Portland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 27, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Boston Celtics -3 -- Over/Under: 227.5
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The Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics meet Wednesday in NBA action at the TD Garden.
The Portland Trail Blazers look for another win after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Portland Trail Blazers are averaging 113.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Damian Lillard is averaging 25.8 points and 6.5 assists while CJ McCollum is averaging 21.1 points and 4.1 rebounds. Jusuf Nurkic is the third double-digit scorer and Enes Kanter is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Portland Trail Blazers are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 81.9 percent from the free throw line. The Portland Trail Blazers are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Portland Trail Blazers have won four of their last six road games.
The Boston Celtics could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Boston Celtics are averaging 112.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 106.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Kyrie Irving is averaging 23.8 points and 6.9 assists while Jayson Tatum is averaging 16.4 points and 6.3 rebounds. Marcus Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Al Horford is grabbing 6.9 rebounds. The Boston Celtics are shooting 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. The Boston Celtics are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45 rebounds per game. The Boston Celtics have won four of their last six home games.
The Trail Blazers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games, 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Celtics are 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 Wednesday games, 35-16 ATS in their last 51 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Celtics last 6 games playing on 0 days rest. The over is 9-3 in Trail Blazers last 12 overall.
The Boston Celtics have been much better at home this season where they shoot 47.7 percent from the field and win by an average of 9.6 points. However, I'm not eager to get behind a Boston team that was taken behind the woodshed last night by the Toronto Raptors and had many of the players looking depressed. The Portland Trail Blazers have quietly been one of the hotter teams in the league since the all-star break, and they're winning their last five games by an average of 11 points while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 38 percent from three. If the Celtics aren't able to put last night behind them quickly, the Trail Blazers could steamroll them yet again. I'll take my free bucket with the team in better form.