Portland Trail Blazers vs. Boston Celtics - 1/22/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (13-26) at Portland Trail Blazers (31-11)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics travel to the Moda Center to battle the shorthanded Portland Trailblazers tonight.
The Boston Celtics have lost 12 of their last 15 games and are staring down the barrel of a fourth straight loss after falling to the Clippers by 102-93 on Monday. Brandon Bass led the scoring with 17 points in just 27 minutes off the bench while Marcus Thornton added 15 and Jared Sullinger added 14, but the Celtics were always playing from behind, trailing by as many as 23 points before a few consolation baskets kept the final score respectable. With the loss, the Celtics have now lost their last three games by an average of 13 points, including their last three road games by nine points.
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Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have lost four of their last five and are coming off a 118-113 loss to the Suns in their first game without LaMarcus Aldridge who is out indefinitely. Nicolas Batum had a monster game of 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews added 22 points each, but the Blazers just couldn't find a way to slow down the Suns' Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas who combined for 60 points. Portland has really been doing it tough lately and you can't be feeling too optimistic about their season with Aldridge out, especially since he has no timetable for return yet.
In ATS trends, the Celtics are 4-1 ATS in their last five road games but just 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team above .600, while the Blazers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games playing on zero days rest but 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
Head to head, the Celtics are 13-6 ATS in the last 19 meetings overall and 7-2 ATS in the last nine meetings in Portland.
The Blazers' postseason hopes took a massive hit when Aldridge went down but I think this Celtics team still isn't quite good enough to take down the Blazers at home. Expect a big night from Lillard and Matthews and a bunch of threes from the Blazers in what will be a high scoring shootout.