The Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder are two teams with very different expectations in 2022-23, and they’ll be meeting on November 14 at the T.D. Garden for their first of two matchups this season.
Boston is on a six-game win streak after a 3-2 start to the season and now sits in second place in the Eastern Conference with the second-best record in the Association behind the Milwaukee Bucks. This, of course, follows an NBA Finals series in which they nearly created a 3-1 lead for themselves before losing four straight to the Golden State Warriors.
Oklahoma City, on the other hand, is without 2022’s No. 2 overall NBA Draft pick, Chet Holmgren, for the entire current campaign and has practically no expectations beyond the development of prospects like Josh Giddey, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Aleksej Pokuševski, and budding star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
With that said, OKC is looking better than expected, having knocked off Atlantic Division teams (New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors) in their last two matchups. It feels worth mentioning that they were one of the teams that were beaten by the Detroit Pistons, though, and have a losing record at 6-7.
Can the Thunder shock the world and run their win streak to three? Or will the Boston Celtics take care of business as sportsbooks are tabbing them to? Hardwood Houdini has your odds and a prediction for Monday night between the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder on NBC Sports Boston, Bally Sports Southwest, and NBA League Pass (all odds provided by WynnBET):
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder odds, spread, over/under
According to WynnBet, the Celtics are an 11.5-point favorite against the Thunder at home. OKC is a road underdog at +450, with the Cs moneyline set at -600. The over/under for the game has been placed at 226.5 points.
Celtics vs. Thunder prediction
The Boston Celtics are favored pretty significantly against a team that just played at Madison Square Garden and will be on the second night of a back-to-back. It may not play out as Vegas foresees, but assuming the Thunder aren’t worn out from putting up 145 points in NYC Sunday, the over could be a continually safe play for a Boston team that just narrowly missed the total with Detroit on Saturday.
Pick: 226.5o (-110)
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