How the OKC Thunder beat Celtics if perimeter shot isn’t falling

OKC Thunder's Dennis Schroder #17 drives through the paint against Jayson Tatum #0. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKC Thunder's Dennis Schroder #17 drives through the paint against Jayson Tatum #0. (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Danilo Gallinari versus Jayson Tatum:

The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum is set to go up against Gallinari who is the third-highest scorer for the Thunder.

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Tatum is a well-deserved All-Star this year who averages 22.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. That is a career-high in these three categories.

He’s a sensational player who contributed heavily across the stat sheet when his team beat Atlanta. In that game, he recorded 32 points, six assists, four rebounds, and two blocks. Tatum also dropped seven 3-pointers.

It could be a 3-point exchange fest as Gallinari and Tatum matchup which makes for some entertaining basketball.

Steven Adams v Enes Kanter:

The Thunder faithful’s beloved Stache Bros will be reunited when they go head to head in the post. They created one of our favorite duos and it’s going to be exciting to see how they matchup.

Adams and Kanter are both talented and powerful players who relish the pick and roll as they can make pressing screens and dominate the boards.

Big Kiwi averages close to a double-double per game with 10.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Kanter averages 9.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. Where Adams has the advantage is his passing skills and helping to get his teammates the ball.

Odds:

Here’s the betting line for the game:

Game specifics:

The Venue: Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tipoff:  3:30 PM ET  | 2:30 PM CT

TV: FS Oklahoma

Radio: WWLS 98.1 FM OKC

History:

The teams have played each other 22 times in regular season history with the OKC Thunder holding a 12-10 advantage.

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Enjoy the game and check back after for player grades and takeaways.