despite their lull as of late, they still rank tops in the NBA in scoring, averaging 118.6 points per game (114 on the road). Leading the way for Boston is Jayson Tatum, who is averaging 30.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.

Other major contributors include Jaylen Brown (27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists), Malcolm Brogdon (13 points, 4 rebounds, 3.8 assists), Marcus Smart (11.2 points, 7.4 assists), and Derrick White (10.1 points, 3.1 assists).

Defensively, the Celtics rank 13th in the NBA, allowing opponents an average of 112.4 points per game (111.6 on the road).

Thunder Look To Stay Above .500 At Home

While they have struggled mightily on the road (5-12), the Oklahoma City Thunder have at least been respectable at home, holding a 10-9 record. Looking to stay above .500 at home, the Thunder will also look to break their two-game losing streak Tuesday night.

Going against the top offense in the league, the Thunder’s defense is certainly going to need to step up. They currently sit 25th overall, allowing opponents 116.8 points per game (115.6 at home).

As for the offense, Oklahoma City sits 10th overall, averaging 115.2 points per game (116.7 at home).

The leading scorer for the Thunder this season has been guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He is averaging 30.8 points on 49.9% shooting. He is also averaging 4.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

The offense has also gotten decent output from Josh Giddey (14.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists), Luguentz Dort (13.9 points, 4.1 rebounds), and Jalen Williams (11.4 points, 3.7 rebounds).

Take The Thunder To Cover At Home

Looking at the trends, the Celtics are 9-2 straight up against Oklahoma City in their last 11 games, but they are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven.

As for the Thunder, they are 7-3 in their last 10 games at Paycom Center, even though they are just 4-8 straight up in their last 12.

Noteworthy, the UNDER has hit in 10 of the last 12 Celtics’ road games, and it has also hit in nine of the Thunder’s last 13 games.

Straight up, the Celtics seem like the play here; however, the most value might be with the Thunder and the points. Between their strong offense and their knack to cover the spreads, the Thunder at +8 points (-110) seems like a great play in this one.

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