How To Bet on the Oklahoma City vs Boston NBA Spread
On Wednesday, the Boston Celtics host the Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA betting action. The Celtics (39-27) are in second place in the Atlantic Division but just lost to Houston on Friday night, 102-98. They face the Pacers in Indianapolis on Tuesday night before coming back home to take on the Thunder. The Thunder (45-22) are in first place in the Northwest Division and followed up a disappointing loss to San Antonio on Saturday with a thunderous rout of the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night, winning 128-94.
How To Bet on the Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics NBA Spread
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 7:00pm ET
Where: TD Garden, Boston, MA
TV: CSNE, FSOK, ESPN
Radio: 850 AM WEEI / Celtics Radio Network
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you pick the Celtics?
While the loss to Houston was disappointing, it made the Celtics aware of a couple of flaws that had been growing during their winning streak. They turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 15 times and only shot 37 percent from the floor — trends that were new. However, the Rockets also controlled the lane, outscoring their hosts 60-46 inside. The Thunder are not a particularly strong team inside, as Serge Ibaka likes to wander outside for the mid-range shot or even the three, so the Celtics should be able to win that interior battle.
Why should you put your money on Oklahoma City?
You never, never know which Thunder team will emerge from the locker room. It could be the squad that refused to block out or play interior defense in San Antonio and ended up losing by eight, or it could be the team that makes another contender look absolutely silly, as they did when Portland came to town. The Thunder could see the Trail Blazers in the first round, and the 34-point win was a statement by the Thunder. However, it was just one game. Yes, Russell Westbrook notched his 12th triple-double of the season, and the Trail Blazers have the same high-octane offense that the Celtics do — which the Thunder were able to shut down. Will the unbeatable Thunder show up in Boston, or will the offense-only group get off the plane?
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like the Celtics to start another home winning streak against the Thunder. Oklahoma City has tremendous talent but still struggles to put together consecutive strong games on the interior and on defense. I’m picking a 121-113 Celtic win.