Bet Celtics to cover vs. Thunder in your NBA Picks

Jeff Grant

Friday, January 24, 2014 2:22 PM GMT

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant has gone on a scoring spree recently, as he prepares to take on the Boston Celtics Friday night. Let’s take a closer look at the pro basketball odds for this non-conference affair at the TD Garden, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Streaking

Oklahoma City is 5-0 SUATS over its last five games, as it comes off a 111-105 victory over the San Antonio Spurs as 6.5-point road underdogs Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total of 205.

The Thunder are playing their first game against a Eastern Conference opponent since Jan. 11, as they look to improve upon their 14-7 SU record away from Chesapeake Energy Arena.

NBA handicappers will find that the franchise is 13-4 SU and 7-10 ATS when playing a team with a losing record this season.

Trying to put something together

Boston will attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 13-16, as it picked up a 113-111 overtime road victory over the Washington Wizards Wednesday. They also went OVER the betting total of 191.5 that online sportsbooks had set.

The Celtics are 9-12 SU at this venue, including a 3-6 mark versus Western Conference foes.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the team is 22-12 SU and 17-16-1 ATS off an upset win as an underdog.

Durantula

The Thunder are going to receive a good amount of the wagering action in this matchup, considering forward Kevin Durant is averaging 38.1 points over his last 11 games.

It’s important to point out that Durant has reached the 30-point plateau in his last five games in this series. He leads the NBA in averaging 31.0 points a contest.

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Injuries abound

The Celtics played their last game without the services of guards Jerryd Bayless, Avery Bradley and Rajon Rondo.

Rondo is the only one of those three players expected back on the floor, as he simply sat out due to the team playing the second game of a back-to-back situation.

Prediction

For our NBA picks I’m going to recommend that readers back the Celtics, as the Thunder are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 trips to Boston.

NBA Pick: Boston Celtics +7

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