2019-20 NBA – Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder Preview & Pick

THE FACTS

When is Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder taking place? Sunday 9th February, 2020 – 20:30 (UK)

Where is Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder taking place? Chesapeake Energy Arena

What channel is Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder on? Fox Sports Oklahoma, NBC Boston, NBA TV

Where can I stream Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder? If the game is televised on Sky Sports, subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go / NBA League Pass subscribers can stream every game live on the online service, Fox Sports GO, NBC Sports App

Where can I get tickets for Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder? https://nbatickets.nba.com/

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Boston Celtics 134 – 129 Oklahoma City Thunder

THE TEAM NEWS

BOSTON CELTICS

  • The Celtics enter this game on the heels of a 112-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks and that result extended their winning run to six games, while posting an impressive 9-1 mark over their last 10 contests. They currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 36-15 mark.
  • Star forward Gordon Hayward has been listed as questionable due to a foot injury while both Daniel Theis and Jaylen Brown have received that label due to nagging ankle problems. All three will be game-time decisions, while Robert Williams is out until after the All-Star Break.
  • Jayson Tatum should be Boston’s player to watch here. He has topped the 30-point mark in each of his last two outings and the star forward is averaging 27.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists as the team’s go-to guy on offense during their last five contests.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

  • The Thunder have undoubtedly been the league’s biggest surprise when it comes to teams overachieving their pre-season expectations. Oklahoma City are coming off a 108-101 win over the Detroit Pistons and have won their last four contests. As a result, they sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a 32-20 record.
  • Oklahoma City should be close to full strength as they don’t have any regular members of the rotation sidelined. Their lone absentee will be defensive specialist Andre Roberson who is dealing with a knee injury and will remain out until after the All-Star Break.
  • Keep an eye on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. The second-year guard has topped the 20-point mark in each of his last two outings and while he’s not filling out the stat sheet as he did earlier this season, he is still one of the league’s most productive guards. He is averaging 19.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest in 19 games since the start of January.

THE PREDICTION

Undoubtedly, these have been two of the league’s hottest teams over the last few weeks. The Celtics are riding a longer winning streak, but the Thunder are at home where they have gone 4-1 during their last five contests. If we compare both squads, however, then it’s clear the Celtics should get an edge both on the personnel and the recent form. Plus, Boston have won their last four matches against the Thunder. That should be enough to list them as favourites, although it’s clear this is going to be a back-and-forth game. For what it is worth, only one of those four games have seen over 200.5 total points scored.

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