The (6-7) Oklahoma City Thunder travel to the East Coast to take on the first-place Boston Celtics on Monday.
The Thunder are playing better than many around the NBA anticipated. Oklahoma City has several play-making guards like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. However, the ferocious Boston Celtics’ defense will be an issue for the Thunder.
On the offensive end of the court, Jayson Tatum continues to dominate night in and night out. The Celtics are 5-1 at home. A hostile Boston crowd could cause even more of an issue for Oklahoma City.
Gilgeous-Alexander continues to shine on both ends of the court. SGA averages 31 points per game while leading the team in assists and steals. SGA vs. Marcus Smart match-up will be a fun one to watch.
Giddey continues to contribute across the board for the Thunder. He averages 15 points per night while leading the team in rebounds and assists.
The Thunder need additional firepower to compete against the NBA’s top teams. Oklahoma City only has four players who score in double digits.
Jayson Tatum continues to make a case for the NBA MVP. Tatum is a force on both ends of the court with 32 points per game, while leading the team in rebounds and blocked shots.
Jaylen Brown continues to play at a high level. He looks like an NBA All-Star with 25 points per night.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics Match Details
Fixture: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Boston Celtics
Date and Time: Monday, November 14, 7:30 PM ET
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Mass
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics Best Pick:
The Boston Celtics should coast to victory here. The Celtics are one of the best teams in the NBA at home. Oklahoma City will put up a fight for a little while, but the Celtics should be able to pull away. Given that game script, the Celtics won’t need their firepower to extend themselves. Take the Under on the complimentary Jaylen Brown.
Jaylen Brown; Pts: Under 25.5
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics Final Prediction
Oklahoma City has a feisty squad that will give you their all, but they don’t have enough firepower to defeat the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The line is too high to take on the Celtics, so I will lean into the plucky Thunder to keep the game in the single digits.
Oklahoma City Thunder +12 (-115) (O/U 228.5, -110)