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(33-18) Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers (22-28)
Date: Thursday February 9
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: PK Odds
NBA Betting Total: 220.5
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The Portland Trail Blazers ended their two game losing streak after they beat the Dallas Mavericks in their last outing 114-113, while out in the Eastern Conference the Boston Celtics also came away victors in their last matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers (final score 107-103).
The Boston Celtics are now on a seven game winning streak after they beat the Los Angeles Clippers in their last outing. With the win Boston positioned themselves in the second seed of the Eastern Conference standings.
Now it’s just going to come down to holding that position if they want home court advantage come playoff time. But that’s only going to happen if Boston can continue playing the way they have been.
Earlier in the season they struggled with defensive rebounding issues. They’d do a great job stopping the opposition, but they just couldn’t close out possessions with defensive rebounds.
But now they’ve gotten better on that end, and it’s started to help the team get some wins, and a huge part of that has been the rebounding of their guards.
Avery Bradley leads the team averaging 6.9 rebounds a game, while Jae Crowder trails in third with 5.4, and Marcus Smart is behind him averaging 3.9 a night.
Since Boston doesn’t have the best rebounding big-men, they’ve had their guards start to focus more on cleaning up the glass. And now going up against Portland that’s going to be as important as ever.
Miles Plumlee, Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh all do a great job crashing the glass. So Boston’s got to do a good job boxing them out and rebounding, in order for them to earn the “W”.
Portland Trail Blazers
A clutch basket from C.J. McCollum with 0.03 seconds left on the clock put the Portland Trail Blazers ahead, and ultimately allowed them to come away with the win 114-113 over Dallas.
The Portland Trail Blazers led for most of the second half, but a scare in the final frame almost had Dallas come away with the win.
With six minutes left in the game the Mavericks started to put it on the Portland Trail Blazers. And a last second shot with 3 seconds left on the game clock almost had Dallas pull up the upset win over Portland.
But Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum just weren’t going to let that happen as Lillard pitched in 29 points, and McCollum led the team with 32.
However, a good thing came of it, and that’s a learning experience of what not to do in the closing minutes of a game. Portland was taught a valuable lesson, and that’s to never allow your opponents to get back into games.
They almost let Dallas do that, and it almost came back to hurt them in the end. So against Boston they need to remember that, and not allow it to happen again.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings in Portland.
- Celtics are 12-4-2 ATS in their last 18 road games.
- Celtics are 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
- Trail Blazers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Although Portland has been playing much better lately, I’d still take Boston to come out on top in this matchup.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Celtics PK
The team is really good on both ends of the floor, so because of that I’ll pick them to earn the “W” over the Portland Trail Blazers.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 112 – Portland 110
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