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Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers Prediction And Betting Odds

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Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers: BETTING TIPS, PREDICTION & BETTING ODDS

Just a game after beating the Phoenix Suns on the road and covering as 6.5 point favorites, the Boston Celtics are once again heavy favorites against a sub-par Portland team. Quite a few names have appeared on the injury report prior to this game for head coach Joe Mazzulla, including Derrick White, Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday and Jayson Tatum. I don’t think all 4 of them will sit this one out, but even if that does happen the Celtics are still well equipped with Jaylen Brown and the reserves to take care of business here if necessary. The Celtics are 12-2 SU in their last 14 games and 9-2 SU in their last 11 on the road. They’ve beaten Portland 6 times in the last 8 contests, covering the spread in 4 of the last 6 meetings.

Portland has been coasting through the regular season with not much going on for quite some time now. They’ve been stuck in the bottom 3 of the Western Conference for basically the entire season, so winning this game wouldn’t mean much for them. In fact, I would argue at this point of the season they’d be better off losing as many games as possible in order to get a higher chance of the number one pick in next season’s draft. They just beat the Toronto Raptors 128-118 in OT, which is impressive considering they were playing their 2nd game in two nights. With only one day to rest before taking on the best team in the NBA, it could be a struggle to keep this game close. Portland has just 1 victory in 10 home games.

Celtics Point Spread Prediction

Celtics -7.5 Point Spread is available at -110 odds

Anything other than a convincing Celtics win here would qualify as an upset. Boston is a well oiled machine, regardless of player availability. In the 52 point win over the Warriors 10 days ago, role players like Sam Hauser, Luke Kornet and Payton Pritchard all excelled. I am not worried at all if those players get extended minutes here. Back Boston to cover.

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Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers Total Points Prediction: Over 216.5

Over 216.5 Total Points is available at -110 odds

It’s not often we get this modest of a projected total for a Boston Celtics game, at just 216.5 points. On one hand I can understand why, the Blazers are bottom in most offensive categories this season, but the Celtics have been flat out dominant posting historic number on that end. With a 121.3 offensive rating, they’ve led the NBA for pretty much the last couple of months scoring wise. Defensively, the Blazers allow 116.7 points per 100 possessions which ranks them only 21st in the NBA. Over their last 4 games they’ve allowed an average of 122 points per game, even a shorthanded Celtics team should be able to reach that number here I think. The over has cashed in 5 of 6 for Portland and in 7 of the last 8 against the Celtics at Moda Center. Over the last 10 meetings head-to-head we’re seeing an average of 226 points per game, with the over cashing 7 times. I’m backing the points in this one.

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