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Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 1/3/23 NBA Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston Celtics (26-11) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21)
January 3, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder +8.5; Over/Under: +235.5
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The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Paycom Center. The Boston Celtics have split their last 8 games. The Oklahoma City Thunder have split their last 8 games.

The Boston Celtics are averaging 118.6 points on 47.9 percent shooting and allowing 112.4 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Jayson Tatum is averaging 30.9 points and 8.1 rebounds, while Jaylen Brown is averaging 27.1 points and 3.4 assists. Malcolm Brogdon is the third double-digit scorer and Marcus Smart is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.8 rebounds per game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are averaging 115.2 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 116.8 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.8 points and 5.8 assists, while Josh Giddey is averaging 14.9 points and 5.4 assists. Luguentz Dort is the third double-digit scorer and Jalen Williams is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Oklahoma City Thunder are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. The Oklahoma City Thunder are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.6 rebounds per game.

The Celtics are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Thunder are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games. The under is 9-2-1 in Celtics last 12 road games. The under is 9-4 in Thunder last 13 overall. The Celtics are 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Oklahoma City and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

The Boston Celtics have the ability to blow the doors off here, but they’ve also been shaky these last couple of weeks, and they’re no longer covering numbers. The Oklahoma City Thunder have played their best ball at home, and they also cover numbers in this spot. This line feels a little too thick if we’re being honest. I’ll take a stab with OKC.

Randy Chambers's Free Pick: Oklahoma City Thunder +8.5

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