NBA: Celtics visit Trail Blazers
Boston travels to Portland on Thursday, hoping to boost its 34-10 mark with a victory over the Trail Blazers.
This season the Trail Blazers are 25-21 overall and 22-21-3 ATS against the number, while the Celtics are 34-10 and 21-21-2 ATS. As for the totals, Portland is 22-23-1 on the OU, and Boston is 24-20.
Sportsbooks have set the Trail Blazers as 4-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. The total was listed at 187, but may be on the move.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Trail Blazers rated this week at #17 and the Celtics sitting at #7. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 103-96 result in favor of the Celtics today.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Portland's #21-rated squad against Boston's #30-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Portland rates #16 in the league with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank #20 with 5.6 per outing.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's #1-rated mark, allowing 90.3 points per game when on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates #22 in home scoring.
Boston won its last outing, a 112-95 result against the Cavaliers on January 25. The Celtics covered in that game as a 16.5-point favorite, while the 207 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Celtics grabbed a 112-95 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday, behind a 24-point effort from Paul Pierce at TD Garden.
Portland was a 96-81 loser in its last match at home against the Kings. They failed to cover the 7.5–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 177 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Portland got 21 points from Wesley Matthews but lost anyway 96-81 against the Kings on Monday at Rose Garden.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Phoenix are 3-7
After playing Cleveland are 8-2
After a win are 7-3
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing San Antonio are 4-6
After playing Sacramento are 9-1
After a loss are 6-4
A few Celtics at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
Boston is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Portland
Boston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Boston's last 6 games on the road
Boston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Portland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Portland's last 7 games when playing at home against Boston
Portland is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Boston at Phoenix, Friday, January 28
Portland home to San Antonio, Tuesday, February 1