Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics 11/20/2021 NBA Picks, Best Bets, Tips and Prediction
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics
Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
The Oklahoma City Thunder (6-8) are headed to TD Garden on Saturday where they will attempt to defeat the Boston Celtics (7-8).
The Thunder stepped onto the hardwood against the Rockets and notched a win by a score of 101-89 in their last contest. In regard to fouls, the Thunder ended up with 19 and the Rockets racked up 14 fouls. They also made 12 of 42 attempts from 3-point land. Houston finished 68.4% when shooting free throws by burying 13 of their 19 shots. In addition, Houston collected 37 rebounds (9 offensive, 28 defensive) and had 6 blocks. Houston doled out 46 assists and had 16 steals in this contest. With respect to defending, Oklahoma City allowed 35.6% from the field on 32 of 90 shooting. They also distributed 18 assists in the game as well as forcing the opposition into 4 turnovers and earning 10 steals. In reference to grabbing boards, they compiled 56 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. From the free throw line, the Thunder made 9 of 16 tries for a percentage of 56.3%. Oklahoma City walked away from the contest having earned a 44.6% FG percentage (41 of 92) and made 10 of their 39 shots from distance.
Luguentz Dort is one guy who played a role in this contest. He ended up finishing with 34 points on 14 of 22 shooting. He was on the court for 37 minutes played and grabbed 8 boards. Dort finished shooting 63.6% from the floor and also earned 2 dimes.
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Oklahoma City heads into this one with a win-loss record of 6-8 so far this year. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.3 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 17.1 fouls per game. As a unit, Oklahoma City is snagging 47.7 rebounds per game and has tallied 280 dimes on the year, which is 30th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. The Thunder are hitting 30.5% on three-point attempts (161 of 528) and 74.2% from the charity stripe. They average 98.8 points per contest (29th in the league) while going 41.3% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Thunder are forcing their opponents into 14.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.3 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 35.3% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 13th in the NBA in PPG allowed (105.9). The Thunder defense is allowing a shooting percentage of 43.2% (550 of 1,273) and they concede 48.3 rebounds per contest as a unit. They are currently ranked 17th in the league in allowing assists to their opponents with 343 surrendered this year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Celtics took a loss by a score of 110-99 when they faced the Hawks. When discussing how they attacked the glass, Boston permitted Atlanta to snag 34 in total (6 on the offensive glass). They went 35.1% from 3-point land by going 13 out of 37 and ended up shooting 15 out of 18 at the free throw line (83.3%). The Celtics allowed the Hawks to knock down 41 of 81 attempts from the field which had them shooting 50.6% for the contest. Overall, the Celtics went 37 for 84 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the perimeter, Boston buried 11 of 41 attempts (26.8%). They were able to bury 14 of them for a rate of 82.4%. The Hawks committed 11 fouls in this contest which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 17 tries. They also coughed up the ball 14 times, while earning 9 steals for the game. The Celtics collected 30 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 42 in the matchup.
Jayson Tatum was important for the Celtics for this contest. He knocked down 12 out of 22 in the matchup for a rate of 54.5%, and had 9 rebounds. Tatum racked up 34 points in his 38 mins on the hardwood and earned 5 dimes for this contest.
Boston has a win-loss record of 7-8 on the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Celtics are shooting 43.9% from the field, which is 23rd in basketball. Boston has scored 1,600 points on the campaign (106.7 per game) and they collect 45.8 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 22.6 times per game (21st in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per contest. The Celtics are committing 18.7 personal fouls every game and they go 79.4% from the charity stripe.
The Celtics on defense are ranked 14th in the NBA in PPG given up with 106.4. They are forcing 15.3 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the floor (11th in the NBA). The Boston defense allows 33.0% on shots from beyond the arc (184 of 558) and their opposition makes 79.5% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 21.3 assists and 46.5 boards per game, which ranks 4th and 19th in the league.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Boston
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