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2020 NBA Handicapping (Orlando Restart)
(30-37) Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics (43-22)
Date: Sunday, August 2nd, 2020
Time: 3:30PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – The Arena | ESPN Complex)
NBA Moneyline Odds: Blazers +160 | Celtics -170
NBA Betting Odds: Blazers +4 | Celtics -4
NBA Betting Total: 230.5
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On Friday playing in their first of eight seeded games, Portland came back on the Memphis Grizzlies to capture victory in overtime while the Boston Celtics were in a dogfight against the top team in the NBA eventually succumbing to the Milwaukee Bucks.
This is the second meeting between the clubs this season with the Celtics winning the first match although the Blazers won both meetings last season.
Portland Trail Blazers
With their 140-135 overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, the Blazers have cut the lead between them to 2.5 games. Portland is keen to capture the ninth seed in order to force the play-in tournament.
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The Blazers are a different squad in the Disney bubble having a healthy Jusuf Nuric and Zach Collins back in the fold. Nurkic played for the first time since suffering his leg injury and the team immediately felt his presence.
Nurkic came one rebound short of a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds chipping in five assists. However, it was his defense that made an impact as he delivered a career-high six blocks.
For his part, Collins produced seven points, nine rebounds, and three assists.
Damian Lillard who is nursing inflammation on his foot played through the injury posting 29 points, nine assists, and five rebounds while his backcourt partner CJ McCollum scored 33 points and added six assists.
Carmelo Anthony delivered timely buckets en route to his 21 points and seven rebounds.
A tough loss by the Celtics and a victory by the Raptors over the Lakers push Boston to four games behind second place. The Celtics also need to worry about the Heat who pulled within 1.5 games of Boston after Miami pummeled the Nuggets on Saturday.
Although Jayson Tatum was the hottest young player in the league when the suspension stopped play his first game back wasn’t indicative of his prowess.
The youngster struggled to find his range shooting 2 of 18 and missing all four 3-point attempts. Jaylen Brown was much more efficient and productive scoring 22 points.
Marcus Smart did his best to be a factor on both ends leading the team with 23 points while Gordon Hayward chipped in 17 points.
The concern for the Celtics is the health of Kemba Walker’s knee which is keeping him under a minutes restriction. The diminutive point guard just over 19 minutes scoring 16 points and adding two assists.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 9-2 in POR last 11 games as an underdog.
- Over is 7-2 in BOS last 9 games as a favorite.
- Portland is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games.
Free Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
With teams playing every other day the concern over Walker’s knee takes precedence. That said, the Celtics can’t afford to fall further behind Toronto or let Miami get any closer.
Consequently, expect both teams to play desperate in this match.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Blazers plus points
Who is more desperate? A team that needs to finish in ninth or a team who is considered a title threat but are feeling the heat (literally)?
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