Boston Celtics vs. Portland Trail Blazers - 11/15/13
Portland Trail Blazers (6-2) at Boston Celtics (4-5)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm (TD Garden)
The Line: Boston Celtics +2.5 -- Over/Under: 194 See the Latest Odds
The Boston Celtics welcome LaMarcus Aldridge and the surging Portland Trail Blazers to town on Friday night.
Head to head, the Trail Blazers are 4-12 ATS in the last 16 meetings and Trail Blazers are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings in Boston while the favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings. The Celtics are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 vs. NBA Northwest, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. The Trail Blazers on the other hand are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record.
Despite their best efforts, the Boston Celtics couldn't manage their fifth-straight victory on Wednesday night as they fell to the visiting Charlotte Bobcats 89-83 in a low-scoring affair. Coming off 111 and 120 point outings in their most recent wins over Miami and Orlando, the Celtics couldn't get anything going offensivly against the Bobcats as they were held to just 37.7 percent from the floor in what was a grind it out type of game. Jeff Green continued his strong play by leading all Boston scorers with 19 points, but only tallied one rebound and no assists in 32 minutes of play.
The Portland Trail Blazers had to work hard for it, but they managed to hold off a pesky Phoenix Suns squad on Wednesday night 90-89 to record their sixth win of the season. Portland, who is currently 10th in the league in scoring at 102.4 points per game, were held in check by a young Suns team, shooting just 41.7 percent from the floor as Damien Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined to score just 23 points which is well down on their averages for the season. Alas, Lillard still came up with the biggest basket of the game as the scored a go-ahead layup with six seconds remaining to give his team the lead for good. The Trail Blazers then managed to stop Phoenix's last ditch effort as they held on for their sixth win in their first eight starts.
Boston has shown then are capable of beating some good teams as evidenced by their recent winning streak, but they are in for one of their toughest tests of the season tonight in Portland. The Trail Blazers lost their opening road game of the season in Phoenix but have since won games in Denver and Sacramento both by double-digits. This could go either way, but I'm going with the team with the best three/four players on the court in the Trail Blazers...
Dan’s Pick: Portland -2.5
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