Trail Blazers vs. Celtics - 3/31/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston Celtics (43-31) at Portland Trail Blazers (39-36)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:00 pm (Moda Center)
The Line: Portland Trail Blazers -2 -- Over/Under: 217 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSNN, CSNN
The Boston Celtics and Portland Trail Blazers meet late Thursday night at the Moda Center.
The Boston Celtics look for consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 105.6 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 102.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Isaiah Thomas is averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 assists while Avery Bradley is averaging 15.1 points and 2.8 rebounds. Jared Sullinger is grabbing 8.3 rebounds and Evan Turner is dishing 4.4 assists. The Boston Celtics are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.1 percent from the free throw line. The Celtics are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.1 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Portland Trail Blazers could also use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 104.5 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 103.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.4 points and 6.9 assists while C.J. McCollum is averaging 20.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Allen Crabbe is dishing 1.2 assists and Al-Farouq Aminu is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.9 percent from the free throw line. The Trail Blazers are allowing 36.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.7 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won five straight home games.
The Celtics are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. NBA Northwest. The Trail Blazers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 2 days rest and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Celtics are 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Portland and 15-6 ATS in the last 21 meetings overall.
I've been backing the Portland Trail Blazers all season, and it's paid off hand ove fist. These low lines and Portland continue to cash, especially at home. Boston doesn't have the offense to hang with the Trail Blazers shooting. Take the home team and low number.