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Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/24/14

Oklahoma City Thunder (33-10) at Boston Celtics (15-29)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)

The Line: Boston Celtics +7.5 -- Over/Under: 198 See the Latest Odds


The Boston Celtics will look to cool off Kevin Durant when the Oklahoma City Thunder visit tonight.

The Thunder will be looking to build on an impressive five-game win streak after taking down the Spurs by 111-105 on Wednesday thanks to a red-hot Kevin Durant who poured in 36 points for his ninth straight game of at least 30 points. Reggie Jackson provided Durant with plenty of support as well, matching a season high with 27 points to go with eight assists as the Thunder beat the Spurs for the third time this season to improve to 33-10 overall and 8-3 in the last 11 games overall.

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Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder - 1/24/14

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On the other hand, the Celtics have lost 12 of their last 14 games but are coming off a nice 113-111 overtime victory over the Wizards. With Rajon Rondo back on the sidelines, Phil Pressey returned to the starting lineup and had himself a nice outing of 20 points, while Jared Sullinger added 14 points and 11 rebounds, but the Celtics leaned heavily on Jeff Green who delivered with a season-high 39 points on 14 of 26 shooting. With the win, Boston improve to 15-29 overall and 6-17 on the road where they had lost 10 straight before their win against the Wizards.

In ATS trends, the Thunder are 4-0 ATS in their last four games following a win and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight home games.

 Head to head, the Thunder are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Boston.

I'm going to keep this one simple. The Thunder beat the Wizards by 119-96 back on Jan. 5 and while I'm not expecting a win by such a big margin, I would be surprised if the Thunder don't win and cover in this game, given the ridiculous form that Durant has been in lately.

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