Trail Blazers host Celtics in basketball action
Boston Celtics vs Portland Trail Blazers Odds
The Portland Trail Blazers host Boston on Sunday, looking to build on their 25-30 mark against the 29-26 Celtics in NBA action at Rose Garden.
Supporters of the Celtics have seen them go 29-26 and 24-28-3 ATS so far this season, while the Trail Blazers are at 25-30 and 23-30-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). In totals betting, the Trail Blazers are 29-26, while the Celtics are 27-27-1.
The visitors opened this morning as 1-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 191 at BetOnline and other shops.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Trail Blazers at No. 24 and the Celtics at No. 17 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 97-94 result in favor of the Celtics.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Portland's No. 17-ranked offense, averaging 96.9 PPG, against a Celtics defense that ranks No. 9 at 96 PPG. The Trail Blazers field goal percentage has averaged 44.2% so far, less than the Celtics shooters have achieved on the year, 45.9% per game.
In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Celtics own the league's No. 14-rated mark, allowing 99.4 points per game when playing on the road. Portland, on the other hand, rates No. 14 in scoring on their home court.
In their last action, Boston was a 113-88 winner on the road against the Suns. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (201) was profitable news for OVER bettors. Boston cruised to victory on Friday, running Phoenix out of the gym and running up a 113-88 score at US Airways Center.
Portland lost its last outing, a 111-107 result against the Lakers on February 22. The Trail Blazers covered in that game as a 9-point underdog, while the 218 combined points took the game OVER the total. Portland got 22 points and 11 rebounds from J.J. Hickson in a losing cause in a 111-107 loss to Los Angeles on Friday at STAPLES Center.
Boston Celtics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Utah are 10-0
After playing Phoenix are 10-0
After a win are 7-3
Portland Trail Blazers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Denver are 7-3
After playing LA Lakers are 8-2
After a loss are 3-7
A few Celtics at Trail Blazers trends to consider:
Boston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Portland
Boston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Portland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Boston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Portland
Boston is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Portland's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games when playing at home against Boston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Portland's last 5 games at home
Portland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Boston at Utah, Monday, February 25
Portland home to Denver, Wednesday, February 27