Thunder vs. Celtics NBA Preview (4/3/24): Odds, Lineups, Prediction, & Injuries

Written By Editorial Team on April 3, 2024
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Thunder vs. Celtics

The Oklahoma City Thunder are scheduled to play against the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m. The game will take place at TD Garden in Boston, MA, and will be broadcast on ESPN. The point spread of -8.5 in favor of the Celtics and an Over/Under of 231.5. Find Thunder vs. Celtics odds, lineups, and predictions for April 3, 2024.

Thunder vs. Celtics pregame odds for Wednesday night

With numerous injuries to the Thunder, they find themselves as +8.5 underdogs against the Celtics tonight. Keep an eye on Shae Gilgeous-Alexander’s status tonight, as NBA betting odds will shift if he is going to play. The total is set at 231.5 on most Massachusetts sportsbooks.

  • DraftKings: Celtics -8.5, over/under 231.5
  • FanDuel: Celtics -8.5, over/under 231.5
  • Caesars: Celtics -8, over/under 232.0
  • BetMGM: Celtics -8.5, over/under 231.5

Odds are subject to change and may vary between sportsbooks for the Thunder vs Celtics. 

Thunder vs. Celtics prediction 4/3/24

Injuries are going to play a big factor in tonight’s game. It seems like Jaylin Williams will be out, while Shai Gilgous Alexander is a game-time decision. If SGA is ruled out, the Celtics -8.5 spread is in play here. Since the All-Star Break, the Celtics are first in offense and fourth in defense.

Porzingis is a big mismatch for OKC’s interior defense, and three-point shooting will be key for Boston. Oklahoma City ranks 22nd in opposing 3PM and no team takes more threes than Boston. With two key offensive players possibly out for the Thunder, offensively, they will struggle against Boston’s defense.

Thunder vs. Celtics prediction: Celtics -8.5

Thunder vs. Celtics projected starting lineups

Thunder starting lineup tonight

PG: Cason Wallace
SG: Josh Giddey
SF: Luguentz Dort
PF: Kenrich Williams
C: Chet Holmgren

Celtics starting lineup tonight

PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Derrick White
SF: Jaylen Brown
PF: Jayson Tatum
C: Kristaps Porzingis

Projected lineups and injuries are pulled from

Thunder vs. Celtics injuries for tonight’s game

Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG) is questionable tonight with a quad injury that has been lingering of late. Jalen Williams (SF) is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Celtics: Jaylen Brown (SG) is questionable with a hand injury. Jaden Springer (SG) also questionable due to knee tendinopathy.

Team standings and stats for tonight’s NBA game

Oklahoma City Thunder Team Stats

The Oklahoma City Thunder, with a record of 52-23, stand third in the Western Conference. Despite a recent loss to the 76ers. The Thunder have been one of the top teams on both sides of the ball this season. Their season stats follow:

  • PPG: 120.2
  • Points Allowed: 113.0
  • Rebounds: 41.9
  • Assists: 27.0
  • FG%: 49.9
  • 3PT%: 39.0

Boston Celtics Team Stats

The Boston Celtics, leading the Eastern Conference with a record of 59-16, are a top title contender this season. Their performance is highlighted by a recent victory against the Hornets, 118-104. Boston showcases being the top team in the league, highlighted by the Celtics odds putting them as the favorite to win the NBA Finals. Here are Boston’s season averages:

  • PPG: 120.8
  • Points Allowed: 109.4
  • Rebounds: 46.5
  • Assists: 26.7
  • FG%: 48.6
  • 3PT%: 38.9

Player Stats for Thunder vs. Celtics for April 3

Both these teams are sitting in cruise control for a top spot in their respective conference. Oklahoma City is battling injuries, while Boston plays injury management down the stretch.

Oklahoma City leaders before tonight’s game

Oklahoma City Thunder saw the return of Joel Embiid last night and lost 109-105. Chet Holmgren carried the workload with SGA out.

  • Chet Holmgren (C): 22 PTS, 7 RBS, 1 AST
  • Luguentz Dort (SF): 15 PTS, 8 RBS, 3 ASTS
  • Aaron Wiggins (SG): 15 PTS, 4 RBS, 1 AST
  • Isaiah Joe (SG): 14 PTS, 4 RBS, 7 ASTS
  • Jaylin Williams (PF): 6 PTS, 6 RBS, 12 ASTS

The Thunder’s season stats showcase their young talent, but will need to rotate tonight due to injuries.

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (PG): 30.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 6.3 APG
  • Chet Holmgren (C): 16.7 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 2.5 APG
  • Jalen Williams (SG): 19.5 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 4.6 APG
  • Josh Giddey (SF): 12.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.6 APG
  • Luguentz Dort (SG): 10.6 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 1.4 APG

Boston Celtics leaders before tonight’s game

Boston had an easy win over the Hornets, led by a quick double-double from Jayson Tatum and 20 points from Kristaps Porzingis.

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 25 PTS, 10 RBS, 4 ASTS
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20 PTS, 7 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Sam Hauser (SF): 25 PTS, 5 RBS
  • Derrick White (SG): 19 PTS, 9 RBS, 5 ASTS
  • Al Horford (C): 15 PTS, 5 RBS, 3 ASTS

When clicking, Boston is one of the most dangerous offenses in the league behind three 20+ point scorers on the season:

  • Jayson Tatum (SF): 27.2 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 4.9 APG
  • Jaylen Brown (SG): 23.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 3.6 APG
  • Kristaps Porzingis (C): 20.2 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.0 APG
  • Derrick White (SG): 15.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 5.2 APG
  • Jrue Holiday (PG): 12.6 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 4.9 APG
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