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2023 NBA Handicapping – Celtics vs. Portland
(48-22) Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers (31-38)
Date: Friday, March 17
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Moneyline Odds: Celtics -175 | Trail Blazers +150 (Bet Now!)
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -4 | Trail Blazers +4
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First thing to remember, the road Celtics come into this one off a 104-102 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves—a game in which they entered as 4-point favorites and failed to cover for the second game in a row but also just the second game in their last five overall.
The home Trail Blazers come into this one off a 123-107 home loss to the New York Knicks, in which they entered as 3-point underdogs and failed to cover for the third time in their last five outings.
Without any further ado, let’s get to this Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers matchup.
*Editor’s Note: Statistics and ranCeltics are current during games on Thursday, March 16. Numbers may vary slightly entering games on Friday, March 17.
The Celtics are 37-33 overall against the spread on the season, 18-17 ATS as the away team and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 overall.
Additionally, the Trail Blazers are 34-35 against the spread on the season, 17-16 ATS as the home team and 4-6 ATS in their last 10 overall.
So far, these teams have faced off once during the 2022-23 regular season.
- Wednesday, March 8 @ Boston: Celtics 115 – Trail Blazers 93
Friday marks the second and final meeting between these two squads.
Overall, the Celtics enter this one scoring 117.5 points per game—a number that ranks 4th in the league.
When looking at the advanced stats, the Celtics score 115.2 points per 100 possessions. That number puts them in the No. 4 spot so far this season.
Overall, defensively, this team is allowing 112.2 points per game. That number ranks 8th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 109.4 per 100 possessions—a number that also ranks 4th across the league.
Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
To summarize the injury report…
- Robert Williams III, C (OUT—hamstring)
- Payton Pritchard, PG (OUT—heel)
- Danilo Gallinari, PF (OUT—knee)
Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers enter this one scoring 114.4 points per game—a number that ranks 15th across the NBA.
Also, when looking at the advanced stats, the Trail Blazers score 113.7 points per 100 possessions, putting them in the No. 7 spot so far this season.
Defensively, this team is allowing 115.9 points per game, which ranks 19th in the Association.
When looking at Defensive Efficiency, this group gives up 115 per 100 possessions, which ranks 27th.
Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers Injury Report
Summarizing the injury report…
- Jerami Grant, SF (Day-to-Day)
- Ibou Baddji, C (OUT—knee)
- Justise Winslow, PF (OUT—ankle)
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Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers Betting Trends:
- First, Celtics are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Also, Celtics are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- On the other hand, Trail Blazers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Additionally, Over is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Portland.
- Furthermore, Over is 6-1 in Celtics last 7 vs. a team with a losing straight up record.
- Finally, Over is 4-0 in Trail Blazers last 4 games following a straight up loss.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
ESPN.com’s Matchup Predictor favors the road Celtics in 61.3 percent of their simulations. But on this Friday in the Pacific Northwest, I’m picking the home underdogs.
Trail Blazers In Do-or-Die Mode
The Trail Blazers are at a crossroads where they might not even have to tank in order to get into the lottery. They’re just that mediocre at this point, but they have home-court advantage and a mostly healthy roster on their side, and this feels like a potential turning point.
If Portland can’t figure it out Friday, or at least over the next few games, you can likely count this team out of any postseason contention.
However, since the institution of the play-in tournament, there’s farr less incentive to tank and for more incentive to play it out until the end.
Boston is at no risk of making the postseason, which just might be enough for them to mail in a cross-country road trip against a desperate team led by the NBA’s third-leading scorer in Damian Lillard.
Give this one to the Blazers in a closer contest.
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