Thunder vs. Celtics - 3/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (30-36) at Oklahoma City Thunder (37-30)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -8 -- Over/Under: 212.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, FSOK
The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder play Wednesday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Boston Celtics look to build on their five-game winning streak. On the season, the Celtics are averaging 100.7 points on 44 percent shooting and are allowing 101.4 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Avery Bradley is averaging 14 points and 3.1 rebounds while Brandon Bass is averaging 10.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Tyler Zeller is shooting 54.5 percent from the field. The Boston Celtics still find themselves in the thick of a playoff race, and it starts with a defense that’s allowing 42.4 percent shooting during their winning streak. The Celtics have allowed no more than 92 points in five straight games and have won four of their last six games SU on the road.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder need a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Thunder are averaging 102.8 points on 44.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Russell Westbrook is averaging 27.5 points and 8.4 assists while Enes Kanter is averaging 16 points and 10.4 rebounds. Dion Waiters is shooting 37.2 percent from the field and Anthony Morrow is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder will now be without Serge Ibaka for the next couple of weeks due to knee surgery. As if Westbrook didn’t have to carry OKC as it is, he now has even more pressure. The Thunder are just barely holding onto the last playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference.
The Celtics are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games and 21-6-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Celtics are 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Boston Celtics just won't go away, and they've been one of the hottest teams in the league ATS. Meanwhile, the Thunder are losing players left and right and are becoming more and more of a one-man team. I like the value of the points here.