The Boston Celtics (26-11) are favorites (-8.5) in their matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder (15-21) at Paycom Center on January 3, 2023, which will see a pair of the league’s best players — the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum and the Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — on display. The point total in the game is set at 233.
How to bet Celtics vs. Thunder
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with sportsbooks listing the Celtics as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Celtics have -366 odds to pick up the win, while the Thunder are listed at +291 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 233 points.
Celtics vs. Thunder Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Tuesday, January 3, 2023
- Game Time: 8:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: NBCS
- Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Arena: Paycom Center
Celtics vs. Thunder Betting Trends
In the Celtics’ 37 games this year, they have 20 wins against the spread. Boston has won 24, or 68.6%, of the 35 contests in which it was the favorite this year. Celtics games this year have gone over the point total 55.6% of the time (20 out of 36 games with a set point total).
The Thunder are 21-15-0 against the spread this year. Oklahoma City has been the moneyline underdog 27 total times this season. OKC has finished 12-15 in those games. Thunder games this season have gone over the total in 19 of 36 opportunities (52.8%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
Celtics: Robert Williams: Questionable (Injury Management), Danilo Gallinari: Out (Knee)
Thunder: Aleksej Pokusevski: Out (Leg), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: Out (Ankle), Ousmane Dieng: Out (Wrist), Chet Holmgren: Out (Foot)
What you need to know about the Boston Celtics
Boston is ceding 112.4 points per game this season (13th-ranked in NBA), but it has really shined offensively, scoring 118.6 points per contest (best). Offensively the Celtics have fared better when playing at home this year, posting 122.6 points per game, compared to 114 per game on the road. The Celtics have seen a decrease in scoring lately, putting up 114.1 points per game in their last 10 contests, 4.5 points fewer than the 118.6 they’ve scored this year.
Boston is top-five this year in three-point shooting, ranking second-best in the league with 15.7 treys per game. Meanwhile, it ranks eighth with a 37.3% shooting percentage from three-point land. Of the shots attempted by the Celtics in 2022-23, 52.3% of them have been two-pointers (62.8% of the team’s made baskets) and 47.7% have been threes (37.2%).
What you need to know about the Oklahoma City Thunder
On offense Oklahoma City is the 10th-ranked squad in the NBA (115.2 points per game). On defense it is 25th (116.8 points allowed per game). The Thunder average 116.7 points per game at home, and 113.5 on the road. The Thunder are putting up 113.5 points per contest over their last 10 games, which is 1.7 fewer points than their average for the season (115.2).
At 11.6 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 34.6% from downtown, Oklahoma City is 17th and 17th in the league, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23, the Thunder have taken 63.9% percent of their shots from inside the arc, and 36.1% percent from beyond it. In terms of made shots, 72.8% of the Thunder’s baskets have been 2-pointers, and 27.2% have been 3-pointers.
Our prediction to win this contest is the Celtics, and we project that Thunder will cover the spread (Celtics -8.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 233 points.
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