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(29-23) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics (38-15)
Date: Sunday February 4
Time:12:00 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2
NBA Betting Total: 202
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Despite arriving in Toronto before the Raptors returned from Washington the Portland Trail Blazers looked like the wearier team allowing the Raptors to score 19 triples and score 130 points in the loss. Meanwhile, the Celtics took care of business versus the Hawks with an easy victory.
The past three seasons the teams have split their season series and this meeting is their first of 2017-18. The Celtics hold the all-time record having bested the Blazers in 65 of their 110 matches.
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Seven NBA teams have winning road records of which the Blazers are one (14-13). The key for those victories however lies in the squad’s defense and in particular how many points they allow the opponent to score.
To wit, as road teams when the Blazers hold opponents under 100 points they are 10-1. The Blazers are also very good at beating the teams they should boasting a 16-3 record versus sub .500 teams. Conversely, their record versus teams over .500 is 12-20.
Stopping one or both of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum is virtually impossible as both are smooth, versatile scorers. The key is limiting their teammates and managing the backcourt as best as possible.
After losing five of six games the Celtics have won three in a row (Nuggets, Knicks, Hawks). Despite the Celtics top ranked defense they’ve been struggling to score.
Danny Ainge chose to add depth to his squad without having to trade a player or draft pick to nab Greg Monroe. Ainge accomplished this by virtue of having more money to offer Monroe.
Monroe’s arrival is convenient timing given the current list of Celtics on the injured list injuries as well as the Blazers and Raptors in queue.
Kyrie Irving (quad) missed the past two games with a quad contusion, though some felt he was held out to rest in preparation for this game and the Raptors Tuesday match. In spite of this assumption his participation is uncertain.
Marcus Morris (hip) missed the last game and Shane Larkin (knee) missed the last three and both are questionable for Sunday.
Marcus Smart (lacerated hand) remains out until mid February.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Celtics is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Over is 7-3 in Blazers last 10 road games.
- Blazers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Blazers are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
- The teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings.
- Over-under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction: PDX ATS
This game will all depend on whether Kyrie Irving plays. After getting spanked by the Raptors the Blazers will be keen to get back on track. Similarly, the Celtics want to maintain their top seed.
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Everything depends on Irving. If he plays the game should be tightly contested. If not, the Blazers have the edge. For the purpose of this pick, I’m assuming Irving plays, but is rusty leading to the Celtics scoring less than 100 resulting in the Blazers win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Portland 102 – 98
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