Celtics vs. Trail Blazers Prediction

NBA Predictions: Celtics a great underdog bet to cover vs. Blazers? 3/23/18

Are the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers laying too many points to the Boston Celtics tonight? The matchup will tip-off at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Game Snapshot

(867) Boston Celtics at (868) Portland Trail Blazers

Friday, March 23, 2018

TV: NBATV, 10:00 p.m. ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers from online sportsbook YouWager, the Trail Blazers are 7-point home favorites to knock off the Jazz, while the over/under currently sits at 203 points.

Bet This Matchup & Other NBA Games

LINE MOVEMENT

Portland opened as a 6.5-point home favorite but the line has moved to 7 at the majority of sportsbooks. The total, meanwhile, hit the board at 203 and that's where the number currently sits.

PUBLIC BETTING

As of this writing, 54% of betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Trail Blazers to cover the point spread. Meanwhile, 75% of the betting tickets wagered online are on the over.

KEY INJURY TO WATCH

Kyrie Irving is out with a knee injury and Gordon Hayward, of course, is out for the year due to his ankle injury. Jaylen Brown (concussion) and Marcus Smart (thumb, out for the year) are both out. On the other side, Jusuf Nurkic (back) is questionable for the Blazers.

BETTING STRATEGY

The Celtics have been a solid bet in this series, covering in 12 of their last 16 games in Portland and in 17 of their last 25 games versus the Trail Blazers overall. Boston is also 7-2 against the spread in its last nine games overall, is 27 of its last 37 road games, and is 7-3 at the betting window in its last 10 games versus Western Conference opponents. Even with all of the injuries that Boston is dealing with, I still like taking the points with a young, aggressive Celtics team that has been great at the betting window of late.

 

OUR PREDICTION: BOSTON CELTICS +7

Loading...

NBA Headlines

NBA Predictions & Picks

Thumbnail Jazz vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Jazz have had issues trying to cover in Denver, which is where they’ll play the Nuggets at 8:00 p.m. ET. Is the home dog the best play on the board tonight?
Thumbnail Lakers vs. Nuggets NBA Prediction The Nuggets are only laying 3.5-points to the Lakers on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET, but is Denver the best play on the board?
Thumbnail Celtics vs. 76ers NBA Prediction The red-hot 76ers have won eight of their last 10 games and are only laying 3.5 points to the visiting Celtics at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday night. Will Philly cover that...
Thumbnail Clippers vs. Pelicans Prediction The Clippers are 3-point road dogs on Thursday night when they take on the Pelicans at 8:00 p.m. ET. Will the Clippers pull off the small...
Thumbnail Warriors vs. Bucks NBA Prediction The Warriors are 3-point road dogs in Milwaukee on Thursday night when they take on the Bucks at 7:30 p.m. ET. Will Golden State pull off the upset or is Milwaukee...