Injury Woes Won’t Stop Celts from Making You Green

Swinging Johnson

Friday, March 23, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 2:42 PM UTC

The Celtics travel to Portland after a thriller in Oklahoma City while the Trail Blazers hope to rebound after their 13-game winning streak was halted in their showdown with Houston. Let’s check out the NBA odds and analyze this matchup of basketball powerhouses.

Celtics (48-23 SU, 42-26-3 ATS) vs Trail Blazers (44-27 SU, 39-25-7 ATS)

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Free NBA Pick: Celtics +7Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker
  • Portland is 5-0 ATS in their last five games as a favorite of 5.0-10.5.
  • Portland is 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
  • Portland is 14-2-1 ATS in their last 17 games as a home favorite.
  • Boston is 5-1 ATS in their last six games vs. a team with a winning percentage above .600.
  • Boston is 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games as a road underdog.
  • Boston is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 when their opponent allows 100 points or more in their previous game.

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#comebackSZN@Celtics with another improbable win vs the @okcthunder.@jaytatum0, @MookMorris2 & @T_Rozzay3 were 🔥 late in the game.

Special shout out to @985TheSportsHub, @SeanGrandePBP & Cedric Maxwell for the call! pic.twitter.com/1YMgLwQUXx

— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) March 21, 2018
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This is one of the few matchups where the trends point positive for both squads, and getting an edge in our NBA picks will not be had by delving into situational stats. The Boston Celtics are ailing, with superstar Kyrie Irving on the shelf due to lingering knee issues, shooting guard Jaylen Brown missing his sixth consecutive game in concussion protocol, while reserves Marcus Smart (hand) and Daniel Theis (knee) are both done for the regular season. Nevertheless, the Celtics demonstrated their grit, and the importance of a deep bench, when they edged the Thunder on Tuesday night in a thrilling 100-99 victory as 4 ½ point home underdogs.

Portland fell 115-111 to the explosive Houston Rockets in their last outing and saw their 13-game winning streak come to an end. The Blazers’ power forward Al-Farouq Aminu had 22 points, including 18 from beyond the arc, in defeat. Portland had covered the NBA odds in 10 consecutive games before Tuesday night’s loss and managed a push as four-point home dogs in the loss to Houston. Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard leads the team with a season average of 26.6 PPG, had 20 in the loss, but had it not been for his 10-for-10 night at the free throw line he would have had a less than impressive performance as he shot 29.4 percent from the field. Lillard has struggled mightily shooting the three recently, connecting on only 19.4 percent of those shots over his last four contests.

Despite the Celtics' injury travails, it is hard for me to lay seven points against them unless the opposition happens to be Golden State or Houston. Terry Rozier has blossomed this season playing behind Kyrie Irving and has averaged over 16 points per game over the last four in Irving’s absence. In addition, Jayson Tatum has moved to small forward due to the injury plagued Boston roster and the transition has been seamless for the talented rookie. Tatum scored 23 points and pulled down 11 boards in the win over Oklahoma City at his new spot and continues to impress as the third-overall pick in the most recent draft.

One last thing, the Trail Blazers big man in the middle, Jusuf Nurkic, is questionable for tonight’s game with a back issue. Even if he does go, he won’t be at peak form. Let’s take what the oddsmakers are giving us and back a live road dog here. Go Green!

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