The Boston Celtics pay a visit to the Moda Center to do battle with the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday night.
The Boston Celtics have been on a nice run lately as they’ve won five of their past six games and they will be gunning for a fourth straight win after routing the red-hot Nuggets in a 105-87 road win on Sunday. Jayson Tatum led the team with 28 points and 10 rebounds, Jaylen Brown added 20 points with eight rebounds and two blocks while Kemba Walker and Marcus Smart each scored 14 points. As a team, the Celtics shot 44 percent from the field and seven of 33 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and scored just 16 points in the first quarter to trail by 14 points early, before flipping the game on its head in the fourth quarter where they outscored the Nuggets by 31-8 to win comfortably in the end.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their past six games and they will be looking to bounce back after falling short against the Heat in a 107-98 home loss on Sunday. Norman Powell and CJ McCollum each scored 17 points while Damian Lillard chipped in with just 12 points on three of 10 shooting. As a team, the Trailblazers shot 48 percent from the field and 11 of 35 from the 3-point line as they went ice-cold and scored just 17 points in the second quarter, before allowing 33 points in the third quarter to fall behind by 20 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Celtics are 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a win of more than 10 points. The Trailblazers are 0-6 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 home games against a team with a losing road record.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings in Portland and the Celtics are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Portland.
The Celtics will still be without Evan Fournier, but they’re coming into this game with plenty of momentum and they’ll like their chances against the Trailblazers who just haven’t looked like themselves with Lillard going through a shooting slump. This should be a close contest, but the Celtics are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings in Portland and I think that trend continues here as the Trailblazers’ struggles continue.