Boston Celtics (28-26) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (31-22)
The Boston Celtics will be looking for their fourth straight victory when they take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday. Boston won their third straight game when they defeated Denver on Sunday, 105-87. Portland lost to Miami on Sunday, 107-98. That was their fourth loss in the last six games.
Portland is the favorite at 1.0-points. The Celtics have won the last two meetings between these teams, including a 128-124 victory back on August 2, 2020. Boston is 6-4 and the last 10 meetings between these teams.
Celtics Rally to Down NuggetsBoston rallied from 11 points down to defeat Denver 105-87. Jayson Tatum led the team with 28 points, but he had to hit nine of 23 shots to reach that point. Tatum also added 10 rebounds. All five starters scored in double digits. The team shot 44.8% from the field, but just 21.2% from the three-point range.
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that is averaging 112.4 ppg while allowing 110.4 points per contest. They are shooting 46.9% from the field and 37.4% from the three-point range. The team is fourth in the NBA in offensive rebounds at 10.8 per game and is 15th in total rebounds at 44.1 per contest.
Tatum leads Boston at 25.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Jaylen Brown is averaging 24.3 points and 5.8 boards per contest. Evan Fournier (11.5 ppg) is out for this contest.
Trail Blazers Fall to HeatMiami outscored Portland by 12 in the second quarter, propelling them to a 107-98 victory over the Trail Blazers. It was a tough night for Portland, as just four scorers recorded double-digit points, led by CJ McCollum and Norman Powell who each scored 17. Jusuf Nurkic led the team in rebounds with nine.
Portland is seventh in the NBA in points per game at 114.7 but is 26th in points allowed at 114.9 per game. The Trail Blazers are shooting 44.6% from the field and 38.0% from the three-point range, sixth overall. They are third in free-throw shooting at 82.9% and are averaging 17.8 free throws per game, eighth-best in the NBA. Portland is fifth in offensive rebounds at 10.7 per game and is 18th in total rebounds at 43.9 per contest.
Damian Lillard leads the team in scoring at 28.7 ppg and is the assist leader at 7.6 per contest. McCollum is averaging 23.5 points per game. Portland has no significant injuries for this contest.
- 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games following a victory.
- 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.
Portland Trail Blazers:
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.
- 4-1 ATS in their last five games as the favorite.
- 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games at home when facing a team with a losing record on the road.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Celtics are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings between these teams in Portland, and they enter on a bit of a hot streak with three straight victories. However, they have not been a very good road team this season, going 11-16. Meanwhile, Portland is 16-11 at home.
The Trail Blazers had a disappointing performance against Miami, and I look for a big rebound by them here. Maybe the trends do not support a victory, but I think they pull it out.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 227.0. These teams have gone over in four of the last five meetings in Portland. However, Boston has gone under in eight of their last nine games while going over in five of their last seven games on the road. Portland has gone under in five of their last six games and has gone under in six straight games at home.
I like the under here as well. Boston is a solid defensive team. I agree that Portland is not, but they have held opponents under 110 in each of their last three home games, including holding them under 100 in two of those contests.
Take Portland to win, 110-107.