The Portland Trail Blazers will host the Boston Celtics tonight in a non-conference matchup. The Celtics are 7.5-point favorites and have a 49-14 record, while the Trail Blazers are 18-45 and 14th in the West.

Tip-off is set for 10:30 ET at the Moda Center, and the game can be seen on NBCS.

BOSTON CELTICS VS PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Boston Celtics -7.5

This game will be played at Moda Center at 10:30 ET on Monday, March 11th.

WHY BET THE BOSTON CELTICS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 115-106 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 48.4% and knocking down 16 threes.

Do the Celtics Have What it Takes in Portland?

Today, the Celtics are favored by 7.5 points against the Trail Blazers. This season, Boston has been favored in 60 of their 63 games and has a 47-13 record as the favorite. Against the spread, they are 28-29 as the favorite and 2-1 as the favorite on the road.

Boston’s O/U record for the season is 30-33, and their games have averaged 230.6 points per game. Today’s O/U line is set at 217, and all of their games have had higher over/under lines than that.

In their last game, the Celtics defeated the Suns by a score of 117-107. The O/U line for that game was 226 points. Boston was favored by 5.5 points going into the game, giving them an ATS win.

The Celtics are currently in 1st place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 49-14. Against other teams in the East, they are 33-7 and 16-7 against the West. On the road, the Celtics are 20-11 compared to 29-3 at home.

Heading into tonight’s game, the Celtics are one of the top offensive teams in the league, averaging 120.7 points per game (4th). However, they have been even better at home, where they are averaging 123.4 points per game (2nd). On the road, Boston is 5th in the NBA with 118.0 points per game.

So far this season, the Celtics have outscored the NBA scoring average in 71.4% of their games. In terms of pace, Boston is 16th in the league at 98 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Celtics are 9th in field goal percentage at 48%. They have been especially good from two-point range, hitting 57% of their shots (3rd). However, they are just 27th in two-pointers made per game and 30th in two-point attempts.

The Celtics’ defense is presently ranked 5th in the league, allowing an average of 109.8 points per contest. In the terms of takeaways, Celtics are causing 11.7 turnovers per game, ranking 4th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 2nd in rejections, averaging 6.5 blocked shots each game.

Can the Trail Blazers Offense Score Enough at Home?

Portland has gone 30-32-1 on the over/under this season and their games have averaged 224.1 points per game. In their last four games, the over has hit.

So far, the Trail Blazers are 17-40 as the underdog this season. Today, they are getting 7.5 points against the Celtics. In their games as the underdog, they have gone 29-28 against the spread, with an average scoring margin of -8.1 points per game.

In their most recent game, Portland defeated the Raptors by a score of 128-118. They were 2.5-point underdogs going into the game. The O/U line for that game was 228.5 points.

Despite their 18-45 record, the Trail Blazers are just 3.5 games out of the 8th seed in the Western Conference. In games against other Western Conference teams, they are 8-35 and 1-14 against their division.

Overall, the Trail Blazers are 14th in the Western Conference. At home, they have a record of 10-22 straight-up and are 13-19 against the spread. On average, they have been outscored by 6.0 points per game at home.

Portland enters the game ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 108.1 points per game. They have been slightly better at home, averaging 109.4 points per game compared to 106.7 on the road.

The Trail Blazers have been one of the top offensive rebounding teams in the league, grabbing 12.4 per game, which is 4th in the NBA. In terms of pace, Portland is 18th in the league at 98 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Trail Blazers are just 29th in field goal percentage at 44%. They are also one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the NBA, hitting just 35% of their attempts (25th).

Portland’s defense is currently in line with the NBA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 116.0 points per game. The Portland defense has allowed opponents to shoot 35.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 49.5% of their field goal attempts vs. Portland.