Thunder take on the Celtics on a 9-game slide
Boston Celtics (44-28, fourth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (20-51, 14th in the Western Conference)
Oklahoma City; Monday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Thunder -13.5; plus/minus is 216.5
BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma City is looking to snap its nine-game losing streak when the Thunder take on Boston.
The Thunder went 9-26 at home. Oklahoma City is fourth in the Western Conference with 35.4 defensive rebounds per game led by Josh Giddey averaging 6.0.
The Celtics are 20-16 on the road. Boston is 3-8 in games decided by 3 or fewer runs.
The two teams are meeting for the second time this season. The Celtics beat the Thunder 111-105 when they last met on November 21. Jayson Tatum led the Celtics with 33 points and Luguentz Dort led the Thunder with 16 points.
TOP PERFORMERS: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is scoring 24.4 points per game with 5.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists for the Thunder. Darius Bazley is averaging 16 points and 5.2 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s last 10 games.
Tatum is averaging 26.9 points per game and averaging 8.2 rebounds for the Celtics. Payton Pritchard is averaging 2.1 3-pointers over Boston’s last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Thunder: 1-9, averaged 108.7 points, 44.8 rebounds, 23.3 assists, 8.7 steals and 4.8 blocks per game while shooting 44.7% from the field . Their opponents are averaging 122.6 points per game.
Celtics: 8-2, averaged 114.1 points, 44.8 rebounds, 26.4 assists, 6.9 steals and 5.6 blocks per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Their opponents average 104.1 points.
INJURIES: Thunder: Josh Giddey: out (hip), Ty Jerome: out for the season (hip), Kenrich Williams: out (knee), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: out (ankle), Jeremiah Robinson-Earl: out (foot) , Derrick Favors: out (back), Mike Muscala: out for the season (ankle), Luguentz Dort: out for the season (shoulder).
Celtics: Aaron Nesmith: out (ankle).