Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder Prediction, 3/21/2022 NBA Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Boston Celtics vs Oklahoma City Thunder
Date: Monday, March 21, 2022
Location: Paycom Center in Oklahoma City, OK
TV: Bally Sports OK
Paycom Center is the location where the Oklahoma City Thunder (20-50) will take on the Boston Celtics (43-28) on Monday.
The Celtics played the Kings and went home with a win by a final score of 126-97 in their last contest. Boston ended having earned a 56.1% FG percentage (46 out of 82) and buried 22 out of their 40 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Celtics buried 12 of their 17 shots for a rate of 70.6%. Pertaining to pulling down rebounds, they earned 43 with 6 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 33 dimes in the game in addition to forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and getting 11 steals. With respect to defense, Boston allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the field on 33 of 79 shooting. Sacramento earned 37 dimes and had 23 steals in this contest. Furthermore, Sacramento snagged 29 rebounds (8 offensive, 21 defensive) and got 1 block. Sacramento finished the contest at 75.0% at the free throw line by converting 18 of 24 shots. They converted 13 of 36 tries from downtown. With respect to fouls, the Celtics left the arena with 23 while the Kings recorded 16 fouls.
Jayson Tatum is one guy who was a contributor for this game. He ended up with 32 points on 12 out of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins played and collected 5 rebounds. Tatum shot 75.0% from the floor and dished out 4 assists.
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Boston heads into this one with a record of 43-28 on the campaign. They average 109.7 points per contest (16th in basketball) while hitting 45.7% from the floor. The Celtics are connecting on 34.7% on shots from distance (901 of 2,600) and 81.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Boston is snagging 46.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 1,710 dimes on the year, which is 16th in the league in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.7 times per game and as a squad they commit 18.5 fouls per game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Celtics are able to force 13.9 turnovers per game and they draw 19.2 personal fouls. They currently rank 1st in the NBA in giving up assists with 1,527 surrendered this season. The Celtics defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.0% (2,687 of 6,242) and they relinquish 44.3 boards per contest as a basketball team. They concede 33.6% on shots from distance while they are 1st in the NBA in PPG allowed (103.6).
The last time they took the court, the Thunder walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 120-108 when they faced the Heat. In relation to team rebounding, Oklahoma City permitted Miami to collect 35 in all (11 on the offensive glass). They shot 35.3% from distance by going 18 of 51 and ended up going 10 of 12 from the free throw line (83.3%). The Thunder permitted the Heat to convert 46 of their 95 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.4% for the contest. Overall, the Thunder went 40 out of 84 from the field which had them at 47.6%. When talking about shots from 3-point land, Oklahoma City converted 10 of their 34 attempts (29.4%). They were able to knock down 18 of them for a clip of 78.3%. The Heat committed 6 personal fouls in this game which got the Thunder to the free throw line for a total of 23 attempts. They also gave up possession of the ball 10 times, while earning 4 steals for this game. The Thunder snagged 36 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards totaling 47 in this contest.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ended up being a factor for the Thunder in the matchup. He converted 9 out of 17 for the game giving him a rate of 52.9%, and had 7 rebounds. Gilgeous-Alexander recorded 26 points in his 33 minutes on the court and accounted for 4 assists in the matchup.
Oklahoma City has a win-loss mark of 20-50 on the campaign. As an offensive team, the Thunder are shooting 42.6% from the floor, which ranks 30th in the league. Oklahoma City has accounted for 7,215 pts on the season (103.1 per game) and they snag 45.9 boards per game. They are dishing out assists 21.9 times per contest (29th in the league) and they turn the ball over 13.8 times per contest. The Thunder commit 18.2 fouls per game and they shoot 76.4% from the free throw line.
The Oklahoma City defense concedes 35.4% on 3-point attempts (958 of 2,709) and their opponents are connecting on 76.1% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 26.1 dimes and 48.7 rebounds every game, ranking them 28th and 30th in basketball. The Thunder on defense are ranked 15th in basketball in PPG allowed with 111.0. They are able to force 13.4 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 45.6% from the field (14th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Boston
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