The Portland Trail Blazers (26-32) will be at home in Moda Center at the Rose Quarter when they clash with the Boston Celtics (39-17). Action starts at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.
Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers Betting Preview
In the Celtics’ last matchup, they lost a close one to the Los Angeles Lakers, 114-112, but were able to cover as 7.5-point underdogs. Jayson Tatum put together a good game for Boston, leading both teams in scoring with 41 points on 12-for-20 shooting. Los Angeles forced the Celtics into a turnover percentage of 15.0 (above their season average of 11.6). Boston, on the other hand, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.536 vs. 0.517). The two teams combined to score 226 points, which came in over the projected point total of 222.5.
Although the Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons in their last contest, 107-104, they were not able to cover as 5.5-point favorites. Portland rallied around CJ McCollum, who was the game’s high scorer with 41 points on 15-for-30 shooting. The Trail Blazers, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.524, had a superb mark of 0.565 and had a turnover percentage of 9.8 (better than their season average of 11.0). Combined, the two squads scored 211 points, which was under the O/U total of 220.
This is the first time these teams will clash this year. The Trail Blazers won both contests played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Portland won 97-92. The Trail Blazers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.167 and a great offensive rebounding percentage of 28.3. The Celtics were 0.081 and 18.6, respectively, for those same stats.
Of Boston’s 56 games, 28 have finished under the projected point total, while 31 of Portland’s 58 games have finished over the projected point total. The Celtics come into this game with much better straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 39-17 SU and 34-21-1 ATS, while the Trail Blazers are 26-32 SU and 23-33-2 ATS.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Celtics, it’s been Tatum, who has averaged 28 points,8.8 rebounds,1.2 steals,1.2 blocks, while the Trail Blazers have received solid contributions from McCollum (22 points,4.8 assists).
The high-powered offense of Boston (fifth in the league with an offensive efficiency of 111.1) will go head-to-head against the porous defense of Portland (24th in the league with a defensive efficiency of 111.4). The Celtics should have the edge on that end of the court.
Boston Celtics at Portland Trail Blazers ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Celtics, ATS Winner – Celtics, O/U – Over
The Celtics rank ninth in rebounds allowed per game (44.0) while the Trail Blazers rank 29th (48.0).
Boston ranks 12th in points in the paint per game (48.5) while Portland ranks 26th (44.0).
Boston ranks ninth in steals per game (8.2) while Portland ranks 28th (5.9).
Boston ranks 14th in three pointers attempted per game (33.8) while Portland ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (35.0).
Boston is 17-10-1 ATS on the road, while Portland is 11-16-1 ATS at home.
The total has gone under in 16 of the Celtics’ 28 road games, while 17 of the Trail Blazers’ 28 home games have gone over.
In games where they allow under 100 points, Boston is 12-2 and Portland is 4-0.
The Trail Blazers are 26-25 when they reach 100 points, while the Celtics are 38-11.
The Celtics rank 15th in second chance points allowed per game (12.8) while the Trail Blazers rank last (15.8).
Boston ranks seventh in points off turnovers per game (18.0) while Portland ranks last (13.9).
The Trail Blazers average 6.3 blocks per game, which ranks second in the NBA. The Celtics rank 22nd in blocks allowed per game (5.6).
The Celtics rank fourth in assists allowed per game (22.4) while the Trail Blazers rank 16th (24.4).
Boston ranks sixth in fast break points per game (15.4) while Portland ranks 26th in fast break points allowed per game (14.9).
Portland is 1-4 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Boston is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
The Trail Blazers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.4, up from 2.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Celtics have scored an average of 119.4 points per game (6.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 118.2 points per game (11.6 above their season average).