Two squads from opposing conferences with almost identical records sitting among the top-5 places are clashing tonight, when the fifth in the East Boston Celtics (37-24), looking to end their current losing streak, are hosting the fourth in the West Portland Trail Blazers (37-23), who on the other hand want to extend their winning streak.
Date/Time: 02-27-2019, 20:00 EDT
Spread: Boston Celtics -2.5
Boston Celtics have a 37-24 record (31-30 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have three consecutive losses and in their last game they lost on the road against the Raptors with a 95-118 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Kyrie Irving with 23.5 ppg, adding 4.8 boards and a team high 6.9 dimes per game. He is followed by Jayson Tatum with 16.3 ppg and 6.3 boards per game.
Portland Trail Blazers have a 37-23 record (34-26 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the fourth place of the West. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Cavaliers with a 123-110 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Damian Lillard with 25.8 ppg, adding 4.6 boards and a team high 6.5 dimes per game. He is followed by CJ McCollum with 21.1 ppg and 4.1 boards per game.
In their previous meeting earlier this season the Blazers won at home with a 100-94 score. Celtics have a 23-8 home record, while the Blazers are 13-15 on the road. Blazers are better offensively, scoring 113.8 ppg to Celtics’ 112.5, while Celtics are better defensively, allowing 107 ppg to Blazers’ 110.2. Both teams have almost identical field goal percentage (46.5% to 46.3%), while Celtics have a better 3-point percentage (36.9% to 36.3%). Blazers are better in boards grabbed (47.8 to 45), while Celtics are better both in dimes made (26.2 to 22.9) and in turnovers committed (12.6 to 13.5). Celtics have been very strong at home and Vegas odds give them a -2.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds for another home victory.
Portland Trail Blazers vs Boston Celtics Prediction: Boston Celtics -2.5 (-111)
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