The Oklahoma City Thunder (11-2) and Boston Celtics (4-7) are set to face off against each other Monday night inside the TD Garden in Boston, MA.
Oklahoma City Thunder at Boston Celtics
Oklahoma City has won six consecutive games and will start a three-game road trip Monday night. The Thunder have also covered four straight games and gone ‘under’ the total in six of their last eight. “We are not a finished product, our guys aren’t complete either,” stated Thunder head coach Scott Brooks. “We have to work and figure out ways to improve the things we’ve done well.” With a record of 11-2 heading into tonight’s game, the franchise boasts the best record in the Western Conference. Oklahoma City is 10-2 ATS versus the Eastern Conference.
The Thunder have held each of their last six opponents to under 100 points scoring, which shows dramatic improvement from a year ago early on, as they surrendered 101.8 points per game through 13 games during the 2010-11 campaign. Oklahoma City tops the Western Conference with five road wins in games through Jan. 14, while the team registered a 25-16 road mark last year. Success against Eastern opponents is something this youthful roster takes pride in, winning both such games this year and going 22-8 a year ago.
Boston has certainly fallen off from its recent success and will look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Celtics are coming off a dismal 97-83 effort against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night, while the ‘under’ is 4-0-1 in their last five games. “One thing you can’t battle, you can’t fight, is age,” commented Pacers forward Danny Granger. “They all are Hall of Famers, but you get to a point where age catches up with you.” Offensively, the team hasn’t hit the century mark since a 100-92 win over the Washington Wizards on Jan 2. Boston is 11-4-1 ATS as a home underdog.
The Celtics are going through some tough times and Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau still believes his former team will get things together. “They’re a well-balanced team, they play great defense,” he stated after handing Boston an 88-79 home loss on Friday. Coming into the last game versus the Packers, the Celtics featured a starting five with everyone averaging double figures in scoring.
Bettors will likely play the ‘under’ do to it cashing in five of the last seven meetings between these teams.
Recommendation: Under 188
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