NBA lines expectations are always high for the Boston Celtics as they again look like a leading contender and favorite with the NBA betting odds in the Eastern Conference.
The up and coming Oklahoma City Thunder will hit the road to meet the veteran contending Boston Celtics with a telecast on ESPN for Friday night set for 7 PM Eastern. Be sure and open your account at Sports-Gambling for the side and total odds on this big interconference showdown.
The Oklahoma City Thunder had a solid start to the basketball sports betting season with 6 wins in their first 10 games although they had bad board value with just 3 payouts in those first 10 games. Oklahoma City went over the total 9 out of 10 times to start the 2010-11 campaign.
This matchup at Boston is the first of two on the road for the Thunder as they will play at Milwaukee on Saturday night. Oklahoma City ranked 8th in the NBA for scoring offense and 26th for scoring defense.
Any discussion about the Thunder begins with Kevin Durant who led OKC with 28.4 points per game to begin the season after making his splash as a bona fide super star last year.
The Boston Celtics had a basketball betting online record of 8-2 straight up and 6-4 against the spread with 6 of their games going under the total. Boston was not a good board value at home however as they were just 1-3 against the spread with 3 of the games going over the total.
Boston ranked in the middle of the NBA pack at 15th for scoring offense while ranking a solid 7th for defense. The Celtics won 7 out of 8 games from October 29 through November 13 with 6 of the games going over the total. The Celtics have much more depth and experience than the Thunder, who are very reliant on Durant.
Paul Pierce led Boston with 21.0 points per game while assist machine Rajon Rondo had 15.1 per game as he was looking to take the crown away from Phoenix’s Steve Nash. Kevin Garnett was the leading rebounder with 10.4 per game and proved to be a key asset with the NBA lines.