Celtics vs. Trail Blazers Pick
Will the Celtics rebound off their loss to the Kings on Wednesday with an upset win over the Trail Blazers on Thursday?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Trail Blazers are 1-point home favorites versus the Celtics after the game hit the board as a pick'em. The total, meanwhile, is sitting at 220.5 and hasn't moved off that number.
Boston has won seven of its last 10 games but failed to cover in seven of those last 10 contests. The Celtics had their seven-game losing streak snapped by the Kings last night, losing 108-92 as an 8.5-point road favorite. Amir Johnson was one of the few bright spots for the Celtics, hitting 6-of-7 shots while scoring 14 points and five rebounds.
Portland has split over its last 10 games and has gone just 4-6 against the spread over those 10 contests. After losing back-to-back games, the Blazers beat the Mavericks 114-113 on Tuesday as a 2.5-point road favorite. Damian Lillard scored 29 points on 12-of-22 shots while logging 40 minutes. He combined with C.J. McCollum to score 61 points.
OUR PREDICTION: The Celtics have covered in 11 of the last 15 meetings between these two teams in Portland while the road team is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings between these two teams. Boston is also 42-17-1 against the number in its last 60 games playing on no rest and is 12-5-2 ATS in its last 19 road games. On the other side, the Blazers are just 7-18 at the betting window in their last 25 games following a win.
THURSDAY NBA PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS +1