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NBA betting line favors Trail Blazers over Celtics

Boston CelticsPortland Trail Blazers
13-24January 11, 2014, 10:00 | Rose Garden27-9

NBA betting interest will be piqued on Saturday when the Celtics of Boston hit the hard court against the Trail Blazers of Portland.

The Trail Blazers bring a 27-9 record (21-15 ATS) to the battle against the 13-24 Celtics, who are 18-19 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Portland go 26-10 so far and the Celtics go 15-22. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

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Those backing the visitors in this one found the Celtics listed as 11.5-point underdogs earlier at Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for this game was set at 207.5 at BetOnline but may have moved since opening.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Trail Blazers rated this week at No. 2 and the Celtics sitting at No. 15. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction models that turned out a 99-91 result in favor of the Trail Blazers today.

In their last action, Boston was a 99-97 loser on the road against the Warriors. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (196) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Boston got 24 points and 11 rebounds from Jeff Green in a losing cause in a 99-97 loss to Golden State on Friday at Oracle Arena.

Portland was a 110-94 winner in its last match at home against the Magic. They covered the 12.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 204 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. LaMarcus Aldridge went off for 36 points and added 9 rebounds leading Portland to a 110-94 win over Orlando on Wednesday at Rose Garden.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Celtics rank No. 23 in the league with 41.97 per game. That compares with Portland’s No. 2 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Portland is the NBA’s No. 1-ranked team at 10.31 per game, while the Celtics rate No. 25 with 6.46 per contest.

Next up:
Boston home to Houston, Monday, January 13th
Portland home to Cleveland, Wednesday, January 15th