Celtics Still Struggling, Pick Blazers for Sunday Showdown

Saturday, November 10, 2018 6:50 PM UTC

Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 6:50 PM UTC

The Boston Celtics still haven’t figured out what to do with all their players. The Portland Trail Blazers just keep shredding the NBA odds. Sunday’s pick is easy.

<p style="text-align:right"><strong><em>Jason’s 2018-19 NBA picks record through Nov. 10: 4-4 ATS, 1-1 Totals</em></strong></p><h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/boston-celtics-vs-portland-trail-blazers-3569886/odds/" rel="nofollow" title="Game Odds">Boston (7-5 SU, 4-8 ATS) vs. Portland (9-3 SU and ATS)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Sunday, 9 p.m. ET, Portland</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NBA Pick: Blazers ATS</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href="http://https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4423&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top-Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3569886, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,999991,93,238,19], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p><p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/nba-picks-day-off-gives-celtics-edge-over-pacers/87372/" rel="nofollow" title="Previous Coverage">You had one job</a>, Boston Celtics. All you needed to do was cover as 3.5-point road faves against an Indiana Pacers team that was playing the second of back-to-back games. And you failed, losing 102-101. Then you dropped the cash in each of your next three contests – hell, you almost lost to the Phoenix Suns (+9.5 at home). Sad!<br /><br />Looks like our Employee of the Month award might go to the Portland Trail Blazers instead. <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/blazers-the-better-free-nba-pick-against-weary-pelicans/87346/" rel="nofollow" title="Previous Coverage">They had the rest advantage</a> on Nov. 1 when they hosted the New Orleans Pelicans, and they prevailed 132-119 as 6.5-point favorites. Since then, Portland are 3-1 SU and ATS, putting them near the top of the Western Conference standings. There isn’t a back-to-back situation in play for Sunday’s Celtics-Blazers game, but given the way these two teams are performing – and Portland’s small-market status – we’re going to recommend the home side for your <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/nba/" rel="nofollow" title="Live NBA Picks">NBA picks</a>.</p><h2><strong>Road Apples</strong></h2><p>Fatigue will still play some role in this matchup. The Celtics are at the tail end of a five-game road swing, and Sunday will be their third game in four days after taking Saturday off. Meanwhile, the Trail Blazers are wrapping up a six-game home stand at the former Rose Garden, and they haven’t played since Thursday. Advantage: Portland.<br /><br />Then you have that whole small-market thing. No one outside the Pacific Northwest pays attention to the Portland Trail Blazers; for that matter, no one south of Washington and north of California does, either. Damian Lillard (plus-7.5 BPM) gets some attention as an individual star, but ask any NBA fan on the street about Zach Collins (plus-4.4 BPM), and you’re likely to be met with shrugs. Or pepper spray.</p><h2><strong>Gordon Haywire</strong></h2><p>Collins, for the uninitiated, was the BMOC (literally, at 7-feet tall) for the Gonzaga Bulldogs when they went to the National Championship Game in 2017. He struggled a bit as a rookie last year, but Collins has made big strides as a sophomore, giving Portland some much-needed support behind starting center Jusuf Nurkic (plus-4.9 BPM).</p><blockquote data-lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Hayward just laughing at the haters 😂🤷‍♂️ &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/6Oxwr8A6so\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/6Oxwr8A6so&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Celtics on NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSCeltics) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NBCSCeltics/status/1061082316410220544?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;November 10, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p></blockquote><p>Depth is not an issue for the Celtics, of course. Chemistry, on the other hand, is a major concern. Kyrie Irving (plus-6.0 BPM) may be back to his usual self, but Gordon Hayward (0.0 BPM) has yet to find his previous All-Star form, shooting a career-worst 39.4 percent from the field. And Hayward’s presence has completely messed things up for Jaylen Brown (minus-4.2 BPM). The Cs will probably work this out before too long, but for now, get ready to fade this underperforming brand name once the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/nba-basketball/" rel="nofollow" title="Live NBA Odds">NBA odds</a> hit the board.</p>
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