Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics Prediction, 4/27/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Location: TD Garden in Boston, MA
TV: NBC Sports Boston
Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma City (+13)
The Oklahoma City Thunder (20-40) go to TD Garden on Tuesday where they'll take on the Boston Celtics (32-29). Boston opens this contest as 13-point favorites. The total has been set at 219.5.
The Oklahoma City Thunder stepped onto the hardwood against the Washington Wizards and ended up losing by a score of 129-109 in their last game. Oklahoma City ended the contest with a 41.9% FG percentage (39 out of 93) and made 10 out of their 33 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Thunder knocked down 21 of their 25 attempts for a rate of 84.0%. When talking about rebounding, they earned 40 with 14 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 18 dimes in this game in addition to creating 20 turnovers and having 12 steals. In reference to defending, Oklahoma City allowed 51.6% from the floor on 48 out of 93 shooting. Washington earned 25 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Additionally, Washington grabbed 50 rebounds (12 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Washington ended up going 93.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 15 of their 16 attempts. They made 18 out of their 32 attempts from downtown.
Darius Bazley is one player who was a major contributor in this matchup. He accounted for 20 points on 6 out of 12 shooting. He played for 32:21 minutes and also grabbed 6 boards. Bazley shot 50.0% from the field but finished the game without a dime. One more player that had an impact in this contest for the Thunder was Theo Maledon. He totaled 2 rebounds in 31:06 minutes played. He finished 45.5% from the field in this game by going 5-of-11 (20 points). When this game wrapped up, Maledon had 8 assists.
Oklahoma City comes into this contest with a mark of 20-40 so far this year. They turn the ball over 16.0 times per contest and as a team are committing 18.2 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Oklahoma City is grabbing 45.5 rebounds per game and has tallied 1,337 assists so far this year, which ranks 26th in the NBA in terms of passing the ball. The Thunder are connecting on 34.6% on three-point attempts (742 of 2,145) and 73.2% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 105.6 pts per game (28th in the league) while hitting 44.4% from the floor. Defensively, the Thunder are forcing 13.0 turnovers per game while drawing 18.4 personal fouls. They are 20th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,524 surrendered so far this year. The Thunder defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 46.9% (777 of 1,102) and they surrender 47.2 boards per game as a group. They are giving up 36.1% on 3-pointers and they rank 24th in basketball in PPG allowed (114.7).
For their last game, the Boston Celtics took a loss by a score of 125-104 against the Charlotte Hornets. The Celtics were able to corral 30 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds totaling 41 in the matchup. They turned it over 13 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Hornets earned 21 fouls in this contest which got the Celtics to the charity stripe for 26 attempts. They were able to convert 22 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.6%. In reference to shots from beyond the perimeter, Boston buried 14 of 41 tries (34.1%). Overall, the Celtics went 34 out of 88 from the field which had them shooting 38.6%. The Celtics allowed the Hornets to convert 47 of their 93 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.5% for the contest. They went 48.8% from beyond the arc by going 21 of 43 and finished the game at 10 out of 11 at the free throw line (90.9%). Concerning how they rebounded, Boston allowed Charlotte to pull down 46 in total (10 offensive).
Jaylen Brown was important for the Celtics in this matchup. He knocked down 8 of 22 in this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 36.4%, and accounted for 8 rebounds. Brown scored 20 points in his 34:50 mins on the court and added 2 assists for the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Boston was Kemba Walker. He left the arena with 4 dimes in 29:29 mins on the court, and he shot 7 out of 17 from the floor. Walker ended the game having shot 41.2% from the floor while also totaling 20 points and 6 total rebounds.
Boston has a mark of 32-29 on the year. The Celtics are committing 20.1 fouls per game and they shoot 77.6% from the free throw line. They are assisting teammates 23.2 times per game (23rd in the NBA) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per contest. Boston has scored 6,826 points this season (111.9 per contest) and they average 44.3 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Celtics are connecting on 46.7% from the field, which ranks them 15th in the league. The Celtics on the defensive side of the court are 9th in basketball in points given up per game with 110.2. They have relinquished 24.0 assists and 42.2 rebounds per contest, which has them ranked 7th and 6th in the league. The Boston defense allows 37.0% on 3-point attempts (787 of 2,128) and opponents are making 78.0% of their foul shots. They are forcing 14.1 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 46.3% from the floor (11th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oklahoma City (+13)
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