We are at the stage of the season in the NBA where teams are really starting to get serious about making a playoff push and securing the best possible seeding heading into the postseason. We are beginning to see a serious split in both conferences, with the teams in the top half already beginning to look safe. Even with almost two full months till to go in the season, we have seen the Milwaukee Bucks punch their ticket, with a handful of other teams now also on the brink of securing their spot. There is no team in the east that is going to be able to run down the Bucks, so it’s all about securing a top 4 and ensuring home court advantage through at least the opening round. The Boston Celtics are in a decent spot in the conference and could still potentially land in second. They will be looking to maintain the pressure on the Raptors in second place with a win on the road in Portland on Tuesday. It won’t be an easy one against a very desperate Portland side, but the Celtics are in as a 7 ½ point favorite, with the point total for this one set at 223. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the Celtics vs Blazers.
Celtics vs Blazers 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds
Why bet on the Boston Celtics
Despite losing their last game, the Boston Celtics have still been playing very decent ball of late, going 8-2 in their last 10 games. The downside is that that two teams above them in the eastern Conference, the Bucks and the Raptors, have been playing just as well, making it impossible for Boston to close the gap. As it stands now, the Celtics are 9 ½ games out of first and 2 ½ games back of the Toronto Raptors. They have been decent enough away from home, sitting 4 games above .500 at 16-12. Versus teams from the Western Conference, the Celtics have gone 14-8. From a betting standpoint, Boston have been a great pick against the spread of late, covering in 11 of their last 15 games.
- Total Score: 113.32
- Field Goal %: 46.24
- Three Point %: 36.38
- Free Throw %: 80.05
- Total Rebounds: 45.88
- Total Score: 106.55
- Field Goal %: 44.1
- Three Point %: 34.28
- Free Throw %: 76.07
- Total Rebounds: 44.02
Why bet on the Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers may not yet have their hand on the panic button, but you can bet that their hands are hovering just above it. The Trail Blazers have been truly disappointing this season and find themselves sitting below the playoff line with a 26-32 record on the season. That leave them 2 ½ games out of the final playoff spot, which might not be so bad if Portland were showing signs of being able to make up the ground. They have not been doing that, though, and are just 5-5 through their last 10 games. They have a winning record of 11-8 versus teams from the East, but they have struggled mightily when playing teams with a winning record, going 10-19 in those games.
- Total Score: 113.33
- Field Goal %: 45.62
- Three Point %: 37.07
- Free Throw %: 80.17
- Total Rebounds: 45.71
- Total Score: 115.29
- Field Goal %: 45.14
- Three Point %: 37.21
- Free Throw %: 76.41
- Total Rebounds: 47.93
Celtics vs Blazers NBA Betting Trends
- Boston are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games.
- Boston are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Boston’s last 5 games on the road.
- Portland are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 12 of Portland’s last 16 games.
- Portland are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
- Portland are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games at home.
- Portland are 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games when playing at home against Boston.
Celtics vs Blazers Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Boston Celtics are on a fine run of form at the moment and you would expect them to take care of a Portland team that is basically just treading water. I am on the Celtics to win and cover in Portland on Tuesday night.
Boston Celtics 120 Portland Trail Blazers 109