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2021 NBA Handicapping
(35-28) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics (34 -30)
Date: Sunday, May 2nd
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Blazers +110 | Celtics -130
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -2.5
NBA Betting Total: 231.5
On Sunday, May 2nd the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics meet for the second and final time this season. In the first meeting between the clubs on April 13th, the Celtics came out victorious taking the match 116-115 in a nailbiter.
The Celtics hold the all-time record between the clubs with 79 in 117 meetings. Last season, the teams played twice with Boston sweeping the series.
Portland Trail Blazers
April wasn’t a kind month to the Blazers who suffered a five-game losing streak and posted a 6-10 record in the month saved by their three-game winning streak to end the month which they carry forward into May.
That mini winning streak has borne witness to the Blazers’ offense exploding for an average of 130.3 points per game including a 128-109 beatdown of the Nets on Friday.
All three games occurred on the road with this match their final of the trip. While the Blazers offense hasn’t been an issue regardless of who suits up their defense is the 29th ranked in the league.
If Portland intends on going deep in the postseason they’ll need to use their final nine games to make a concerted effort at improving that side of the hardwood.
Lillard joined a select few of nine players to register his 2,000th 3-pointer in his career. That occurred on the first game of the trip and he’s hit 11 more since hitting that mark.
In the beatdown of the Nets Lillard led the way with 28 points while Jusuf Nurkic posted a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Norman Powell (19), Carmelo Anthony (15), CJ McCollum (10), and Anfernee Simons (10) were the other double-figure contributors.
Although this season hasn’t gone according to plan for the Celtics, unlike the Blazers, April was very good to the guys from Beantown as they registered an 11-5 record including a five-game win streak.
Arguably their best win came in the last outing with an overtime thriller versus the Spurs in a match that witnessed Jayson Tatum go for 60 points. His effort matched a franchise-best and tied Larry Legend (Larry Bird) as the most by a Celtics player in a game.
Tatum has struggled at times this season which is a sign of him overcoming the effects of contracting COVID-19 and his recovery time is likely being used by other teams who are noting the same struggles with players returning from having the virus.
Marcus Smart served up a double-double of 10 points and 12 assists. Jaylen Brown offered 17 points while Aaron Nesmith scored 16 points and Robert Williams chipped in with 10 points.
Kemba Walker has missed the last three games with an oblique strain and is listed as doubtful to play on Sunday.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Celtics are 6-4 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Celtics are 5-4-1 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
The Blazers need to make a choice of doubling down on the red hot Tatum and taking their chances with Brown. As for the Celts, they need to decide the same and pick their poison as Norman Powell always had big efforts against them with his former team and McCollum is equally lethal.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Balzers +2.5
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