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(48-23) Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers (44-27)
Date: Friday March 23
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 204
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Boston erased a six point lead with just over 23 seconds on the clock. Conversely, the Trail Blazers lost a heartbreaker to the west’s best squad with James Harden’s Rockets taking the game in the clutch.
Last season, the squads split the annual series and Boston took the initial meeting this year at home. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Trail Blazers in 66 of their 45 matches.
In one of the more crazy wins for the Celtics this season they came back to defeat the OKC Thunder to end their six game win streak. This victory came without Kyrie Irving, Marcus Smart or Jaylen Brown, so the effort by the youngsters can’t be overlooked.
That said, this game may have been lost more than won. Still, the W goes in the win column and Brad Stevens will be able to pull this evidence out as motivation whenever the Celts need inspiration.
News Kyrie Irving wants a second opinion on his knee is a little disconcerting, especially if he decides to have surgery and not postpone it until the offseason. Apparently the screws inserted due to the kneecap injury Irving suffered in the playoffs are at issue; causing him immense pain.
Ultimately the decision is up to Irving. In the interim Irving is getting ample rest with the second seed virtually cemented.
Of the Celtics injured players only Brown may make a return Friday.
Portland Trail Blazers
There is nothing for the Blazers to hang their heads over in losing to the Rockets. The loss to Houston ended a 13 game win streak for Portland. The fact it took 42 points and two late game treys from James Harden on the Blazers third game in four nights should ease the pain.
Five Blazers scored in double digits with uncharacteristically the top two scorers not being Damian Lillard (20) or CJ McCollum (8). Rather, Al-Farouq Aminu (22) and Jusuf Nurkic (21) led the way. Maurice Harkless (17 and Evan Turner (10) also chipped in.
In the end an off night from McCollum and 19 Rockets treys compared to 11 for Portland was the difference.
Other than CJ Wilcox the Blazers have no one expected to miss Friday’s match. +
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics are 27-10 ATS in their last 37 road games.
- Blazers are 19-7-3 ATS in their last 29 home games.
- Celtics are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
- Blazers are 34-16-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall.
Free Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers NBA Prediction:
Boston has a solid road record (23-10) and the top ranked NBA defense. However, the Blazers are home (25-12) have a better post break defense (3rd to Celts 5th) and are desirous of starting a new win streak.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers – 6.5
Portland will be fired up to start a new win streak versus the short handed Celtics and display their own defensive prowess.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Trail Blazers 107 – Celtics 99
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