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Celtics host Trail Blazers in basketball action

Portland Trail Blazers Boston Celtics
6-2 November 15, 2013, 07:30 | TD Garden 4-5



Bettors will be looking to hit pay dirt on Friday when the Celtics try to run the Trail Blazers off the court at TD Garden in pro hoops action.

The Celtics bring a 4-5 record (6-3 ATS) to the battle against the 6-2 Trail Blazers, who are 5-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Boston go 3-6 so far and the Trail Blazers go 4-4. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Celtics installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup. The over-under number was listed by most sportsbooks, including Bovada, at 194.

The Celtics - Trail Blazers odds would favor the Celtics if the lines were set according to power ranks. Boston is rated No. 27 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Trail Blazers sit at No. 29. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 94-90 win for the Trail Blazers.

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Last time out for Portland, they were a 90-89 winner as they battled the Suns at home. The Trail Blazers failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite, while 179 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Trail Blazers grabbed a 90-89 win over the Suns on Wednesday, behind a 15-point effort from Thomas Robinson at Rose Garden.

The Celtics were an 89-83 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (172) made winners of UNDER bettors. The Celtics endured an 89-83 loss at the hands of the Bobcats on Wednesday, despite a 19-point effort from Jeff Green at TD Garden.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Boston's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 94.67 PPG, against a Trail Blazers defense that ranks No. 13 at 98.88 PPG. The Celtics field goal percentage has averaged 45.77% so far, more than the Trail Blazers shooters have achieved on the year, 45.59% per game.

A few Trail Blazers at Celtics trends to consider:
Portland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Portland is 7-13-1 ATS in its last 21 games
Portland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Portland is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games
Boston is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Boston's last 15 games
Boston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home


Next up:
Portland at Toronto, Sunday, November 17th
Boston at Minnesota, Saturday, November 16th