Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics - 7/24/20 NBA Pick and Prediction
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Celtics vs. Thunder
NBA Basketball: Friday, July 24th at 5:00 PM ET
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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics face off in an exhibition game on Friday inside the NBA’s bubble in Orlando. The Thunder and the Bucks have played two games so far this year and the Bucks won each of the two games.
The Oklahoma City Thunder comes into this game with a 40-24 record which is good enough for fifth place in the Western Conference. The good news for the Oklahoma City Thunder is they are mostly healthy coming into this game. The good news for the Thunder is it appears that Andre Roberson could play in this game. Even though his stats might not flash, this is a player that seems to hold everything together for this team.
Overall this season the Thunder is averaging 110.8 points per game while giving up 108,3 points per game.In the five games before the shutdown, the offense was struggling a bit averaging only 105 points per game. In this game the expectation is that most everyone will play, which means Chris Paul needs to have a good game. If Paul can have a good game, the Thunder should be in good shape to be at least be competitive.
On the other side of this matchup is the Boston Celtics who currently sit in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics are averaging 113 points per game while giving up 106.8 points per game. Over the last five games they were giving up 110 points per game, and they need the defense to be better going forward.
Kemba Walker has been practicing heading into this game but it doesn’t look like he will play in this game. That is a big loss for the Celtics as he is averaging 21.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. Without Walker, it’s probably going to be a lot of playing time for Brad Wanamaker which could actually end up being a good thing for the Celtics.
Without Walker, the Celtics are going to struggle and that will be the difference in this game. Look for the Thunder to get the job done in this game.