Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trailblazers
The Boston Celtics travel to Portland on Thursday evening to play the Trailblazers.Â The Celtics are listed as a 4-point road favorite.Â The over/under total is set at 187.
The Boston Celtics overall record this year is an impressive 34-10, but their record against the spread is only 22-22.Â This is the first of a four-game west coast road trip for Boston.Â The Celtics lead the Atlantic Division by 11 games off the New York Knicks and are the top seed in the east if the playoffs began today.Â The Celtics lead the NBA in assists per game with 24.8, and is second in points allowed with 91.8.Â The Celtics average 88.6 points per game.Â There one weakness is in rebounding, where they rank 30th averaging only 38.3 rebounds.Â Boston last played on Tuesday at home against Cleveland and won 112-95 as a 16-point favorite.Â The combined 207 points went er the 197 total.Â Paul Pierce scored 24 points and Ray Allen contributed with 18.
Portland is 25-21 on the season and holds a 23-23 record against the spread.Â Portland finds itself in 4th place in the Northwest Division behind Oklahoma City, Utah and Denver.Â If the playoffs began today the Trailblazers would be the 8th seed in the west, making each game important to staying in the playoffs.Â Portland had won five-straight games before losing Monday as a 7-point home favorite 96-81 to the Sacramento Kings.Â The combined 177 points went well below the tal of 194.Â The der have won in Portlands last two games and they have also failed to cover in their last two games.Â Wesley Matthews scored 21 points to lead the Trailblazers in their defeat to the Kings.Â Nicolas Batum chipped in with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
The Celtics beat the Trailblazer earlier in the season in Boston 99-95.Â The Celtics failed to cover at home as they were 7-point home favorites.Â The combined 194 points went er the 186 total.Â In this series, the road team is 15-6 against the spread in the previous 21 games.
Im going to take the road team minus the 4-points.Â The Celtics have been playing extremely well and the Trailblazers seem like they are ready to struggle after their poor performance against Sacramento.Â I am also going to take under 187.Â Portland has been struggling to score and Boston plays great defense.
Boston Celtics -4 Portland Trailblazers
[ad#Betonline Sports link]