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(18-26) Portland Trailblazers vs. Boston Celtics (26-16)
Date: Saturday January 21
Time: 5:00PM EST
Venue: TD Garden, Boston Massachusetts
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Celtics -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 219
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This game features the struggling Trailblazers going up[ against a strong Celtics squad.
Portland has lost 3 in a row, while the Celtics saw their win streak snapped by the lowly Knicks.
The Trailblazers have been arguably the biggest disappointment of the NBA season, sitting 7 games out of the 8th seed. At this point it will take a major turnaround to get things headed in the right direction.
Damian Lillard has struggled during the Blazers 3 game losing streak, shooting under 45% in each game, and dishing out 12 total assists. The talented guard has been snubbed from the All Star team each of the past 2 seasons, and his team’s poor play won’t help his chances to make the game.
Lillard is averaging a healthy 26 points per game, and should have a great matchup against Isaiah Thomas. Also look for good perimeter defenders Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart to keep Lillard out of his comfort zone when he gets the ball in his hands.
I expect Lillard to get his usual 20+ points but ultimately have to take a high volume of poor shots to get there.
C.J. McCollum should pose more of a threat to opposing defenses, but he is simply just a good shooter. He is averaging 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game. Expecting him to make an impact distributing the ball or on the glass are optimistic views, and I don’t see him matchup up well with Boston’s defenders.
The key stat for McCollum recently has been his lack of free throws attempted. He is averaging almost 4 attempts per game this season, but has just 2 in each of the last 3 contests. If he can’t attack the rim or draw early fouls the Blazers won’t stand a chance.
Center Mason Plumlee is a solid player on the Blazers front line. He is averaging 12 points and 7 rebounds per game. His defense has also gone up a notch as he has blocked 2 or more shots in 6 straight games. I’m expecting a double double from Plumlee tonight.
This Celtics will be a hard team to face in April and May, and they are led by All Star guard Isaiah Thomas. Thomas has been on a scoring tear during the last 6 games (4-2). He is averaging 34 points per game during this stretch and is also shooting 44% from behind the arc.
He shouldn’t have any issues keeping up this pace against a poor perimeter defending team like Portland. Look for Thomas to put up 35 in this one.
Al Horford had a terrible game against the Knicks, scoring just 5 points on 2-14 shooting. He was just 1-8 from behind the arc and you have to wonder if the Celtics offense will be more of a threat if he shooting three’s that he can’t hit consistently?
If Horford gets the ball in the paint he will easily put up 18 and 10, if he is forced into a perimeter offense he won’t have a major impact.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-3 in POR last 12 Sat. games.
- POR are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games.
- POR are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Sat. games.
- Over is 8-1 in BOS last 9 home games.
- Over is 13-3 in BOS last 16 overall.
- BOS are 20-8 ATS in their last 28 Sat. games.
- Favorite is 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings.
- POR are 7-15 ATS in the last 22 meetings.
Free Portland Trailblazers vs. Boston Celtics NBA Prediction:
This will be closer than people think, but Boston should come out with a 5 point vicotry.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Portland ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Boston 102 – Portland 97
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