At the beginning of the season Boston was tabbed as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. Thus, their sluggish start to the season must be rated as a letdown. Not that anyone is downplaying the Celtics chances for success. They will remain a consistent favorite with NBA games betting odds. Additionally, Oklahoma City has stumbled out of the gate. Extending playoff expectations is the presence of Russell Westbrook. After missing the first two games he is back in the lineup. To be exact Westbrook can carry a team like few other players.
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Date and Time: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Celtics vs. Thunder TV Coverage: TNT
Boston opened the season with a record of 2-2 straight up but just 1-3 vs. the line. Also, the Celtics went under the total in three of their first four games. Boston failed to cover its first two away games. On the whole they have had a similar metric look to last season. To show, the Celtics rank 30th in the NBA for scoring offense but second for scoring defense. Not withstanding the mediocre start the return of Kyrie Irving is appreciated by all. So far Irving is averaging 16.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City is 0-3 straight up and 1-2 against the spread. Further, the Thunder have gone under the total twice. Extending the rough early look are subpar metrics. To illuminate the Thunder rank 27th for scoring offense and 18th for scoring defense. Subsequently much of these numbers can be attributed to Westbrook missing the first two games. Hence Westbrook scoring 32 points in his first game back. Extending Westbrook’s importance is the concern that OKC may lack the depth to support Westbrook. Head coach Billy Donovan faces the challenge of maximizing production from the supporting cast.
Stats to Consider
Boston has struggled badly with NBA games betting value on the road. For example, the Celtics have paid in just two of their last 12 games away from home. Five of their last eight in that situation have gone under the total. Balanced against that is Oklahoma City’s poor wagering value at home. Consider the Thunder’s mark of just two payouts in their last nine games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Three of their last five home court tilts have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Head to head Boston has had the online sportsbook advantage in this series. Additionally, four of the last six between these teams went under the total. In the same way the Celtics have had strong success at Oklahoma City. To be exact the Celtics have paid in seven of their last ten visits to Chesapeake Energy Arena. Further, the last three meetings between these teams at OKC have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
In this situation the Celtics defense should be the matchup difference. More emphatically Boston was able to succeed with the NBA games betting odds. Without Irving last year in the playoffs. Correspondingly that shows their superior supporting cast.
Celtics vs. Thunder NBA games Betting Odds Picks
As mentioned earlier Boston owns this head to head series and rates the call.
Celtics vs. Thunder NBA Betting Online Pick: Boston Celtics
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: Celtics 100, Thunder 92
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