NBA Blazer vs. Celtics Preview and Prediction
Appointment time: 08-02-2020, 15:30 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -4 total: +230.5
The Celtics (43-22), who have already secured a playoff spot, face the Blazers (30-37) who are still looking for a spot in the postseason. Celtics are the third and 1½ game before the heat. On the other hand, blazers are 2½ games behind the eighth and last playoff place in the West.
Celts have a 43-22 record (38-24-3 ATS) and are third in the east. In the first game of the restart they lost to the bucks (119-112) and could not cover the spread of +3.5.
Jayson Tatum leads the team with 23.3 ppg and adds 7.1 rebounds. However, he was disappointed with the loss to the goats and scored only 5 points in a terrible 2:18 shootout.
Portland Trail Blazer
blazer have a 30-37 record (28-37-2 ATS) and are 9th in the West. In their last game, they won in extra time between 140 and 135 against the grizzlies and covered the spread of -3.5.
Damian Lillard leads the team with both 28.9 ppg and 7.8 templates. CJ McCollum adds 22.7 ppg and he has a huge 33 point game with 14-21 shots behind him.
head to head
The Celtics on road 106-118 won at their previous meeting earlier this season.
Blazers are better offensive (114 to 113). Celtics are better defensively (107 to 115.5).
Portland has better percentages for both FGs (46.2% to 45.8%) and 3-pointers (37.3% to 36.1%). They also set fewer sales (13.1 to 13.7).
On the other hand, Celtics are better at both rebounding (46 to 45.4) and assists (22.7 to 20.3).
Bookmakers give the Celtics a -4 spread, but don’t expect them to outperform the odds. The blazers need this win more and will certainly force a closer game.
Blazer vs Celtics prediction: Portland Trail Blazer +4 (-107)
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