Ride Red-Hot Blazers Over Boston

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 1:50 AM UTC

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 1:50 AM UTC

After getting smoked in Toronto, the Boston Celtics will have trouble beating the NBA odds Wednesday night when they host the Portland Trail Blazers.

<p style="text-align:right"><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Feb. 25: 13-12 ATS, 0-4 ML (minus-9.35 units), 17-8 Totals</em></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Portland (37-23 SU, 34-26 ATS) vs Boston (37-24 SU, 31-30 ATS)</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Wednesday, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN</strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Free NBA Pick: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/portland-trail-blazers-vs-boston-celtics-3569848/odds/" target="_blank" title="Live odds for this game">Blazers ATS</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center"><strong>Best Line Offered: <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" target="_blank">BetOnline</a></strong></p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569848, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,169,93,180,139], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p>The Boston Celtics can still win the title. Sure, they’re reeling a bit right now at 3-5 SU and ATS in their last eight games, and sure, they’re not showing nearly the same promise they did last year. But the Celtics (+900) are still No. 3 on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/">NBA odds</a> list at Bovada, and they still have two of the league’s best players in point guard Kyrie Irving (plus-6.8 BPM) and center Al Horford (plus-5.1 BPM), playing at premium positions on the court.<br /><br />That’s about all the positives I have for the Celtics right now. That, and their owner wasn’t caught on tape getting serviced at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida – not that we know of, yet. The Celtics just got whacked 118-95 by the Toronto Raptors as 3.5-point road dogs; they have to make the quick turnaround for Wednesday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Of course we’re going to put the Trail Blazers in our <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/">NBA picks</a>, especially now that they’ve been bet down from –3 to –2.5 as we go to press.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Around The World </strong></h2><p>Even if the Celtics were on a roll, we might have sided with Portland (a steal at +10000 to win the title) in this one. They were idle Tuesday, taking a well-deserved break after winning their last four games SU and ATS. The Blazers are about as small-market as an NBA team can get; they’re also sixth in the league in offensive efficiency at 110.7 points per 100 possessions, one small step ahead of Boston at 110.6.<br /><br />Granted, the Celtics have the superior defense of the two. They’re tied for sixth at 103.9 points allowed/100; Portland are way down in 18th place at 107.8. But the Blazers are fresh, and their only injured player of note is guard Evan Turner (minus-2.0 BPM), which is just as well. The Celtics are missing center Aron Baynes (plus-0.7 BPM) and his atomic man-bun, and their current slide began about the same time as Baynes went on the shelf with a left foot contusion.<br /><br />[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Kyrie is fed up 😂 &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/bi1LUp3OGq\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/bi1LUp3OGq&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1100590955835473921?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;February 27, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]<br /><br />Okay, maybe Boston’s struggles have more to do with Irving. After playing lights-out in December, Irving’s production has slipped; he’s missed nine of the last 23 games with assorted injuries, and then you have his public declaration that he might not pick up his player option for next year. Will Irving end up joining Kevin Durant with the New York Knicks? Is the Earth round? Wait, don’t answer that – just fade the C’s this Wednesday, and may the <em>sphere</em> be with you.</p>
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